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Ensuring That You Get The Right Bank Account

Aug 17, 2008
In the past getting a bank account was a pretty straightforward, as there was only really one type of bank account that you could get. However, these days there are a number of bank account choices available to select from, and you need to ensure that the type of bank account that you opt for is one that is going to suit your needs and circumstances. You can choose from three main bank account types these days, and each offers different benefits and can suit different types of people.

When it comes to choosing a bank account there are a number of different things that you need to look at, and there are also different factors that may affect your ability to get certain bank accounts. Make sure that you weigh up the benefits of each account type so that you can determine which is going to best suit your needs. This will help to ensure that you end up with a bank account that is going to enable you to manage your finances effectively.

Most banks these days offer a form of basic bank account, and these accounts allow you to run your day to day finances by allowing deposits and withdrawals as well as allowing you to set up direct debits and standing orders. However, as the name indicates these bank accounts are very basic, and do not usually come with extras such as a debit card or cheque books. They do not come with any borrowing facility such as an overdraft either. These accounts cater for those with damaged credit and others that cannot get a standard current account with a bank.

The standard current account is the one that most people opt for, and these accounts usually offer a low rate of interest on deposits, and often come with an overdraft facility subject to financial status and credit. These accounts also come with debit and sometimes cheque book facilities. Other than this the current account operates in the same way as the basic account, in that you can make deposits set up direct debit and standing orders, make one off payments, and more. This is the type of account that most people tend to have.

More recently many banks have started offering another type of current account, and these are sometimes referred to as packaged current accounts. These accounts offer the same facilities as a standard current account along with some extra benefits. The extra benefits can include preferential borrowing rates, free travel insurance, extended warranties and protection, commission free travel money, other travel benefits, discounts on various services and products, free breakdown cover, and more. However, the accounts do charge a monthly fee, which can be quite high in some cases, so you need to determine whether it is worth the cost.

Ensure you protect you new bank account details. Always destroy unimportant paperwork from your bank as this may contain private information that could be used by fraudsters. Never keep passwords or PIN numbers in obvious places and choose passwords that would not be easily connected to your lifestyle like your birthday!
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Peter Kenny has been writing financial articles for 10 years and is a writer for The Thrifty Scot, please visit us at Bank Accounts and Loans
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