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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Banks Speed Up - Sort Of

A rare piece of good news for bank customers whereby the banks, whose reputation has sunk to an all time low, have actually started to do something the benefits their long suffering customers.

A banking scheme for one-day cash transfers over the phone or on the internet has started.

This is designed to speed up the process of transfers, which previously took up to four days.

Can you guess what happened to the money being transferred during this four day period?

It earned the banks a very nice £30M in interest per annum.

How nice for them!

Under the new scheme customers will be able to make one-off payments, up to a maximum value of £10K, over the telephone or via the internet. These payments will leave their account and arrive at the destination account on the same day.

The 13 banks included in the scheme are: Abbey, Alliance and Leicester, Barclays, Citi, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks (National Australia Group), Co-operative Bank, HBOS, HSBC, Lloyds TSB, Nationwide Building Society, Northern Bank (Danske Bank), Northern Rock, and Royal Bank of Scotland Group (including NatWest and Ulster Bank).

I wonder what the catch is?

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