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Which major instution I should bank with...

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Re: Which major instution I should bank with...

Chase is probably the best bank to go with if you're into the credit card game, since they arguably have the best credit card portfolio out there. Having a banking/investment relationship is something that has definitely helped me get approved for some of the Chase CCs.

For those with big enough account balances or an investment relationship at JPMC, their top tier banking accounts are awesome. With my J.P. Morgan checking account there are no FTF fees on my debit card, no ATM fees ever (and fees charged by 3rd parties are refunded same day, with no limit), unlimited free incoming/outgoing domestic and international wire transfers, free checks, 24/7 phone banking concierge (you don't have to press a single number, someone just picks up and answers), free safe deposit box at Chase, higher limits for ATM withdrawals and mobile banking capabilities, no overdraft fees, no account minimum/balance requirement, etc. I even have them physically deliver foreign currency to my office prior to international trips. Couldn't be happier after transitioning from a Citigold account several years ago, which sucked.
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Re: Which major instution I should bank with...


bribro wrote:For those with big enough account balances or an investment relationship at JPMC, their top tier banking accounts are awesome. With my J.P. Morgan checking account there are no FTF fees on my debit card, no ATM fees ever (and fees charged by 3rd parties are refunded same day, with no limit), unlimited free incoming/outgoing domestic and international wire transfers...

Truly unlimited and uncapped?  I don't mean 1,000 per day, but, say, up 30 per month is ok and won't be considered abuse?  Also, from your experience, how's their compliance dept with int'l wires?  

 

Approximately, what size?  

 

Thanks!

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Re: Which major instution I should bank with...

Like others have said, chase is a good bank to go with if you are into credit cards. Establishing a relationship with them will be beneficial if you are interested in getting a mortgage through them down the road as well.

Wells Fargo is another bank you can check out, if you are interested in a mortgage later on, because they have a very significant presence in mortgages and they are big on relationships as well. But everything else about Wells Fargo is mediocre at best.

Citi is good only if you have a citi account overseas. It is the only bank I know that can have international wire transfers done instantly rather than having to wait 1-3 business days that most banks would require you to.

That being said, most of the prime banks require at least some minimum average daily balance to avoid fees, or to have direct deposit or something set up.
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Re: Which major instution I should bank with...

I can wholeheartedly recommend Charles Schwab. ATM fee refunds, superb customer service, and no monthly fees. I don't think I'll ever go back to banking with a local branch. It's just so much more convenient when it's all online.


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Re: Which major instution I should bank with...


@528491 wrote:

I can wholeheartedly recommend Charles Schwab. ATM fee refunds, superb customer service, and no monthly fees. I don't think I'll ever go back to banking with a local branch. It's just so much more convenient when it's all online.


Almost everything is online these days, but occasionally I receive checks that simply can't be deposited remotely.  Checks cut by Wells Fargo Payment Services actually fall in that category, and I get one of those nearly every two weeks.

 

OP: Like others have stated, if you're chasing CC's, Chase is the place to be.  Given that two of your list of three happen to be Chase specifically, it seems like a good bet.  That said everything that Open123 stated I completely concur with in terms of the relative merits between banks.  If BOFA hadn't finally annoyed me one too many times with the silly games they play with their checking accounts, I'd probably still be there.  Overall I'm much happier with Chase, but I keep a few other acounts around for other purposes... like USAA's transfer options are likely best-in-class for small banking customers, no fees for inbound or outbound ACH's.

 




        
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Crazy how many banks people here have checking accounts with. I have banking experience with BofA, Chase, and US Bank, and so far BofA has been the best. The online banking function is extremely well-developed and provides easy access to all financial accounts you have with BofA. BofA banking accounts typically carry more perks than those at other banks: you get free access to select museums, no maintenance fee if you use ATM's for simple transactions, no limit on credit card payments, and access to online shopping and local deals. Having a BofA banking account also gives you more value from their credit card rewards, typically 10% of the regular reward earning rate. Other major banks have a long way to go to catch up with BofA's online banking system.

 

Feel free to check out my brief review of BofA's online banking with respect to credit cards here: http://hiepsfinance.com/2013/03/03/bank-of-americas-credit-cards-an-insiders-view/

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Re: Which major instution I should bank with...


@enxinas wrote:

@Manny121 wrote:

Depends what your location is and which bank has more presence in your area. I work for Chase and we have a heavy presence in the northeast ..and also expanding in 23 states ..sooo if you are in any of those states then def Chase Smiley Happy


Then recon me for an Ink card! jk Smiley Wink

I live in Socal, and I know there's a lot of Chase in here lol


Come over to my branch in NYC and I'll sweet talk one of the credit card reps lol ....and yes Chase has been making its mark in socal ...might be an option for u Smiley Wink

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@Manny121 wrote:

@enxinas wrote:

@Manny121 wrote:

Depends what your location is and which bank has more presence in your area. I work for Chase and we have a heavy presence in the northeast ..and also expanding in 23 states ..sooo if you are in any of those states then def Chase Smiley Happy


Then recon me for an Ink card! jk Smiley Wink

I live in Socal, and I know there's a lot of Chase in here lol


Come over to my branch in NYC and I'll sweet talk one of the credit card reps lol ....and yes Chase has been making its mark in socal ...might be an option for u Smiley Wink


Where's your branch? I may come by to say hi in a couple of months.

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Re: Which major instution I should bank with...

I bank with Chase and USAA. I love that USAA deposits my paycheck a day before the normal pay date, but still keep Chase because I can deposit using my phone or at a branch

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Re: Which major instution I should bank with...


@Manny121 wrote:

@enxinas wrote:

@Manny121 wrote:

Depends what your location is and which bank has more presence in your area. I work for Chase and we have a heavy presence in the northeast ..and also expanding in 23 states ..sooo if you are in any of those states then def Chase Smiley Happy


Then recon me for an Ink card! jk Smiley Wink

I live in Socal, and I know there's a lot of Chase in here lol


Come over to my branch in NYC and I'll sweet talk one of the credit card reps lol ....and yes Chase has been making its mark in socal ...might be an option for u Smiley Wink


Ahahaha lol.

Thanks for the input peeps. As of right now, my main bank is Wells Fargo, followed by Chase, then Charles Scwab for my investments. I also have a Higherone account for my college. That said, I think I'll build a relationship with Chase (how would I do it without taking out any loans or applying for CCs... Kinda hard lol). Forgot to mention that all (except Scwab) of my accounts are College accounts

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