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Interested in Opening a Checking Account? What to Consider

Aug 17, 2007
A large number of individuals have a checking account. There are even some who have more than one. A checking account is similar to a savings account, but the money is usually easier to access. If you do not already have a checking account, it is likely that you may be thinking about getting one. Before you decide to open a checking account, there are a number of important things that you should take into consideration.

Perhaps, the greatest thing to consider is where you will obtain your checking account from. Many choose to do business with a local bank; however, a local bank is not your only option. If you have not already decided on a financial institution to do business with, you may want to examine all of your options. Different banks have different requirements and restrictions on opening a checking account. To find the best bank to do business with, you are encouraged to examine all of these requirements and restrictions.

One requirement that you may find is a savings account. If you are a new customer, many banks will require you to open a savings account, as well as a checking account. If you are obtaining or have obtained a loan from the financial institution in question, you may not be required to open a savings account. As previously mentioned, all banks are likely to have their own requirements.

In addition to a savings account, you may find that you need to have a certain amount of money to be able to open up a savings account. If this requirement is in place, it is often a small amount. Most banks require at least a fifty dollar deposit, but you may be able to find one with a deposit requirement as low as twenty-five dollars. You will also need to determine whether or not you will need to have a set amount of money in your account at all times. For instance, if you were required to open an account with fifty dollars, you may have to have fifty dollars in your account at all times. If you do not have the money, you may be charged a small monthly fee.

While it is important to examine what you will need to have or do to open up a checking account, it is also important to examine any fees that you may be charged. Many banks have a monthly fee. This fee is often referred to as a bank service charge. As a free promotional gift, you may be able to receive a free set of checks from your bank. If this gift is available, it is often only temporary. It is likely that you will have to purchase any additional checks in the future. The same can be said for a debit card.

In addition to paying to acquire checks or a debit card, you may be charged additional fees. Whether or not you are charged these fees and the amount of these fees will vary, from financial institution to financial institution. Many banks will charge a monthly fee for having and using a debit card. This fee is often a small amount, usually less than two dollars. Check fees are often determined differently. There are a large number of banks that choose to charge their clients for each check that they write. As with the debit card fee, the fee for writing a check is often small. Many banks charge five to ten cents for each check written.

When opening up a checking account, there are many individuals that do not fully consider all of their options. The above mentioned fees may not even exist at the bank you are interested in doing business with. Free checking accounts are available all around the world. With a small amount of research, you may be able to find a bank that offers free checking.
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