Citizens Bank,Citizens Financial Group, Inc has announced it set a company record for new checking accounts opened by Citizens Bank and Charter One customers during a one-week period. From October 3 through October 9, 2009, Citizens opened tens-of-thousands of new checking accounts throughout its 12-state retail footprint, surpassing its previous one-week record in 2007 by nearly 200 percent. We are committed to simplifying our customers busy lives by making banking easier, said Vice Chairman Martin Bischoff, who heads Consumer and Business Banking at Citizens Financial Group. Our recent offers have enabled us to attract tens-of-thousands of new Citizens Bank and Charter One customers. As part of our focus on exceptional service, we look forward to providing our customers helpful banking solutions to achieve their financial goals.Last week, Citizens began offering new customers up to $220 for opening a checking account. Through the offer, which ends November 13, 2009, customers earn: $50 for enrolling in direct deposit; $25 for making five online bill payments; $25 for making five debit or credit card transactions and up to $120 a year with Green$ense, which rewards customers for helping the environment by reducing paper-based transactions.Launched last October, Green$ense rewards customers $0.10 for each electronic payment they make, up to $10 per month and $120 per year. Unlike other incentive programs, Green$ense deposits cash directly into a customer s checking account on a monthly basis, providing greater savings and spending flexibility. And, rather than limiting cash payouts to debit card transactions, customers enrolled in Green$ense earn money for debit card purchases (signature and PIN), online bill payments and recurring payments, making it the most robust program of its kind in the industry.In addition to Green$ense, Citizens has created other helpful solutions for customers. HomeBuyer Savings℠ and CollegeSaver℠ are two new innovative products that put an extra $1,000 in the pockets of Citizens Bank and Charter One customers who are saving for two significant life events purchasing homes and funding their children s college education. Since launching the products in April 2009, Citizens is opening about 1,000 Homebuyer Savings and CollegeSaver accounts every week.With HomeBuyer Savings, customers receive the $1,000 towards their new home when they save a minimum of $100 per month for 36 months and finance their home with Citizens Bank or Charter One. At the end of three years, customers can use their accumulated savings towards a down payment with the additional $1,000 applied against their closing costs.CollegeSaver enables customers who save a minimum of $25 per month until their child is 18 to earn a $1,000 bonus plus interest for opening an account by their child s sixth birthday. Customers receive the $1,000 bonus plus all the accrued interest when the child turns 18.In addition to Citizens helpful products, it offers customers free Fit CheckupsSM, one-on-one consultations with bankers who can help them select the products and services that best fit their borrowing and savings needs. Citizens has provided nearly 2 million Fit Checkups since it began offering them in February of 2008. Customers can learn more about Citizens products and special promotional offers at citizensbank.com or charterone.com, or by visiting their nearest branch.About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is a $153 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and, through its subsidiaries, has 1,480 branches, approximately 3,600 ATMs and approximately 23,000 employees. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets as of June 30, 2009. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG s Web site is citizensbank.com. Source: Citizens Financial Group.
Photo courtesy of Sports InformationHistory in the making · Junior offensive guard Viane Talamaivao and the football team have the chance to win their 18th straight opening game.The hype surrounding Saturday’s matchup between No. 1 Alabama and No. 20 USC has been cranked to another degree. All of the buzz surrounding this contest leads to one question, “Is this the biggest season opener in the history of USC football?”To thoroughly answer this question, one must revisit some of the more memorable season-opening contests which the Trojans have played in the past. USC has had a tradition of performing well in season openers, and this remains true today — the Trojans have not lost a season opener in the last 17 years. Several defining moments in the program’s history have come during these season-opening match-ups, including:1962: vs. DukeIn 1962, former USC Trojans head coach John McKay was entering his third season at the helm of the University’s football program. USC came away with a 14-7 victory over Duke. This victory would be the first of many for the Trojans in 1962, as the team would go on to win McKay’s first national title that season. Beyond starting the season 1-0, the victory was crucial in turning around McKay’s tenure as head coach. Over his first two seasons, McKay earned an 8-11-1 record. McKay finished his career as a legendary four-time national champion coach for the Trojans and producing two Heisman winners. 2003: at AuburnThe USC Trojans, then ranked No. 8, entered Jordan-Hare Stadium in Alabama to kick off their 2003 season against the then-No. 6 Auburn Tigers. USC would go on to dominate the game, shutting out the Tigers, 23-0. The contest also featured the debut of quarterback Matt Leinart as a starter. The first pass went for a 5-yard touchdown to former wide receiver Mike Williams. The win for USC was the beginning of a 12-1 season for the Men of Troy in which they also won the first of two consecutive national championships. The decisive victory against a top-10 opponent also further confirmed that the Trojans’ run to the Orange Bowl in the 2002 season was by no means a fluke. 2004: at Virginia TechFollowing their 2003 national title season, USC entered 2004 ranked as the undisputed No. 1 team in the nation. The Trojans began their national title defense by defeating Virginia Tech 24-13 in a tough neutral site game. In a contest in which they trailed 10-7 at halftime, USC powered back in the second half to earn its first win of 2004. A standout performance from former running back Reggie Bush — five receptions for 127 receiving yards — helped the Trojans outscore the Hokies 17-3 in the second half for the victory. Many consider this season’s opening contest against Virginia Tech the birth of the Reggie Bush era. The Trojans dominated in 2004, winning their second consecutive national championship. USC went 13-0 and maintaining the No. 1 ranking all season long.Saturday: vs. AlabamaThis contest has all the potential to be the biggest season opener in USC football history — if the Trojans can come away with a win. Should No. 20 USC pick up the victory against the Crimson Tide, the team would instantly find itself in talks for a berth for the College Football Playoff. One could hardly imagine a more ideal start to the Clay Helton era should USC come out on top. If redshirt junior quarterback Max Browne can leave AT&T Stadium with a win Saturday, it will only further affirm Helton’s decision to grant him the starting role. The verdict: USC will play its biggest season opener this Saturday.Hype-wise, it is safe to say the promotion and build up behind Saturday’s contest has been the loudest of any USC openers in recent history.From a national perspective, spectators will expect this contest to be a case of Alabama flexing its muscles all over a USC team that is coming off of a heartbreaking loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl in 2015 and has a new head coach and quarterback. This game has been projected by many as nothing more than an early season tune-up for the Tide against a ranked opponent. However, from the USC perspective, so much could ride on this contest with a victory. While a season-opening loss to the reigning national champions would not alter the college football world, a victory over Alabama would launch USC to the front lines of national title discussion.