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Pasco Washington Banks Offer Long-Term Savings Accounts For Top Return

Aug 17, 2007
If you have a large sum of money, the worst thing you can do is let it sit around. If you keep your money in a safe-deposit box, or in another equally stagnant place, it will just sit there. It is best to get it out and put it in a place where it can actually work for you, produce returns and therefore increase your total wealth. Pasco, Washington banks offer some of these options. So if you live in Pasco, WA and you have that sort of money available to you, why not investigate some of these options and find a way to start earning income just by investing your money in the right place.

You can always open a savings account, with a fairly low return (but which is better than no return at all) but which gives you complete access to your money whenever you might need it. Many of the larger banks can also help you invest in mutual funds.

Another popular option is a CD, or certificate of deposit. With a CD, you deposit a certain amount of money, which will be locked away and non-accessible for a pre-determined period of time. Your CD can have a 2-year term, 5-year term or even 10-year term. Usually, the longer the term, the higher the rate of interest you can earn. So you must consider whether you may need your money sooner than, say, 10 years. Sometimes people "ladder" their investments and break up the amount invested into smaller sums investing one amount in a 2 year CD, another for 5 years, and then when they mature rolling them over for another 2 or 5 years, if they don't need the money at that time. The interest will have accumulated, and you will have much more money than you started with. CD's are beneficial in several ways. Firstly, the interest rate is much higher than any other savings account. Secondly, you won't be tempted to withdraw it early to pay for some sort of personal treat.

Another option available to you is to place your money in savings bonds. These come in the form of small coupons that you can buy. They mature over time, and on the maturity date you are permitted to exchange them for the "face value" of the bond, which you bought originally at a discount. For example, say you can buy a 10-year $500 bond for $380 and when it matures you exchange your coupon for $500. (Of course, the discount you pay and amount you get back at date of maturity is determined by the interest rate set by the bank.) On the consumer side, they work about the same way that CDs do. However, with CDs you are able to withdraw early and be subject to a hefty fee. With bonds, you are stuck with the coupon no matter how much you need the money. This is another great way to increase your money over time with the help of a Pasco, WA bank. It is fairly risk-free, and has a larger gain than a savings account.

Everything mentioned so far is a fairly long-term investment with relatively low returns. What if you are ready to be risky, and make an investment that could possibly have great returns (or great losses)? If this is the case, you might consider investing your money in the stock market. You can find a local stockbroker, and start to discuss your situation with him or her. You will hire people who are supposed to be experts at dealing with the stock market, and know exactly what to invest in and what to avoid. The best way to find a stockbroker is to get a recommendation from someone you know who has used this person to good effect and can assure you they are reputable. And it's also a good idea to use a broker affiliated with some large brokerage firm that everyone has heard of - such as Fidelity, or Morgan Stanley, UBS, etc. By entrusting your money to a stockbroker, you have very good chances of being able to make a large return. (You also stand a very good chance of losing money, too, plus stockbrokers charge you a fee everytime they place an investment for you.) You don't have the security of a Pasco bank, but you have the possibility of bigger and quicker returns. But investing in the stock market is risky business. And if you want to preserve captial and have a sure return, you might prefer the much safer option of a bank instrument in which to invest.

Hopefully, one of these options will be useful to you. You will surely want to consider them, if you have a large sum of money sitting around not earning interest. CDs or bonds with a Pasco, Washington bank will earn you the money to ensure financial security for yourself in later years, or even for your children. It's one of the main principles of finance that you should always have your money work for you rather than the other way around. So consult a local Pasco, Washington bank and discuss your options today.
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For the complete Pasco Washington Area Guide with information on the city of Pasco WA, Hotels, Pasco Restaurants, Pasco Washington Real Estate, Pasco Yellow Pages and more please visit http://pascowa.areaguides.net/. Direct comments on this article to lmieditorial@searchinfluence.com.
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