Different types of bank accounts, explained

Although most of us realize how important it is to save money, that does not mean we know where to save money. Unfortunately, the toughest thing to get going is always to find out which form of savings accounts would fit better.

Checking accounts, savings accounts, deposit certificates (CDs), and money market accounts are the most common forms of accounts for your money.

If you’re hoping to save more money than last year or only searching for the right place to comfortably deposit your short-term deposits, here are four forms of bank accounts to consider:

Checking Account

If you’re seeking easy and frequent access to your money, it might be best to have a checking account. You will write checks against the balance for a checking account to pay for the products or services.

Although the advantages of checking accounts are fairly large to improve the financial image of almost everyone, there is one significant drawback to consider: most checking accounts pay almost any interest on deposits. So, you’ll be better off depositing your money elsewhere if you want to gain interest and expand your funds over the years.

Savings Account

Although savings accounts operate close to checking accounts, when it comes to accessing the money they don’t provide a checking part. Generally speaking, you can easily access funds in your savings account through an online account management system, the bank itself, or an ATM — although federal law limits you to six monthly withdrawals or transfers, unlike a checking account.

The best savings accounts offer low fees and allow low minimum deposit. Furthermore, they make access to your money almost always easy. Nonetheless, the best thing about savings deposits is that they typically deliver better interest rates than deposit checks. Specifically for an online savings account, you can usually gain a respectable yield rate and increase your money over time.

Certificate of Deposit (CD)

Where checking and saving accounts make it easy to reach your cash anytime you need it, a deposit card, or CD, binds your cash for long stretches. You start with a CD by selecting a period of time to build your money-usually between three months and ten years. Your investment would produce a fixed rate of return over that period.

There are obvious disadvantages to consider when investing in a CD. First and foremost, deposit certificates don’t let you easily access your money — you can expect to pay a penalty if you cash out your CD early (although you can borrow against the money sometimes using a CD loan).

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