Before you open a bank account, it's important to educate yourself on the options available to you. Learn about the various types of bank accounts, how to calculate interest rates, and the language and terminology of the banking world.
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    What Is an Overdraft?
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    Best Ways to Transfer Money From One Bank to Another
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    Money Market vs. Savings Account vs. CD: Which One Is Right for You?
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    Best Free Checking Accounts of 2021
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    Best Free Savings Accounts of 2021
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    What Is Regulation E?
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    How to Use Cash App
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    The Difference Between APR and APY in Interest Rates
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    What Happens to a Bank Account When Someone Dies?
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    What Is a Dormant Account?
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    What Happens If You Deposit More Than $10,000 in the Bank?
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    How To Cancel a Pending Transaction
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    The 7 Best Merchant Account Providers of 2021
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    Should You Tap Into Your Thrift Savings Plan for a Loan?
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    What Is a Time Deposit?
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    How Much Cash Should Be In Your Checking and Savings?
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    What Is a Negotiable Instrument?
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    What Is a Term Deposit?
    Pros and Cons Of Online Banks
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    How to Choose the Best Bank Accounts for Seniors
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    The Banks Behind the Fintechs
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    Electronic Funds Transfer and How It Works for Insurance
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    Learn the Different Types of Banks and the Many Services They Offer
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    What Is a Certificate of Deposit?
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    Three Rapidly Evolving Trends in Financial Technology
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    What Is the Federal Reserve’s Regulation D?
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    The 5 Best Bill Negotiation Services of 2021
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    Is There Such a Thing as a Bank Account Garnishment?
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    What Is a Bank Identification Number (BIN)?
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    What To Do When Your Bank Is Acquired
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    Second-Chance Bank Accounts: Can They Help You Start Over?
    Learn If a Bank or Credit Union Is a Better Option for You
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    Everything You Need To Know About Contactless Payments
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    What Is Financial Inclusion?
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    How To Ask Your Bank To Waive an Overdraft Fee
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    How Do Cardless ATMs Work?
    Paper bank statements and electronic bank statements. Account summary is a summary of all activity in your account across a certain time period. Descriptions detail all of your transactions including deposits and withdrawals
    What Is a Bank Statement?
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    What Is Interest?
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    What Is Escrow?
    Why Does Compound Interest Matter? Compound interest equals interest earned on money that was previously earned as interest. Compound interest causes interest and account balances to grow. Good for savings and investments, but can work against you in playing interest on a loan. Frequency, time, interest rate, deposits, and the starting amount all make compound interest powerful.
    What Is Compound Interest?
    What Is a Wire Transfer?
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    Here Are Easy Step-By-Steps Instructions How to Open A Bank Account
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    What Are Notarized Documents?
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    Learn About 5 Different Accounts Your Bank Offers
    ABA Numbers: Where to Find Them and How They Work
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    What Is a Beneficiary?
    The differences between ACH and wire transfers.
    Compare and Contrast: Speed, Cost, Risk, and More
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    PayPal Debit and Credit Cards: Which Is Best?
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    How (and Where) To Conduct an International Wire Transfer
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    ACH Payments Can Benefit Everybody. See How They Work
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    What Is Annual Percentage Yield?
    Online Account Opening
    Here's What You Need to Know to Open Bank Accounts Online
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    Reducing Your Public Financial Information
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    Learn How and Where to Deposit Cash to Get Your Money Into the Bank
    What Is the Available Balance in Your Bank Account?
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    What Is the FDIC?