Choosing a bank

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Updated: 3/27/2003 1:08 pm
When choosing a bank, take into consideration both personal convenience and what fees the bank charges. First, try to choose a bank that is very convenient to your home, or office, or both. This will encourage you to use only your bank's services, like automated teller machines, which can reduce transactional fees each month. Second, you will need a good knowledge of your own spending habits to avoid unnecessary fees when dealing with a bank. For instance, if you are able to keep a higher monthly balance in your account, look for a bank that rewards this with a reduced account service fee for higher balances. If you travel frequently, or use automated teller machines regularly, try to find a bank that does not charge a fee for using other banks' automated tellers. Get information on the types of accounts available and their associated fees from several banks located near you. After reviewing which bank can offer you convenient service, with fees that fit your budget, you will be able to make a better choice on your new bank. For more information on choosing a bank, contact a personal finance professional.

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