Banking

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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Best Checking Accounts

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.

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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.

Banking News

How Do You Dispute a Debit Card Charge?

Disputing a debit charge on your bank account can be a lengthy and bureaucratic process. Find out how to make sure your bank follows... Read More

What is a Bank Routing Number and Where is it Found?

Bank Routing Numbers come in many formats including ABA, ACH, SWIFT and IBAN numbers. Click here to find a comprehensive list of routing... Read More

Best Places To Cash A Check, If You Don’t Have A Bank

For many Americans, cashing a check is easy and free. Simply walk into a branch or upload a picture of the check, and your bank will... Read More

Best Banks for International Travel

The best banks for international travel don't charge any ATM fees or foreign debit fees, and operate ATMs and branches in dozens of... Read More

Average Checking Account Interest Rates

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

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 the U.S.

The "best" bank will be different for everyone, but we've done the research to get you started. Find out our top bank picks for checking,... Read More

Average U.S. Checking Account Balance: A Demographic Breakdown

We analyzed data on the average amount Americans hold in their transaction accounts, with a focus on the differences we found among people... Read More

The Problems of Being Unbanked

While many unbanked people believe that they don't have enough money to keep in a bank account, opening and maintaining a new account is... Read More