Choosing a Bank
It is important that you determine what you need in a bank and then choose accordingly. Some people hate to pay monthly fees for checking accounts, even if they are just five or ten dollars a month. If that sounds familiar, you will want to ask, in advance, what a bank’s checking account charges will be. Usually, that involves knowing what balance you are likely to keep in the checking account and knowing what will be charged if your balance drops below that level.
What banks can offer you
Along those lines, perhaps the bank that offers you the ability to have your checking and savings accounts, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), credit cards, and mortgage all at the same place might be the most appropriate. If the total assets in your account can be used to calculate your minimum balance, that is a good feature to have. If this helps you stay organized and manage your finances, it is even better.
National presence of a bank
Another item to evaluate is whether the bank has a national presence. This may be particularly helpful is you tend to travel a lot. That way, you aren’t continually getting stuck with fees from ATMs. If it is likely that you will move several times, you may want a bank with a national presence so that you don’t need to transfer all of your accounts
Telephone bill payment service or online banking service
If you are attempting to save time, you will probably want to make certain that your bank has either a telephone bill payment service or online banking service that lets you pay bills and monitor your account anytime using the Internet. There are actually a handful of banks that have sprung up during the last several years that do nothing but provide online banking. These banks are attractive to new depositors because they typically pay higher interest rates on deposits in order to win new customers. If you believe in maximizing your ability to earn every possible dollar, then you will probably want to explore using such a bank. However, do always take note of possible hidden caveats, be careful to always look at the fine print!
Banks now come in many different shapes and sizes and offer customers a much wider variety of services from which to choose. Maximize your time and money, and select the bank that will do the most for you.