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Finance, Investing and the Economy

Curated information and resources about money and the economy

Banks and Banking

Information on banks, credit unions, rates and more.

  • Bank Accounts and Services
    When choosing and using your bank or credit union account, it’s important to know your options. From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • — Banking
    Tracks rates on CDs, savings accounts and money market accounts, and provides bank reviews.
  • Banks, Credit Unions & Consumer Lenders
    Verify a financial service provider’s license or registration, file a complaint, or access alerts and other consumer information. The Virginia Bureau of Financial Institutions reviews and responds to consumer complaints about financial institutions they regulate.
  • Don't Have a Bank Account?
    • Bank On
      Bank On’s goal is to ensure that everyone has access to a safe and affordable bank or credit union account. View the list of low- or no-fee Bank On Certified Accounts by state. Includes a list of banks that offer online account registration. From the national nonprofit organization, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund.
    • Choosing a Safe and Affordable Account
      Advice on how to choose and open a bank account. Includes links to banks in your area that provide Bank On Certified Accounts. These accounts are basic, low- or no-fee and available to anyone. From the American Bankers Association.
    • FDIC GetBanked
      7.1 million U.S. households are without a bank account. If you would like to open an account, this website will help you get started . Many FDIC-insured banks offer accounts with low (or no) monthly maintenance fees when you have direct deposit or maintain a minimum balance. Many also offer free access to in-network automated teller machines (ATMs). Deposits are insured up to $250,000. From the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Also available in Spanish.
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    • BankFind
      Check to see if a bank is FDIC insured; find bank locations; see a bank’s history, including mergers and acquisitions; or view financial reports.
    • Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator (EDIE)
      Calculate the insurance coverage of your accounts at each FDIC-insured bank where you have deposit accounts.
  • List of State Banking Regulators
    Contacts and links are provided by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In Virginia, the State Corporation Commission, Bureau of Financial Institutions regulates state laws for banking, credit unions, mortgage brokers and lenders.
    The National Credit Union Administration provides consumers and credit union members of all ages and life stages important financial literacy and personal finance information and resources, including:
    • Consumer Assistance Center
      Assists consumers in resolving disputes with credit unions and providing information about federal consumer financial protection and share insurance matters.
    • Credit Union Locator
      Search for a credit union by address, credit union name or charter number.
    • Share Insurance Tookit
      Deposits at all federal credit unions and most state-chartered credit unions are covered by National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund protection. Find out more about NCUSIF protection and coverage.
  • Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP)
    Banking options for veterans and their families. A partnership of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and the Association of Military Banks of America (AMBA).
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