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A savings account is what you access for your routine wants and needs. It stores a significant portion of your earnings. It is offered by most banking institutions and comes with different features. Given a savings accounts’ benefits, relevance, and importance in our daily lives, not choosing a good account may deprive you of the expected benefits.
Here are a few factors you may want to consider when deciding whether a particular savings account is ideal for you:
Within savings accounts, it is ideal that you choose a high-interest rate. This ensures that your money keeps earning while it is stored in your account.
You may have to access your bank account often. This can be an enriching experience that enables better financial decisions at your end or something that you do not look forward to. The ease of transaction and convenience a savings account offers has to be one of the primary factors for making a choice. Look out for banks that let you open a savings account online.
The bank should be accessible both physically, online, and over the phone. It is advisable to open an account at a branch that is closer to where you reside. If you already have one or more accounts that aren’t physically close, consider having a new one. Also, ensure that in times of need, you can carry out basic communication over different channels such as emails, phones, and apps.
Even savings accounts have some charges attached to them. You are also required to maintain a minimum balance each month in these accounts. When inquiring about the rate of interest, do not forget to get information about the minimum balance to be maintained. If you fail to maintain this, you may end up paying a fee for it. A savings account may also incur transaction fees and ATM withdrawal fees. Ensure you know all about such miscellaneous expenses.
While most banks now offer a debit card as soon as you open an account, ensure that the service is fulfilling your expectations. You could be issued a Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, or a RuPay debit card. Some banks, depending on the type of account you have opted for, may also offer a contactless debit card.
You may want certain facilities to be accessible through either the internet or via phone banking. You may also be looking for a bank whose customer service is commendable or whose online security standards are high. Before you open an account, check whether these expectations are being fulfilled.
While you evaluate the above factors to choose your savings account, try enquiring about some of your shortlisted savings account options. You might get an idea of the experience others have had with them.
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