Do you trust online banking?

Muse

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I know, this may sound stupid but here goes. I have a pretty large check, not sure how/when I'm going to invest it, figure meantime I should be getting something out of the cash. My local branch banks (Chase and Union Bank) where I have a few accounts (free checking, one savings) have yields that are practically zero on savings accounts. I could tie up the cash in a CD, but the rates for those aren't great and not sure I want to freeze the cash for 6 months or whatever.

I got a letter from Discover (have their credit card) that said they had a 0.87%/year savings thing, FDIC insured (this was around a year ago, but I imagine it's pretty much the same now). Well, I mentioned this to a friend (a business woman, used to be small sole proprietorship, now a successful real estate broker), who told me doesn't think she would do something like that online. She said she wouldn't want to give her money to people who didn't have a B&M presence where she could walk in and talk to them face to face (pretty much her words). What do you think?
 
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poofyhairguy

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I think I like people like her with her funny misconceptions so bank teller jobs aren't outsourced to India.
 

Markbnj

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Yes, I do trust online banking, at least the services from regulated U.S. banks. Our consumer banking is on BofA, but for investments I use TD Ameritrade. You can create an account and easily move cash into it from your bank despository accounts, and from there you can either leave it in a low-yield cash money market account, or easily invest it in index funds or whatever you want to do.
 
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I'm fine with online banking, but I can see her concern about banking with a company that had no B&M presence. I like to talk to people in person about investment decisions. Call me old fashioned.
 

MrDudeMan

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+1 she's crazy

I use multiple online-only banks and I've never had an issue. Actually, they usually respond faster than local banks when I need something.
 

Soundmanred

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A guy came to my door with a really nice looking leather bag that said "$ BANK $" on the side (both sides actually!) and asked if I'd like to become a member. He said I didn't have to pay ANY interest, compared to a lot of banks where you pay a few percent. I said "YES" of course! I gave him my cash and went to the ATM of my old bank and took out all I had there as well to deposit with him.
All I have to do is call him when I need money and he said he'd come over. How is THAT for service?! Amazing.
The best part? I didn't have to sign ANYTHING unlike all the BS paperwork I had to fill out at my old bank.
Take that so called "professional" banks!
 

cubby1223

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My personal opinion, less that 1% interest is not worth the hassles of maintaining yet another account. I used emigrant direct back when they were nearly 6%, and actually just recently finally pulled the last of the money out of the account. No problems whatsoever.
 

darkewaffle

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My mom won't use online billpay because she "likes the feel of a paper bill" or some retarded shit lol.

Goddamn old people.
 

MrDudeMan

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A guy came to my door with a really nice looking leather bag that said "$ BANK $" on the side (both sides actually!) and asked if I'd like to become a member. He said I didn't have to pay ANY interest, compared to a lot of banks where you pay a few percent. I said "YES" of course! I gave him my cash and went to the ATM of my old bank and took out all I had there as well to deposit with him.
All I have to do is call him when I need money and he said he'd come over. How is THAT for service?! Amazing.
The best part? I didn't have to sign ANYTHING unlike all the BS paperwork I had to fill out at my old bank.
Take that so called "professional" banks!

what the hell is the point of this? it's not funny and doesn't actually explain a valid underlying concept. stupid post is stupid.
 

Muse

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Yes, I do trust online banking, at least the services from regulated U.S. banks. Our consumer banking is on BofA, but for investments I use TD Ameritrade. You can create an account and easily move cash into it from your bank despository accounts, and from there you can either leave it in a low-yield cash money market account, or easily invest it in index funds or whatever you want to do.
Yes, actually I also have a TD Ameritrade account (margin and Roth IRA accounts). I have electronic transfer set up from my margin account to my checking account, maybe it would work the other direction, should investigate that! :cool:

As you say, the money market accounts at TD Ameritrade are low yield. I am not averse to index fund trading (plan to do that), but I'm leery of doing that just now because I fear a correction that will seriously dent my capital. I want to get in when the odds are much better (have you heard of the Golden Cross?).
 

Muse

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she sounds old
She's about 62. Not young, not old, has a lot of energy, as people say, she could be a little looney, yes, but she's not stupid. She got her real estate license, has invested a lot of money and energy and time into developing a new career in representing buyers and sellers of houses in the region and listening to her I have to think she's outclassing the great majority of the other agents in the area.
 
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Muse

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A guy came to my door with a really nice looking leather bag that said "$ BANK $" on the side (both sides actually!) and asked if I'd like to become a member. He said I didn't have to pay ANY interest, compared to a lot of banks where you pay a few percent. I said "YES" of course! I gave him my cash and went to the ATM of my old bank and took out all I had there as well to deposit with him.
All I have to do is call him when I need money and he said he'd come over. How is THAT for service?! Amazing.
The best part? I didn't have to sign ANYTHING unlike all the BS paperwork I had to fill out at my old bank.
Take that so called "professional" banks!
1/2 way through this I figured it was Soundmanred, ribbing me again. Hey red, how's it going?
what the hell is the point of this? it's not funny and doesn't actually explain a valid underlying concept. stupid post is stupid.
Soundmanred can be a pain in the ass, well, in truth I think he's a little oblique.
 
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dank69

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She's about 62. Not young, not old, has a lot of energy, as people say, she could be a little looney, yes, but she's not stupid. She got her real estate license, has invested a lot of money and energy and time into developing a new career in representing buyers and sellers of houses in the region and listening to her I have to think she's outclassing the great majority of the other agents in the area.
Yup. Only an old person with nothing to do with their spare time would say something like "I prefer driving to the B&M and waiting in line to talk to someone pretending to like me instead of spending 30 seconds on the internet to accomplish the same thing while simultaneously fapping to midget porn."
 

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Yes, actually I also have a TD Ameritrade account (margin and Roth IRA accounts). I have electronic transfer set up from my margin account to my checking account, maybe it would work the other direction, should investigate that! :cool:

As you say, the money market accounts at TD Ameritrade are low yield. I am not averse to index fund trading (plan to do that), but I'm leery of doing that just now because I fear a correction that will seriously dent my capital. I want to get in when the odds are much better (have you heard of the Golden Cross?).

I haven't heard of that, no, and I don't play the odds personally. I let Vanguard do that :). They're good at it. We're up 16-ish percent this year.
 

disappoint

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She's about 62. Not young, not old...

Wait so how old are you that you think 62 is not old? Back in Jesus' times most people didn't live half that age! Mostly because they were crucified! Sorry Jebus! Omg I'm talking to a dead man! Sorry Jebus followers! Omg I'm talking to braindead men! Oh man I need a new schtick, this religiobashing is gettin old..it's like 62..posts old or something...

Stream of consciousness is fun! It's funny what human consciousness conjures up sometimes. Like a cat coughing up a hairball.
 

Noo

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Having the ability to physically see and interact with a banking representative is a crazy idea?? Lol you guys are funny.