Do We Trust the Banks Or Not

Watching big companies get bailed out while you struggle with your personal finances everyday is enough to make you tired — and want to protest right along with the Occupy Wall Street crowd. However, that’s not what we’re trying to talk about here.

If you’re feeling fed up and looking for changes, you might naturally look at all of the relationships that you have with the current corporate environment. That would be a smart place to start, because we never really know what we have or what we’re working with until we look at all of the finer details.  Banking is something that affects us all whether we have a bank account or not.

After all, there’s going to come a point where you’re going to need financing for something, and that means that you’re going to want to talk to a bank at least once. They might not have the most competitive rate for what you’re looking for, but you will never know what they have until you actually ask. It’s just up to you to figure out what you want to achieve, and how you actually want to achieve it. Never think for a moment that you can’t do the things you want just because you can’t do them right this moment. It would be wiser to really make sure that you focus on the bigger picture. A lot of people have turned their financial futures around simply by realizing that even though they can’t see a solution right away, the solution truly is right around the corner.

The question that’s probably on your mind right now is whether or not you can really trust the bank. We don’t think it’s a bad question to ask, and we definitely aren’t going to tell you that you should make a snap decision too quick. You just need to make sure that you think about the greater picture here.

In order to grow your money, you’re going to have to trust someone. Sure, you could store all of your money under your mattress, but having it in a bank is definitely safer. In the United States, all banks worth their salt are going to carry FDIC insurance, which means that your deposit is protected up to $250,000 through 2013. It is likely that this higher limit will be renewed after 2013. Since the inception of the FDIC, no one has ever lost a deposit. Yes, banks have failed but the FDIC has stepped in and made sure that these people have gotten their money back.

Of course, you have to make sure that you claim the rights that you deserve — it’s not going to be anyone’s job to chase you down to get you your money back. You have to know that you’re entitled to getting that money back and fighting for it that way. Sure, it’s going to be an issue of making sure that you can actually claim the rights you want, but a little research will lead you down the right path in the long run.

We always recommend building a long term relationship with a bank so that you’re going to be able to use their services to the fullest. There’s no reason why you can’t qualify for good financing, for example. It’s just a matter of realizing that it’s what you ultimately want to do. If you don’t get things on the right track, you’ll end up hurting your self in the long term. Becoming a cash customer is something that only works in the short term. What about when you’re ready for a car or a house? Those are going to be some big ticket items that usually require good credit. If you’ve been burned by credit in the past, we definitely understand why you might want to avoid pushing forward. However, if you take the time to build your credit back slowly and replace it with positive trade lines, there’s no reason why you cannot have a good credit score again.

Not giving up is the key to success in life. We don’t think at this time that there’s any reason why you should give up on the banking industry. You never know where the industry will take you next, after all!