Why use a financial institution?

A financial institution — such as a bank — can give you more security, convenience, and peace of mind in managing your money.

Benefits of using a financial institution

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It’s risky to keep your money in cash. It could easily get lost, stolen, or even destroyed in an unexpected event such as a house fire. By keeping your money in a financial institution, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing your funds are always safe.


By using a financial institution, you don’t have to carry large amounts of cash, but you can conveniently get cash when you want it at bank branches, ATMs, grocery stores, and many other convenient locations — even when you’re deployed.
Most financial institutions also provide a variety of online and mobile banking tools that can help servicemembers manage their money remotely, whether they’re deployed, temporarily deployed for a year (TDY), or on extended field time. These online services can help you monitor your accounts, pay bills, and get updates no matter where you are.

Saves money

Many people who don’t have a bank account use check cashing stores instead. Most of these stores charge very high fees. You can usually save a lot by using a bank.


Are you worried that a bank might mismanage your money, or even go out of business? All U.S. banks have to follow federal and state laws and regulations. And at most banks, your funds are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or FDIC. That means that if anything ever happened to the bank, the FDIC insures each person’s money to at least $250,000.

Financial future

With a bank, you’ll have financial professionals you can talk to and work with. The knowledgeable advice of bankers can be valuable resource to help you and your family build a better financial future.

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