Chanelle Bessette is a personal finance writer at NerdWallet covering banking. She previously worked at Fortune, Forbes and the Reno Gazette-Journal. She is also a spokesperson for the banking team, and her expertise has appeared in The New York Times, Vox and Apartment Therapy.
- Education: B.A. in journalism from University of Nevada, Reno, B.A. in English from University of Nevada, Reno
- Previous experience: Fortune, Forbes, Reno Gazette-Journal
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Securityplus Federal Credit Union has a strong interest rate on checking and a large ATM and shared branch network.
Average Rates for Deposit Accounts
These are the current national average rates for savings, interest checking, certificates of deposit and money market accounts.
Ask a Nerd: Should I Keep Accounts Open at Multiple Banks?
It can be challenging to manage accounts at multiple banks, but there are benefits, like getting additional features.
What Is a Nonsufficient Funds, or NSF, Fee?
Your bank will charge a nonsufficient funds or NSF fee if you lack funds to pay for a check, transaction or payment.
Earned a Bank Bonus or Interest? Don’t Forget to Pay Taxes
If you've received an account bonus or you've earned interest on a bank account, Uncle Sam would like his cut.
Native American-Owned Banks, Credit Unions: Where to Find Them
Native American-owned banks and credit unions focus on providing services and support to Indigenous communities.
Should You Swap Your Bank Account for a Digital Wallet?
Digital wallets provide cash storage and payment features, and they can complement bank account services.
Greenwood Review: Spending and Savings
Greenwood offers online-only Spending and Savings accounts. It has a large free ATM network and interest on savings.
Ask a Nerd: How Does SVB’s Closure Affect Me?
Silicon Valley Bank’s failure created concern amongst customers. The FDIC provided assistance by taking over SVB.
What Should I Do With My Savings if There’s a Recession?
One of the best things you can do to prepare for a recession is build your emergency fund.
Should We Have a Joint Bank Account as an Unmarried Couple?
Joint bank accounts can be helpful for shared expenses but risky for unmarried couples without legal protections.
Carver Federal Savings Bank Review: Checking, Savings and CDs
Carver Bank offers a community focus and solid account options, but branches are limited to New York City.
Ask a Nerd: How Can I Avoid Overdraft Fees From Overspending?
Take advantage of your bank’s overdraft protection and consider additional tactics to help prevent overspending.