Questions tagged [savings-account]

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When to stop saving and start investing?

Since I started my first job after graduating a few years back, I always saved a certain percentage of my salary each month on an extra savings account my bank offers. At that time, and until recently,...
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Why would I ever put my money into a savings account that returns less than the current inflation rate?

I like a safe investment as much as the next guy. But can anyone give me a good argument on why I should invest in a bond or a savings account that returns less than inflation? It seems to me that I ...
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Is there a good rule of thumb for how much I should have set aside as emergency cash?

I'm buying my very first home, and should be receiving the $8,000 first-time home buyers tax credit. A majority of my savings are going to the down-payment of the house, but we still have a pretty ...
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Short term parking of a large inheritance?

What are the options available for safe, short-term parking of funds? Today I received an inheritance check for $250,000 (I am in the U.S) and I don't know what to do with it – at least in the short ...
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Transfer over $10k

I recently realized that most of my money is going into my checking account where it's just sitting there losing value due to inflation, etc. I want to open a savings account at a different bank (...
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How much money should I lock up in my savings account?

I'm a 28 software engineer. I make around 26k, of which about 40% I set aside every month. In my two-and-a-half years working I now have about 24k savings. I've recently opened an account that allows ...
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What is the purpose of “Regulation D”

When transferring funds between my savings account and my checking account, there is always a little help text about "Regulation D". Essentially it says that due to federal limits if I exceed 6 ...
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How to manage expenditure when billing cycles and paycheck cycles are not aligned?

I get paid on the 15th and the last of the month and my husband will be getting paid weekly when he starts a new job after the one he has been working at for 25 years will be closing soon. How does ...
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Who does the money go to if “everyone” in a family dies?

I watched this movie yesterday, and there's a scene in it where they execute an entire Mafia family (parents, siblings, cousins, relatives and whatnot). It made me think of this question. If an ...
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Do banks give us interest even for the money that we only had briefly in our account?

My father has just deposited ₹95,000 in my savings bank account with Indian Bank that I have to pay as fees to my university. I was thinking of paying the fees 1-2 days later, as I will get interest ...
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Does a savings/checking account sitting at $0 have any drawbacks?

I currently have a couple checking/savings accounts that are sitting at $0 because I found better accounts and switched banks for some reason or another, is it worth the time to try to close these ...
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Is it a good practice to keep salary account and savings account separate?

I read somewhere that salary account should be restricted to only receiving salaries and any spending, personal or otherwise should be carried out from your savings account. I am not able to find the ...
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Pros/cons for buying gold vs. saving money in an interest-based account?

Over the years, I have noticed a certain pattern when it comes to money and gold. For example, my father bought a house 30 years ago for $20,000, and today that house is worth $200,000. If my father ...
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Savings vs. checking account — when to prefer savings if interest is the same?

Let's say I'm opening a new checking or savings account, assuming: I already have another checking account All accounts offer the same interest rates Why would I ever choose to open a savings ...
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How can I enforce saving when I have a very limited income?

I have a very limited income (unfortunately) and have found I am practically incapable of saving. What are the best methods to enforce saving, however still have access to the money if required? Here ...
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Should I have separate savings accounts for various savings goals?

I have read through some personal budgeting articles and saving tips. Most articles and books mention saving money for emergency funds, large purchases, etc. Should emergency funds and saving funds (...
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can the government or debt collectors garnish money from any bank account to which the debtor has access?

A trusted family member has access to my savings account. The savings account is mine, but the family member's name appears next to mine, which means that they are entitled to withdraw money from the ...
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Should I switch to this high rate checking account for my emergency fund?

Okay, so I bank at a local credit union, AllegacyFCU. (Here is their rates sheet.) Currently I have through this bank: Daily Access Savings account with 0.2% interest Totally Free Checking (no ...
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What to do with $2115 disposable income per month?

I want to start investing money, as low risk as possible, but with a percentage growth of at least 4% over 10 - 15 years. I won't need this money until then so can handle locking it away or risking a ...
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What should I do with my HSA?

I recently changed companies, and the new employer does not have a HDHP. I have just under $2,000 in my HSA, but without any medical expenses to spend it on, it's just sitting there, slowly being ...
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Savings Account Rates vs. CD Rates vs IRA CD Rates

I have an IRA at Fidelity, and was looking into rates I could get for new issue CDs. I found that the best rate offered for a 1 year CD was 0.3%. I was surprised by this, as I currently have a (non-...
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Common practice to closing a checking and savings account?

Is there a common practice to closing a checking & savings account? For example, should I transfer all the funds electronically to my other bank then call and close it or is it better to get a ...
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Savings account versus corporate bond

I am looking at buying a bank corporate bond instead of placing money into a savings account. Say I buy a 2 year maturity corporate bond, that yields exactly 2% per year (in terms of yield to ...
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Why have U.S. bank interest rates been so low for the past few years?

I have some savings accounts in different banks and they all give 1.00% interest or less, and in many cases it is something ridiculous like $0.05 Would anyone be able to explain why this is happening?...
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What is the purpose of a short term CD that offers lower interest than a savings account?

