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Comparing Savings Accounts for retirement


A savings account can be quite useful, especially for individuals who are attempting to build a good savings either for retirement or simply to have the money they need to cover any sudden expenses or unexpected occurrences. Regardless of your reason for wanting a savings account, though, it's important for you to get the best interest rate that you can. After all, it's the interest rate that the account pays that makes a savings account worth having... the higher the interest rate is, the more money you'll earn on the balance that you keep in your account.

In order to get the best rate that you can, it's important for you to shop around and compare the rates and features that different banks offer on their accounts. If you're not sure exactly how to go about doing this, then this article is designed to get you on the right track.

Evaluating your options

The first thing that you need to do when looking to compare interest rates is determine what options you have available. This involves seeing which banks are in your area and what types of savings accounts each offers. You might also wish to look online, as there are a number of online banks that offer savings accounts with above average interest rates. After compiling a listing of the various banks in your area and any online banks that you've found that offer comparable savings accounts, it's time to begin looking at specific accounts and finding out what interest rates are available.

Requesting rate quotes

Requesting interest rate quotes for savings accounts can be a time-consuming process... especially if the banks that you're requesting quotes from offer a variety of savings account options. It's generally a good idea to decide upon one specific type of savings account from each bank that you're requesting a quote from, since it reduces the amount of quotes that you get to one per bank. If you wish, though, you can talk to a customer service representative and get quotes for every type of savings account that you qualify for (provided that the different account types have different interest rates at that bank) for a more thorough comparison of all of your options.

Comparing the offers

Once you've received all of your savings account interest rate quotes (either one per bank or one per account offered by all of the banks that you're considering), it's time to start comparing the accounts. You should keep in mind that some accounts may offer more features than others, and that these additional features can affect the interest rate that is offered on the account. If there are any accounts that offer features that you particularly want, then you should make a note to give them special consideration on top of just the interest rate that is offered. Determine which of the rates that you've received quotes on are the best, factoring in any accounts that you marked for special consideration.

Making your decision

After you've narrowed your list of potential accounts down to the top three or four, take a little bit of extra time and consider which of those accounts is the best for your needs. Use the interest rate that each offers, the account features that are included in the account, and the ease of accessing either a bank branch or ATM for deposits and withdrawals. Make your final decision, and then go to the bank of your choice (or log on in the event of an online bank) in order to open your savings account.


About the Author
John Mussi is the founder of Direct Online Loans who help homeowners find the best available loans via the www.directonlineloans.co.uk website.

 

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