Where you stash your cash. At the most basic level, there are savings accounts and checking accounts. Savings and checking accounts at your local bank or online bank will usually require a minimum deposit to open the account and a minimum monthly balance. Since checking accounts are used only for transactions like deposits and withdrawals, they offer no interest. Savings accounts, however, will give you a teeny tiny bit of interest each month. (See also: Money Market Accounts, Certificate of Deposit)
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