|Certificates of deposit
A certificate of deposit, known as a C.D., is a type of deposit available from various financial institutions. A C.D. requires that you deposit a sum of money for a guaranteed period of time.
|Checking and savings accounts
You have probably already opened a savings or checking account, or even both, at some point in your life. However, by doing a bit of research you can make sure you are saving money and earning the highest interest rates available from your financial institution.
|Choosing a bank
When choosing a bank, take into consideration both personal convenience and what fees the bank charges. First, try to choose a bank that is very convenient to your home, or office, or both.
|General mortgage information
A mortgage is a pledge of property to secure the repayment of a debt. A lender will ask you for specific information regarding your source of income, the assets you own, and the debts you owe.
|Getting cash when you're away from home
Perhaps the easiest way to get cash when you are away from home is by using an automated teller machine. Today, most financial institutions offer automated teller machine, or ATM (A-T-M), cards that give you immediate access to the money you have available in your checking or savings account.
|Safe deposit box
A safe deposit box is a locked compartment at a bank that can be rented month to month for a fee. Safe deposit boxes are ideal places to keep original documents such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, and stock certificates, which can be difficult or time-consuming to replace.