Deafening Media Silence on ‘Bank Transfer Day’ Success, 650k Accounts Transferred to Credit Unions

Posted on Nov 07, 2011 in Economic News, Political Issues

Kevin Hayden –

Source: MSNBC

The big banks are keeping quiet about whether customers are switching to non-profit credit unions this weekend as part of the Facebook-propelled “Bank Transfer Day” protest.

In Los Angeles, organizers predicted that thousands would move their accounts from the big commercial banks, but it was unclear how many actually did.  An estimated 650,000 consumers have transferred $4.5 billion from banks to credit unions since the end of September.

Hayden’s Note:

While I think this is great, this isn’t something to get wildly excited about.  I mean, it’s better than using Bank of America or Chase, but you’re still utilizing the system.  Whether you’re super-stoked or mildly amused by this action, I think it’s headed in the right direction.  Hopefully it continues to manifest itself into waking people up to even bigger issues!

Doug Allen moved the bulk of his and his wife’s savings to Partners Credit Union in Burbank, which has added some 600 new accounts recently and took the unusual step of opening its doors on a Saturday.

“I’ve [been] meaning to do it for awhile, so when I saw this event today, I thought, ‘That’s the perfect reason to finally do it,'” Allen said.
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