TCF Financial Corp. was among the first to free customers of account maintenance fees, back in the 1980s, but now it is leading the charge to bring them back.

The $17.7 billion-asset company in Wayzata, Minn., announced this week that it is planning to introduce TCF Convenience Checking in the first quarter, a product that would replace overdraft fees on each item with a daily non-sufficient-fund charge and another charge should an account fall below a certain level.

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