What is a financial institution?

Financial institutions provide products and services to help you manage your money.

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OK, in this lesson we’re looking at financial institutions. Image Description
Right. Let’s start with the basics. Millions of Americans use banks, a kind of financial institution. Image Description
Depending on where you live, you’ll probably have a number of banks to choose from. You’ll find that some are very large, and others are small. You’ll even find bank branches in some grocery stores and shopping malls. Banks are in big cities and small towns, and probably right in your own neighborhood. Image Description
Banks offer safe, secure, and convenient services that can help you save money and build toward a better financial future. Chances are, any successful person or business you can think of has a good working relationship with a bank. Image Description
The people who work at the bank are there to make you feel welcome. If you’re brand new to banking, they’ll be happy to explain what accounts and services can help you with your money management needs. Image Description
Take a look at some guidelines to keep in mind when you visit a bank … or any other financial institution. Image Description

At the financial institution:

  • If you don't know who to talk to, just ask.
  • Don't sign anything you don't understand.
  • Ask questions until you have the answers you need.
  • Ask for written information to take home and review.
  • Click the Next button below to proceed to the next page. There you'll learn about selecting the right financial institution.
    What is a financial institution? Selecting the best for you Why use a financial institution?