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It’s no secret that big banks sometimes charge high fees and offer low interest rates. U.S. Bank, the country’s fifth-largest by assets, is no exception. But what this institution does well is provide convenient access to thousands of physical branches and ATMs.
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U.S. Bank offers seven types of checking accounts, from a basic account to options for students and people who exclusively use debit cards instead of checks, as well as an interest-bearing account for seniors. There are also silver and gold packages designed for those who have other accounts at the bank, and an additional interest-earning account.
The basic account is Easy Checking. It has a monthly fee of $8.95, or $6.95 if you opt for online statements. To get the charge waived, make monthly direct deposits of at least $1,000 total or maintain an average account balance of $1,500.
U.S. Bank offers free access to more than 4,700 U.S. Bank ATMs nationwide. But if you go outside of the network, the bank charges a $2.50 transaction fee, in addition to whatever the ATM’s owner may charge (unless it’s a MoneyPass ATM, in which case there’s no surcharge from the ATM operator).