How to Bank

From setting up online banking to voiding checks, this beginner's guide will give you the basics of consumer banking.
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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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
Converting Percentages to Decimals Is Easy
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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?
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What Is a Tanda?
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6 Easy Ways to Track Your Bank Balance
Mobile payments
Want to Pay With Your Mobile Phone? Here's How
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Your State Might Be Holding Forgotten Money for You
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Ways to Use Escrow Accounts
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Credit Union Customers: See How You Benefit From CO-OP Shared Branches
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How Do You Send or Receive Money With a Wire Transfer?
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Send and Receive Money With Facebook Messenger
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Apps and Services to Send Money Online
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Swiss Bank Accounts Provide Privacy and Other Benefits but Not Secrecy
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How to Switch Your Bank
Open bank vault
What Is Fractional-Reserve Banking?
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The Cheapest Ways and Options To Send Money
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What Is Online Bill Pay?
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Should You Bank Locally or Choose a National Bank?
How to calculate monthly interest that you may pay or earn on $2,000
How To Calculate Monthly Interest for Loans, Bank Accounts, and More
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See How Easy it Is to Send Money Abroad
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Get To Know Your Debit or Credit Card From Front to Back
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The Risks of Deposits at ATMs: What Could Go Wrong?
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What Are Brick and Mortar Bank Branches?
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What Is a Neobank?
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What Is Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS)?
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Zelle Adds Options for P2P Payments, and You Probably Already Have It
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Ways To Open Bank Accounts for the Under-18 Crowd
Open Bank Vault Door
Understanding Funds Availability Policies at Your Bank
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What Is Money?
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What Is Online Banking?
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Online Banking: Pros and Cons
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The Impact of a Bank Run on Banking Institutions
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The Best Places To Turn Your Coins Into Cash in 2021
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Balance Your Checkbook With Templates and Spreadsheets
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How to Pay Your Bills Online
The pros and cons of moving to a cashless society
Cashless Society Pros and Cons
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A 5-Step Guide to Fixing an Overdrawn Bank Account
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What Does It Mean to Nationalize Banks and Industries?
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Understanding ATM, Debit, and Credit Cards
Making It Rain
How Do Millionaires Bank?
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Alternatives to Credit Card Wire Transfers for Sending Money
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How Do Banks and Credit Unions Make Money?
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How To Fix Problems With ACH Payments
Money and data in a digital world
Are You Ready for a World Where Banks Share Your Data?