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Mobile banking takes a lot of the features of online banking and brings them to your cell or smart phone. Depending on who you bank with, mobile banking might save you a trip to a bank branch. All of the mobile banking features apply to your checking account, but some mobile banking apps allow access to your savings accounts and credit card balances as well. Read more...
Second Chance checking accounts are designed for people who are not allowed to open normal checking accounts due to past banking behavior or bad credit. The reasons you may be disallowed vary, but once you build a bad history, you're reported agencies or networks like Chexsystem. When you request to open an account, banks and credit unions check these databases to see if you have a bad record. Read more...
Most people comfortably use debit cards nowadays, but the benefits they offer are not always clear. Here's a breakdown of how debit cards work and the rewards programs frequently offered with them. Read more...
How to Close a Checking Account
The actual process of closing the account can be done fairly quickly, but preparation that needs to be completed beforehand. Since checking accounts are usually the center of many consumers’ financial existence, there’s lots of transactions flowing in and out of them. It’s important to take the proper steps to switch your automatic transactions into your new account before closing your old one. Most institutions allow you to close your checking account at a branch or over the phone, but be aware that some charge a fee if an account is closed within a certain period of days of it being opened.
What is mobile check deposit?
Mobile Check Deposit allows you to deposit checks into your bank account by taking a picture of the front and back of an endorsed check with a compatible smartphone or tablet. Most banks do not charge a fee for mobile check deposit. It’s usually included with the institution’s mobile banking application. In some cases, banks pose limits on the check amount or number of checks you can deposit. Some limits are set per check, per day and per month. Banks may also restrict the type of check being deposited. Be sure to check with your bank before making any deposits.
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