Where is the best place to open a savings account?
I often get asked where the best place is to start a savings account. I think it depends a little bit on your goals, but for now the simple answer is ING Direct.
If you are stocking away a quarter million dollars in your savings account, I wouldn’t recommend them since they do not have the highest interest rates. But they are always competitive with their rates and for most of us a half of a percent difference isn’t going to make much difference. For example, if you have $1000 in the savings account for a whole year a half percent will equal $5. Like I mentioned before, if you have a lot of cash in your savings account I would be looking for the highest interest rate I could find in an FDIC insured bank.
ING is the safest place to save money
Earlier this year I wrote about a study that the University of Berkeley, California did. The purpose of the study was to determine which banks had the highest occurrences of identity theft. They concluded that ING Direct had the fewest incidences of identity theft. HSBC and Bank of America had the highest occurrences.
While preventing identity theft is something that we should be proactive about, it is nice to know that my bank isn’t making it any easier for the bad guys.
They speak English when you call
Don’t get me wrong, after taking four years of Spanish I understand the difficulty of learning a new language. But, I don’t want to have to learn one when I call for help. As we all know a lot of U.S. businesses have delegated customer service to other parts of the world. I have called ING on a couple different occasions and have had great experiences so far.
They focus on simplicity
One of the most important reasons that ING is my preferred place to save money is because they keep it simple. They have a great interface that makes it easy to use bill pay, to send a check, or even to budget. They continuously seek to improve themselves and keep adding new features. At the sake of sounding like a salesman, I offer you 10 more reasons why I love ING. 🙂
They give bonuses
Yep, they offer $25 to new customers who sign up via a referral email. The only catch is that you have to open the account with at least $250. If you would like a referral, let me know.