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Banks charge more, higher fees than credit unions, groups say

...less. Fees charged by bigger credit unions are similar to those levied by banks, said James Chessen, chief economist for the bankers' group. The larger credit unions "are very aggressive and profit-oriented, and they are competing head-to-head...
More Americans get ahead, fall behind

The nation's economic expansion, entering its seventh year, is the third-longest this century. It has helped offset job insecurity and boosted the dollar value of many retirement and investment portfolios. But while consumers are confident and using credit cards more than ever before, a record number are falling behind in their payments, according to reports released Thursday. On paper, at least, Americans think they are richer than ever, even if they are not always paying their credit-card bills or rent on time.
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