Banking can be an expensive undertaking. Fees for many services, such as deposits, ATM, check writing, etc. Some banks try to entice depositors with 'free checking' if high amounts of your money is held in savings accounts that pay a pittance in return, that may stink for you. So, here the things you need to research if you want to find the best banking for you.
Fees- These can be as broad as ATM charges- at YOUR bank and when you use banks outside the system, monthly costs for accounts and for additional bank services that might be of interest to you such as traveler's checks or overdraft fees. Additional charges for paper statements or other services?
Foreclosures- Ask how many foreclosures have occurred from loans at this bank and as well as credit card defaults. The answer to that question will let you know several things: the scrutiny of the banks' lending process, fees that will be required of you to cover the bank's losses. Stuff happens. People lose jobs and businesses fail. But if this is really high this bank may be too reckless for your money.
Benefits- Is this bank conveniently located? Are the hours good for your schedule? Are you willing to suffer some inconvenience for other perks? How is their bill-pay online? Can you move money from business accounts and personal accounts? Does the bank provide free notary service for customers?
Following these tips you may save money this year!
Marion R. Syversen, MBA - President
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