EL SEGUNDO, CA (PRWEB) February 20, 2013
Go Banking Rates’ recent investigation into the benefits of saving money in a savings account reveals that while saving money in a general account is a smart move, over-saving causes a severe disservice to consumers’ long-term financial goals. The new report explains that federal insurance protection is capped at $250,000 total for all deposit balances in each bank or credit union. For instance, combined balances in savings accounts, checking accounts and certificates of deposit from the same institution must be at $250,000 or less to be fully protected, particularly in the event of a bank failure.
“It’s important to always be aware of exactly how much money you’re squirreling away, so you maximize your deposit protections by diversifying where you keep your savings” says Jennifer Calonia of Go Banking Rates. She adds, “With over 50 failed financial institutions in 2012 alone, consumers need to keep a pulse on how close they teeter to the FDIC and NCUA insurance limits. If they’re close to the maximum protection, they should take a step back and determine what their long-term goals are.”
The report identifies four strategic types of savings account options that bring depositors the savings results they are looking for.
“For example, if you’re concerned with long-term savings, you may be better off opening an individual retirement account (IRA) that offers a generous contribution limit at $5,500, in addition to higher deposit rates,” Ms. Calonia suggests. “If your priority is to save enough money for your child’s future college tuition costs, consider growing their college fund through a 529 savings account plan, which offers tax benefits and competitive rates,” she adds.
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