Bank accounts are the foundation of your financial life. Lay the groundwork for peace of mind with our guides and reviews.

What We Can Do for You

Trying to pick a bank account is a bit more complicated than your typical shopping decision —so we've read through the fine print for you. These articles present the results of our research in clear and simple language.

Best Savings Account Rates

Because everyone has slightly different needs, we always present a range of options in each area. The following deposit accounts offer the highest interest rates available.

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AccountInterest Rate (APY)
Synchrony High Yield Savings1.05%
Barclays Dream Account1.05%
Ally Online Savings Account1.00%

Our Top Picks

From buying coffee to paying rent, we depend on checking accounts to cover all kinds of expenses. We've sorted through fees, rules and rates to help you determine which one makes sense for your situation.

Meanwhile, a good savings account should come with a strong interest rate and low monthly fees. Here's a list of the best savings options we've found.

Banking Statistics: Rates and Balances

We've used government surveys and other data to explore the history of the average interest rate and balance for each kind of bank account in the U.S.

Understanding Bank Accounts and Fees

Deposit accounts come with all sorts of jargon in their contracts. These articles should help you understand what goes on with different account types, bank fees and withdrawal limits.

Bank Reviews

With more banking choices available than ever before, how do you go about deciding on the best one? Get started with our in-depth reviews of the most popular banks.

2016 Analysis of Regulatory Violations & Consumer Complaints

With the news of mass customer exploitation by Wells Fargo, we evaluated consumer complaints and regulatory violations to see how the...

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Banking 101

If you're still stumped, or if you need more general information about banking, chances are you'll find the answers in one of these articles.

Banking News

The Best National Banks in America, 2017

National banks offer plenty of ATMs and branches for convenient access, as well as a wide range of financial products. We compared over a... Read More

Best Banks in Chicago 2017

We reviewed national and local banks to find the best banks in Chicago. Click to read which banks are the best for your checking, savings... Read More

Average Checking Account Interest Rates 2017

The average checking account interest rate is different for brick-and-mortar banks and online-only banks. Find out how your checking rate... Read More

Best Banks in New York City 2017

We sought out and compared the benefits and fees at dozens of banks in New York City. Read up on our list of the best NYC checking and... Read More

How to Find the Best CD Rates

Finding the best CD rates is easiest to do online. We describe the average CD rates you can expect and the terms you should know when... Read More

Best Banks in Florida 2017

We sought out and compared rates and fees at dozens of Florida banks. Read our list to find the best national and local banks in Florida... Read More

The Average Cost of a Safety Deposit Box

At banks, safety deposit boxes cost $60 on average, but this can vary by size, location and your relationship with the bank. Find out how... Read More

Best Banks in Texas 2017

There are hundreds of banks to choose from in Texas, so we dug through rates and fees to determine which ones make the most sense for... Read More

Best Banks in California 2017

We reviewed national and local banks to find the best banks in California. Click to read which California banks are the most worthwhile... Read More