How to use your bank to help you avoid fees and interest rates
Interest rates can fluctuate with the economic climate, but what if you can keep them low enough that you can afford to pay them?
That’s the goal of a new banking tool called RateFinder, which lets you keep track of interest rates, the types of loans and the average interest rate for all of your financial accounts.
With the tool, you can see if you’re saving money for a rainy day or paying your bills on time.
It’s not available on credit cards yet, but the platform is currently available for use on a handful of banks, including Chase and Wells Fargo.
It comes with a free trial.
Here’s how to get started.1.
Sign up for the free RateFender account and select the “Interest Rate” dropdown to get access to the tool.2.
Tap the “+” icon next to the “Rate” heading and select “Rate Match” to find out the average rate you’ll pay on your account every month.3.
If you have a balance of more than $1,000, tap the “+1” button to set your maximum interest rate.
For example, if your balance is $1 in your account, you’d pay the maximum rate of 5% per month.4.
The tool automatically adjusts the interest rate according to the current economic conditions.
If your account balance goes up, you’ll see the new rate displayed next to your current rate.5.
You can then tap on the “+2” button and change the interest rates manually.
For instance, if you pay $50 a month on a new credit card, the tool would give you the new interest rate of 6.25%.
If you’re in the $100,000 range, the rate would be 8.75%.
You’ll get the new rates every three months, for a total of 30 monthly changes.6.
You’ll then see the latest rate on the right hand side of the RateFinance interface.
This is where you can enter in your bank account number and see how your interest rate compares to the average of all of the banks’ rates.7.
Tap on the blue bar on the left side of RateFenders interface to go to the rate match page and set your rate for your bank.8.
RateMatch will automatically adjust your interest rates to reflect the latest market interest rate on your bank’s credit card.
It will then calculate your monthly payment.
If the interest on your card is lower than the average, your payment will be less than the interest you’d receive if you paid on time and kept your interest low.
If it’s higher, your payments will be higher.
It won’t affect your interest if you do keep your payments low.9.
If there are no other interest rates available, the RateMatch page will show you the average and monthly interest rate available to you on your current account.
You could even add a different interest rate to your account if you want to.10.
RateFlier can’t match your interest to the market interest rates on your credit card or bank account.
If an interest rate is more favorable to you, RateFiler will match it with a different rate from your bank or credit card provider.
This will help you keep your balance low.
You won’t be able to earn interest on interest-free balances, but RateFler can help you pay for other types of expenses and pay bills on schedule.11.
Ratefender’s free trial allows you to see the tool in action.
If, for some reason, you want a full-fledged version of the tool for a monthly fee, the fee will be $20 per month ($49 for a family account) and the monthly payment will also be $25.