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A bank employee who handles the funds transactions in the bank such as deposits and withdrawals for the bank customers.
For the past few weeks the financial markets seem to be getting a bit more disquieting. Debt market concerns and the lack of economic expansion seem to be weighing heavy in the markets. This distress has effect of keeping a lid on interest rates.
Poor economic news and skittish markets generally always provide a damper on
The regulation provides six exceptions that allow banks to exceed the maximum hold periods in the availability schedules. The exceptions are considered safeguards against the risk associated with each. These are the exceptions: checks deposited to new accounts, large deposits ($5,000 or more in checks), redeposited checks, deposits made by check to accounts
An endorsement on a check by a bank customer put there only to get the bank to cash the check for someone else, usually a non-customer. The endorser making the accommodation doesn’t benefit from the check or otherwise use it, but agrees to pay for the check if it bounces.
Bank rates were higher across the board this past week with the rise in lending rates remaining relatively light while the rise in savings products was more pronounced. Mortgage rates inched a little higher over the course of the week along with consumer credit card rates. Bank CD rates increased by a slightly larger magnitude
A self directed IRAs at an FDIC insured bank can be a valuable resource in personal financial planning. An IRA can hold a certificate of deposit and be insured up to $250,000.00 instead of the individual FDIC insurance limit of $100,000.00. You can be complete control of these funds and direct the type and maturity
Accounts called Christmas clubs offered by some banks have been around since the great depression. These accounts are simply savings accounts that established so a customer can make regular deposits over the year and withdraw the money at the en of the year for Christmas. These accounts pay very little interest and restrict
Brokered CDs are simply bank CDs offered by a financial intermediary. It’s important to understand who is offering the brokered CDs, what the interest rate on the CDs are and what features the CD holds. Many brokered CDs are callable CDs thus negating the benefit of a guaranteed fixed rate of return that is a
There are strategies to control the impact inflation has on your investments. Be mindful of the rate of inflation as it relates to the rate you receive on your investments. The real rate of return is true measure of your investment performance.
The Wall Street Journal surveys large banks and publishes the consensus prime rate. It’s the most widely quoted measure of the prime rate, which is a common benchmark for consumer and business loans set by banks, often at a level 3 percentage points higher than the federal funds rate. The prime rate will
I Bonds are a low-risk savings product sold by the U.S. Treasury as either a paper bond at a financial institution or as an electronic product in the TreasuryDirect section of savingsbonds.gov website. The bonds are similar to other Treasury bonds but these bonds are inflation linked savings bonds and the interest rate paid
When you get a PIN number for your debit or credit card, choose and guard it carefully. When selecting a PIN, avoid picking a number that is easy for others to guess – for example, your name, telephone number, date of birth, or any simple combination of these. Never write down your
The stock market continued to rally last week, the dollar fell, inflation ticked up and somehow interest rates managed to move lower. There is a plethora of opinions from economist on why interest rates should be increasing not decreasing, yet the expected rise in interest rates remains as elusive as ever.
Although short term
The FDIC was visiting Illinois on Friday and by the end of the day closed the doors on six Illinois based banks. The banks placed into receivership with the FDIC included New Century Bank based in Chicago, Citizens Bank & Trust Company of Chicago, Broadway Bank based in Chicago, Lincoln Park Savings Bank in Chicago,
Certificate of deposit rates for bank CDs available nationally were mostly lower with the exception of the long term CD rates which remained unchanged for the week ending May 29. Though interest rates were not overly active among the different terms the end result and the long term trend has been an increasing spread between
With bank certificate of deposit rates hovering at their lowest level in a year and the financial pundits talking of an economic recovery, it is hard to see how CD rate can move much lower. Today’s CD rates may come as an unpleasant surprise to those that accept this wisdom and think the bottom had
When two or more insured banks merge, the deposits from the assumed bank continue to be insured separately for at least six months after the merger. This grace period gives a depositor the opportunity to restructure his or her accounts, if necessary. CDs from the assumed bank are separately insured until the earliest
For the most part a certificate of deposit isn’t really a certificate anymore. Most banks issue receipts, rather than actual certificates of deposit and the account is primarily a computer entry. All the owner normally needs to claim the deposit is proper identification to prove they are the owners of the CD account.
The stock of First Financial Bankshares gained 47 percent in 2008, CD investors can gain too with the competitive rates on the variety of CD terms offered at First Financial Bank, one of the banks owned and operated by First Financial Bankshares. To start the New Year, First Financial Bank has several CDs they are