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Choosing The Best Bank Account

Feb 27, 2008
Choosing the best bank accounts for your needs is one of the most important decisions you will make. Many consumers believe that simply walking into a local bank and signing up for a savings account or checking account is all that is needed.

This can work for some people, but many others would do better if some time was spent researching the various bank accounts that are available.

Bank accounts are more than places to store your money. They are, in fact, financial tools that can help you keep your finances in order, help you get credit, and help you earn interest on various types of investments. Like all tools, bank accounts work best when they are used selectively. In other words, using the proper account for the proper reason will maximize your success.

Most consumers already know that there are two basic bank accounts: checking and savings. When searching for a new checking account, it always best to know in advance what the fees are for the account. Some checking accounts are free and will even offer free checks; others will levy a fee each month on your account.

Whenever possible, go with the free bank accounts. There is no reason to pay extra money when you do not have to. When searching for savings banks, look for the banks that offer the best interest rates on your money. You also want to make sure that there are no penalties for withdrawing your money.

It is important that your bank accounts be protected by the FDIC. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insures your money up to $100,000. This is a government insurance program that protects your money from loss. If your bank is not backed by this program, you should find another bank.

For many people, online banking accounts are a must have issue. You can visit with the bank or call to see if they offer this very useful option. Not all institutions offer online banking yet, so make sure you know in advance if yours does. You will also want to see if there are any added charges for using the online feature.

Many financial institutions will offer debit cards for the accounts in question. This is not a credit card and the charges that you put on these cards are not loans. The money is taken directly out of your bank accounts. Most institutions do not charge for the use of debit cards. Debit cards are a very convenient way to make purchases without having to carry cash.

The last important issue concerning bank accounts is to use a bank that you believe you might want to use in the future for larger credit purposes such as buying an automobile or home. It is always best to try to work with the same lending institution whenever possible.

By keeping most, if not all, of your bank accounts and credit needs consolidated with one institution you stand a better chance of getting the best interest rates when you need to borrow in the future.
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Joe Kenny writes for Only Stop, compare bank accounts in the UK, visit them today for mortgages and also loans , some great deals are available.
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