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Why You Should Comparison Shop for Financial Services

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Comparison shop for financial services. Just as you would do for any major purchase, look at what is being offered by your bank and a few competitors, then try to find the best deal to meet your needs. For instance, with a mortgage, credit card or other loan, you may be able to negotiate the interest rate and other terms. This can save hundreds or thousands of dollars over several years.
When you consider opening checking and savings accounts, compare the Annual Percentage Yield (APY) offered by several financial institutions. The APY expresses the annual interest rate you will earn on a deposit account, depending on the frequency of compounding. However, keep in mind that fees -- such as those for ATM withdrawals, account maintenance and checks returned because of insufficient funds -- aren't factored into the APY. Fees can make a big difference in how much you actually earn from money you have on deposit.

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