Your First Bank Account

When you are looking to open a bank account, there are multiple options that you can consider. Picking the right bank account is key. Below, we will discuss some of the different bank accounts that you will be wanting to choose from.

Different Bank Accounts:

1. Checking Accounts.

There are all kinds of different checking accounts that you will be able to choose from. These are typically referred to as debit accounts in Europe. This is a very common bank account type that offers both a checkbook and an ATM/debit card for payments. There are a lot of banks that offer checking accounts and they are typically free to open and use. However, some checking accounts have fees depending on the amount being deposited and some might even have direct deposit requirements to keep the account active. When shopping for checking accounts, you will likely be looking at the fees that the bank charges for having it open, specific requirements it might have, and whether or not they have an up to date mobile app, mobile features, and user-friendly online access.

2. Savings Accounts.

Another common bank account type is savings accounts. Savings accounts are the accounts that encourage you to save money. A lot of these bank accounts will actually pay you interest on the money that you have in the account. Some will pay this interest periodically and some might pay it on an annual basis. Some savings accounts might even require you to place the money into the account for a specific period of time or “term.” This can make getting the money out of the account much more of a hassle and some might even have fees for taking your money out early. When choosing a savings account, you are going to want to find one that offers easy access to funds, Federal deposit insurance, good interest rates, online access, and more.

Choosing the ideal bank account is going to come down to finding a bank that you want to do business with. Also, you want to be certain that the bank has a lot of locations in and around your immediate area. That way, you will be able to access the bank and/or ATM machines as you need to on a daily basis. If your bank does not have an ATM machine have them contact a wholesale atm distributor to improve the convenience for their customers. While a lot of the banking is now done primarily online, you do want to have physical locations nearby in case you need emergency access or you have specific questions that you might need to ask.

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