NetSpend Holdings Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of NetSpend Holdings (Nasdaq: NTSP  ) initially surged more than 11% only to fall back to up 2% as of this writing. A rally in shares of peer Green Dot Corp. (Nasdaq: GDOT  ) may account for the gains.

So what: The rally is a rarity for both companies, which have suffered tough losses year to date. Shares of Green Dot have twice plunged more than 10% over the past month. Volatility, thy name is stocks in the prepaid banking industry.

Now what: For those willing to stomach the occasional bumps and bruises, there does appear to be a genuine -- perhaps even Rule Breaking -- opportunity here. NetSpend and Green Dot serve a base of some 60 million Americans who don’t have access to classic banking services.

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  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2011, at 5:56 PM, slade901 wrote:

    Netspend allowed my tax preparer open an account in my name, sent the card to her address,allowed her to activate the card and spend my tax refund all with out my knowledge or authorization and are deny liablity. Stating that I knew the person and should have protect my Card and Funds> How Can I protect an account i did not know even existed until the irs told me the information needed to find my Refund. I am a poor man struggling to get by and the getting wrong punished by netspend for their mistakes .They asked me for my mother's maiden name and id number why did they not ask the one who opened this account and activated this card? I am going to post this on facebook my space black planet and every where else I can in order to gain Justice. Netspend owes me $1350 .Just big rich corp taken advatange of the less fortunate. As usual.

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2011, at 6:19 PM, slade901 wrote:

    They also would not give me nor Law enforcement Officer Sgt.Knox of MPD Fraud Dept. the information needed to pursue the investigation. Violating my Federal Truth in Lending Rights.

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2011, at 7:25 PM, Gridlocked wrote:

    Netspend and AccountNow are toast when the banks and credit unions enter the prepaid market.

    They offer no extra value just extra fees.

    Green Dot has a fighting chance with their pending acquisition of Bonneville Bank and efforts to make deposits cheap or free.

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