October 3 update: Wells Fargo has stepped in and placed a better offer for Wachovia.
Wachovia is my main brick-and-mortar bank. The bank has held my primary, though small, savings and checking accounts for about fifteen years. During this time, it hasn’t always been known as Wachovia to me due to a series of mergers and acquisitions. My accounts, which haven’t moved, were held at First Union National Bank, CoreStates National Bank, and New Jersey National Bank.
Soon, my bank will be Citibank. Citibank recently announced its plans to bail out Wachovia’s banking operations.
Until now, I’ve managed to hold completely free accounts at Wachovia. While I’ve been charged fees for various reasons, perhaps mistakes on my part like allowing my savings account balance to dip below a minimum level, Wachovia has always refunded the charges. In fact, I’ve been quite happy with the bank’s customer service all around from the beginning.
If CitiBank does not offer a free option to correspond with my current Wachovia accounts once the acquisition and transition is complete, I will not hesitate to move my funds out of the bank. I have had some interesting experiences with CitiBank’s banking services — mostly on the business end — and I’m not anticipating the switch.
- Deposits insured by FDIC won’t be lost.
- If you sell your Wachovia stock, which was at $3.50 per share as of last night, you can write off your losses against your stock gains for tax purposes.
- Wachovia mortgages and student loans will become Citi’s assets along with bank accounts after December 31.
Updated October 3, 2008 and originally published October 1, 2008. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.