Big banks continue to charge big bucks for their checking accounts.
Bank of America, the nation's and Florida's largest bank, and No. 2 Citibank have 10 of the 20 "worst" products in the latest checking account pricing study by Bankrate.com.
Though the cost of maintaining a regular checking account has leveled off, interest-bearing checking remains a bad deal for many consumers, said the North Palm Beach research company.
Average yields on interest-rate checking are below 1998 levels despite overall rate hikes, and many such accounts are yielding less than 1 percent interest, or less than $50 a year on a $5,000 balance, the company said.