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Opening a Bank Account ?Not as Easy as You Think

Aug 20, 2008
When you want to open a bank account, you may think that it is going to be a snap and easy to do. Opening a bank account involves making decisions, which you may not realize until you contact the bank to open your account. With so many different banks to choose from, it is important to realize that not all of them are the same. Some have better interest rates than others and some are open longer hours to serve your needs when you are working.

One of the decisions you will have to make is whether you want a personal savings account or a checking account. If you choose a savings account, you will have to make withdrawals at the teller counter or through the ATM. You will gain interest on your balance at the end of every month. If you choose a checking account, you will have the option of writing checks on your account along with making withdrawals at the bank and ATM. However, there is no interest paid on this type of account and you may have to pay a fee for each check you write.

Different types of accounts also have different fee structures. When you have a large amount of money to deposit, it is likely you want to choose the account that pays the most interest. The disadvantage with choosing a high-interest savings account is that you are usually only permitted a certain number of withdrawals per month before you have to pay charges on every subsequent withdrawal. Students can open a bank account so that they have access to funds. In order to open such an account you will have to show proof that you are a full-time student. You won be charged any fees for withdrawals.

You do have to show proof of identification at the bank in order to open an account. You have to provide information about your address, telephone number and email. The teller that serves you will give you a passbook to show all your transactions. Whenever you perform a transaction at the bank, you can present this book to the teller. You can also place it in the ATM whenever you use it. You don't need to have it with you all the time, but each time you do all the transactions from the last time it was updated will be entered into the passbook. If you open a checking account, the teller will give you some starter checks. Then you have to order your own checks, either through the bank or financial institution or from an online site that sells checks.

You can also open a bank account online if you wish. You do not have to be employed or have money to deposit in order to have a bank account. You do, however, need to assess your savings and your needs in order to choose the best account for your needs. For example, an account in which you must maintain a minimum balance is not for you if you tend to spend most of the money in your account during a month. If you often go overdrawn, you should look into an account that offers an overdraft protection so that you won incur the expenses of having checks returned for insufficient funds.
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