Checking

Maximize your checking: Compare high-yield checking accounts, no-fee checking accounts and more.

Checking Basics

What is your available balance?

Your bank accounts have two separate balances: the current balance and the available balance. Here’s the distinction.

3 min read

Latest Articles

  • Transcript: ATM rip-offs

    ATM’s are a convenient way to get cash, but they’re also a convenient way for crooks to get your cash

    1 min read Jan 01, 2008
    Placeholder image
  • Pay more, get more debit rewards

    Bankrate’s Debit Card Study shows free rewards programs lag in benefits, and those with fees give better rewards.

    4 min read Oct 08, 2007
    Placeholder image
  • ABCs of ATMs

    The ATM provides plenty of convenience, but it often comes with a price tag in tow.

    2 min read Oct 01, 2007
    Placeholder image
  • How safe is your bank?

    Check the financial health of a bank, thrift or credit union before you give them your money.

    2 min read Oct 01, 2007
    Checking
  • Check card problems to watch for

    Overdrawing your account and daily usage limits are two potential problems to pay attention to with check cards.

    4 min read Mar 12, 2007
    Placeholder image

The trusted source for financial information, used by

The New York Times
CNBC
AP
The Wall Street Journal
CNN
Forbes