According to the New York Post, Ally Financial (the parent company of Ally Bank) is in talks to buy ING Direct. Ally is reportedly making this move in hopes of boosting their deposit base as they wind down their troubled mortgage assets. Discussions regarding this acquisition are apparently “far along,” and rumor has it that the sale of ING Direct could fetch as much as $10B.
What do you think? Good news? Bad news? Or much ado about nothing?
Personally, I like both banks, though I’m not crazy about the possibility of Ally mucking around with ING’s excellent interface, or the possibility of Ally adopting ING’s typically lower rate structure. More generally, competition is a good thing, and I’d like to see as many good options in the banking space as possible.