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Checking and Savings
A compilation of checking and savings news, stories, columns, blogs and video
Types of checking accounts
When it comes to choosing a checking account, your options abound. Pick the one that best suits your needs.
How safe is your bank?
Check the financial health of a bank, thrift or credit union before you give them your money.
How do I: Choose a checking account?
A step-by-step guide to choosing the best checking account for your needs.
Protecting your money
The FDIC covers your bank account up to $250,000, and you can be covered for more.
They're like credit cards, except the money vanishes from your account in a flash.
Chapter 4: Protecting your account
Banking offers many layers of protection; Check yourself before your finances are wrecked.
How to avoid fees
You have to know the fees if you want to bypass them. Here’s a rundown of common, and easily dodged, fees.
How to complain to the bank
Don't get angry, just get your money back.
How do I: Choose a savings vehicle?
Here's how to decide which is the best savings account for your cash needs.
Overdraft protection plans
If you bounce checks often, you might want to consider an overdraft protection plan.
A negative report could bar you from opening a checking account. Get hip to this low-profile system.
The final fee -- closing an account
Don’t give the bank the last laugh by succumbing to an unexpected account closing fee.
Online banking can save you time and money, once you get over your fear. Discover the possibilities.
Anatomy of a bank account statement
Knowing how to read your bank account statement can nip problems in the bud. Here’s our guide.
Patriot Act compliance
The Patriot Act’s effect on banking may seem Orwellian, but there are ways to protect your privacy.
Opting out to protect your privacy
Selling your personal data is big business for many companies, including your bank. You can curb their efforts.
Tips for responsible use of debit cards
Debit cards carry the oft-overlooked risks of overdraft and identity theft. Keep a level head when you use one.
Banks pull in over $2 billion in ATM fees each year. Don’t let them snatch your hard-earned money so easily!
Chapter 2: ABCs of ATMs
The ATM has changed the way we live, but it’s important to think about fees and security when we use them.
Ignoring bank cutoff can be costly
Bank cutoff times determine when a transaction is official, so know your institution's rules.
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