Choosing the Right Checking Account - Video


Summary: Sometimes finding the right checking account for you is a frustrating process and daunting because of all the different choices available. If you just keep in mind the few simple guidelines and facts in this video, you shouldn't have any problem opening up that account!

The following is the transcript of the video:

These days' checking accounts are like toothpaste. You walk into a bank and there are many similar products that all just differ slightly from each other. The key to finding the right checking account for you is to narrow down your options by bank and then by your needs.

You don't need to check out every bank for every checking option. You should narrow down your banking options geographically, by desired customer service level, or the variety of services they offer. Once you do that then you can start looking at your different checking options. Ask yourself: what do you really need in a checking account? Do you need overdraft protection? Saving options? Interest checking? High interest accounts? Accounts attached to lines of credit? Determine your financial priorities and ask the bank representatives about the best account match for you.

One of the biggest services to look for in an account, one that many if not most people could use, is overdraft protection. Two typical features in this regard are overdraft transfer and an overdraft line of credit. Both can be excellent options depending on what your needs.

Overdraft transfer works for people who had a linked savings account, transferring money into the checking account for a small fee whenever the account goes negative. The line of credit approach is for people who have more overdrafts more but could still pay the bank eventually. Both approaches are attractive alternatives to the pricy over draft fees. Look at your spending habits and consider what kind of financial security nets you could use.

The kind of checking account you need could also be dependent upon your work or lifestyle. If you have a family, you might want to look into checking accounts that have savings account deals attached. If you have a high balance account you could investigate interest checking or other saving options.

It's also worth it to look into the different packages and plans that eliminate other fees. One of the best ways to figure out what is best for you is to talk to either a teller or a personal financial representative at the bank. It's their job to find the best fit for your financial needs and they know their bank's products best.

While finding the right checking account may be initially daunting, it doesn't have to stay that way. If you simply do your homework and integrate that with what you know about your financial needs, then you'll have no problem getting the perfect account set up just for you!

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