I have noticed that some banks offer short term CDs with interest rates that are actually lower than that that the same bank pays on a savings account. For example Ally bank seems to offer a 0.30% ...
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How to calculate savings account interest if you deposit and withdraw irregularly?

It's easy to calculate interest on a fixed principal. If you have for example $1000 deposit on your savings account and the rate is 0.25% compounded every whatsoever and you want to know how much is ...
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What are the advantages of using credit card to pay most of expenses?

If I will pay most of my expenses via credit card, then is it correct to assume the following points? 1) My saving account interest rate will increase by somewhat (interest is calculated upon ...
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When making an online money transfer, why is one often asked whether the source account is checking or savings?

When making an online money transfer, why is one often asked whether the source account is checking or savings? Example in Merrill Edge (https://olui2.fs.ml.com/MoneyMovement/MakeTransfer.aspx):
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What are your thoughts (pros & cons) on all-in-one accounts, like Manulife One?

I think it looks very interesting, and certainly promises to deliver. My main concern is, as a single person, is it wise to put all of my eggs into one basket?
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Should I use a bank or a credit union for my savings account?

I have two checking accounts with a national bank, one which I have a debit card that I use for daily purchases, and one which I use just as a savings account. I leave that debit card stashed away at ...
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Is there any benefit to keeping money in a checking account?

I have been getting a lot of "tips" from my bank lately about different ways to save. Things like "Save $1 week 1, $2 week 2", etc or "tax my spending habits". Whenever I see things like this, they ...
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Why does my checking/savings account offer a higher interest rate than a standalone savings account?

I have a bank account with checking and savings bundled together; if I make enough purchases with my debit card, I earn a higher interest rate on the savings. Today I decided to look at other types of ...
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What happens if my bank account is closed due to withdrawing

Because of federal law, you can't withdraw from a saving account more than 6 times in a month. I've messed up and done this (once because I did not know, again because I did not keep track) and if I ...
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Why is there so much variability on interest rate accounts

I'm looking for a safe way to get some interest on about $100k. I'm on a student visa in the USA (MA), so many types of account are not available to me. I'm thinking of going with a regular savings ...
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Safety of keeping savings in a mortgage account

I have a mortgage account and a separate (yet linked) savings account with a certain Australian bank. This bank draws a minimum mortgage repayment from the savings account into the mortgage account ...
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What's the purpose of having separate checking and savings accounts?

It's a simple question, but I'm having trouble finding an answer: What's the purpose of having separate checking and savings accounts? What benefits does it provide?
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Can we compare peer-to-peer loans to savings accounts?

A common argument to get involved in peer-to-peer lending (at companies like Lending Club, Prosper, Peerform etc.) is that savings accounts have an ROI that may be even lower than inflation, thus you ...
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Savings account vs Roth 401k

Is there any reason to have a savings account if you have a Roth 401(k), which allows early withdrawal of principal? If pooled together, couldn't you get the liquidity of a savings account and, if ...
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Is a High-Yield Savings Account with 1.25% APY too good to be true?

Okay, Sallie Mae is advertising a savings account with 1.25% APY. That seems incredibly high for a savings account, especially right now. It seems like a too good to be true type thing. Is there a ...
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Why do French banks push hard that customers open a savings account?

In France account managers often offer their costumers that they open a savings account (Livret A as they call) on top of the checking account. From my point of view, those employees seem to have ...
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Official Bank Check

My mother purchased a bank check from her bank (that came from her savings account) for around $25-30K & was made out to a business partner. She passed away & I found the bank check in her ...
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What exactly is a time deposit?

I understand the function of a time deposit. You can make a deposit, and you cannot withdrawal (without a fine) for a set amount of time. Really what I'm confused upon is what types of accounts are ...
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Can a Roth IRA be used as a savings account?

If my understanding is correct, you can take out your contributions from your Roth IRA whenever you want without paying any penalties. If this is true, then other than the limit you can contribute to ...
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What should I be wary of when opening a savings account?

I'm looking to open a savings account (probably online) but I want to make sure I avoid any pitfalls. After looking at Bankrate.com I put toegether a bit of a list, but is there anything else I should ...
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How to minimize damage from sale of savings account

I've been a Bank of America customer for ~13 years and have maintained the same accounts during that period. I currently have a checking and savings account with them and have two credit cards (one ...
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What is the easiest way to open a foreign Bank Account?

I live in Argentina. Nowadays in my country it is almost impossible to buy foreign currencies as American dollars or Euros. I was thinking if it is possible to open a foreign Bank Account to be able ...
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Is amount transferred by third party to savings account considered as income?

If my friend transfers (using Third Party Transfer or NEFT) some money to my savings account, does that amount count as my transfer income and do I have to pay tax on it?
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Saving hard to buy one specific item worth it?

I am new to this Stack Exchange channel, sorry in advance if the story does not fit. About 3.5 years ago I bought a laptop for my education. At the time it was a top of the line model etc. Recently, ...
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Why do sole proprietors in India generally use a current account?

I was told that sole proprietors in India use a current account for their business, rather than a savings account, to avoid interest. I don't understand why — if you account for the interest properly ...
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What's the difference between a Chequing account and a Savings account?

Because I know you can draw cheques from a savings account, so what gives?