Best national bank to open checking account (or maybe savings)

secretpact

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I want to switch to a bank that doesn't have a minimum balance, and doesn't have too many fees (preferably none). The reason being, I plan on pushing all the money I get into an ING Direct account to get more interest. Does anybody have any comments for a good national bank? It doesn't really need to be national, just as long as they have plenty of branches on the West Coast and East Coast. Just to clarify I'm talking about America.
 

Sun Baked

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Can always check out the credit unions to see who is offering to refund ATM fees.
 

GoCubsGo

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washingon mutual. They offer "truly free checking".
 

taylorwilsdon

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washingon mutual. They offer "truly free checking".
Eww. That's a bad idea right now. Wells Fargo has done fine for me, no fees (free checking).
 

adk

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Stuck in the middle with you
The banks with the most branches (BoA and Chase are the two largest) also seem to charge the most fees. I don't think you're going to find a bank with tons of branches and no fees.
 

JNB

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Not "national" in the sense that they're in every city, but I've been with Compass Bank for about 8 or 9 years now, and it's the first bank I've been happy with. Actually, really happy. Other than them, credit unions all the way. Compass is expanding fairly rapidly, though, and I've found them in most regions of the country. But, who really needs local branches anymore, anyway? ;)
 

Emily26

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If you happen to still be looking, you can compare checking accounts using CheckingFinder (www.checkingfinder.com). You can type in your zip code (they have online banking too) to compare requirements and rates for high yield checking accounts offered at community banks around the country. If you find an account that suits you, you can open it for free. Hope this helps.

Emily (www.checkingfinder.com)
 

ZhenyaF

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I like TD, they have a low minimum to keep in the account ($100), they are open on Sunday and they have great customer service. I moved 3 accounts from Chase 2 years ago and never looked back
 

eric/

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I don't think that the OP is still looking for one.

But, I would look into a credit union as well. Avoid fees, avoid 'savings accounts', and avoid minimum balances.

I use USAA, which refunds ATM fees, and offers free checking, but you have to have been in the military or somebody in your family.
 

yg17

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Asking which national chain bank is the best is like asking which STD is the best. Sure, some may be worse than others, but they're all bad.