What are the pros and cons of having multiple bank accounts?

What are the pros and cons of having multiple bank accounts?

They say you shouldn’t keep all your eggs in one basket. But does this “tried-and-true” advice still hold up when you replace “eggs” with “money” and “basket” with “bank account”? When can having multiple accounts with one or more banks be beneficial, and when can it be problematic?

Pros
  • Different accounts for different purposes
  • Keep your wealth organised
  • Access special features and bonuses
Cons
  • Can be confusing and hard work to manage
  • Multiple fees
  • You may not get all the bonuses

 

 

Pros of having multiple bank accounts:

Different accounts for different purposes

Not every bank account is created equal. Savings accounts maximise the interest you earn when you put away your cash, while transaction accounts offer easy and convenient access to your everyday funds. There are also offset accounts for managing mortgage interest, and a wide range of other options to suit your unique financial requirements.  

Keep your wealth organised

Highly organised folks say that if you can measure something, you can manage something. This includes your money – by organising your available cash and savings into multiple bank accounts, you can make active progress towards achieving the financial goals you set yourself.

Access special features and bonuses

Depending on who you bank with, and which accounts you’re interested in, you may be eligible for rewards and bonuses when you open or use different bank accounts. Whether it’s a low introductory fee, or a special interest rate, your selection of bank accounts and financial products can deliver significant rewards on top of their normal value.

Some banks even offer package deals that provide unique benefits when you take out multiple financial products, including bank accounts, allowing you to benefit from waived fees, bonus interest, or other exclusive offers.

Cons of having multiple bank accounts:

Can be confusing and hard work to manage

“Wait… my money is WHERE, exactly?” If you have multiple accounts with one or more banks, you may find yourself asking this question. Rather than sticking all your money into a single oversized cartoon vault, dividing your wealth between multiple bank accounts can prove much more complicated to manage.

This may be less of a problem if you don’t mind committing some time and energy to organising your money, but if you prefer a more “hands off” approach to finances, a smaller number of accounts may feel simpler.

Multiple fees

Bank accounts can be a bit like superannuation accounts in at least one way – if you have more than one, you’ll likely need to pay more than one set of fees.

Depending on your bank and the accounts you’re interested in, your bank may charge you fees to enjoy its benefits and features. The more accounts you open, the more you may have to pay in fees, to the point where you may be paying more than what the benefits being offered are worth.

You may not get all the bonuses

When it comes to features and special bonus offers, remember the rule of “one per customer”. Some banks may offer special rewards with their bank accounts and financial products, but you only get to enjoy them the once. Even if you open a second account with the same bank, you may not get to benefit from the same introductory offers you enjoyed when you first signed up to the bank.

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Learn more about savings accounts

Should I open multiple savings accounts with UBank?

UBank offers customers an opportunity to make the most of their savings by opening multiple savings accounts. Having multiple savings accounts with UBank may be ideal for savers tracking different goals in separate accounts. 

It’s important to note that to earn bonus interest, you will still need to meet the conditions of the UBank savings account every month. If you don’t make these deposits, you will receive the standard interest rate, which is typically lower. 

Keep in mind that you won’t earn bonus interest on your UBank savings account in the month an account is opened and if you open multiple savings accounts with UBank, you'll start earning any bonus interest the following month. 

It's also not yet known how long the special interest rate will hang around for, so please check with your bank for more information. 

Can you have a joint savings account?

Yes. Joint savings accounts can be useful for two or more people wanting to combine their savings to meet shared financial goals, including spouses, flatmates and business partners.

Some joint savings accounts require all parties to sign before they can access the money. While less convenient, this extra security can help encourage all parties to meet their shared financial goals.

Other joint savings accounts allow any of the account holders to access the money. These accounts can be convenient for financially responsible couples that trust one another implicitly. 

How do I open a savings account?

Opening a savings account is a relatively simple process. If you’ve found an account with a suitable interest rate, you’ll just need to get in contact with your chosen lender via a branch, phone call or hop online to begin the process. 

You may be required to provide:

  • Personal details, including identification (driver’s license, passport etc.)
  • Tax file number
  • Employment details

How to make money with a savings account?

Savings accounts make you money by earning interest on your savings. The more money you deposit, the longer you leave it in the account, and the higher the account’s interest rate, the more interest you’ll be paid by the bank or financial institution, and the more your wealth will grow.

To make sure your savings account makes money and doesn’t lose money, it’s important to maintain a large enough minimum balance that the annual interest earned exceeds any annual fees charged on the account.

What is the interest rate on savings accounts?

As banks frequently change their rates, the most accurate way to look at interest rates on savings accounts is to use a savings accounts comparison tool. When you look at the savings rate check what the maximum and minimum rates are. Often banks will offer you a promotional rate for the first few months which is competitive, but then revert back to a base rate which can sometimes be less than inflation. Ongoing bonus rates are often a safer bet as they will keep rewarding you with the maximum rate, provided you meet their criteria

Can you direct deposit to a savings account?

Yes. You can make one off payments or set up regular direct deposits into a savings account. This can be organised easily through online banking or by making deposits in a branch. Talk to your lender to find out the easiest way for you to set up direct deposits.

How does interest work on savings accounts?

The type of interest savings accounts accrues is called compound interest. Compound interest is interest paid on the initial deposit amount, as well as the accumulated interest on money you have. This is different from simple interest where interest is paid at the end of a specified term. Compound interest allows you to earn interest on interest at a higher frequency. 

Example: John deposits $10,000 into a savings account with an interest rate of 5 per cent that he leaves untouched for 10 years. At the end of the first year he will have $10,512 in savings. After ten years, he will have saved $16,470.

What is a savings account?

A savings account is a type of bank account in which you earn interest on the money you deposit. This makes it one of the easiest and safest investment tools.

How much money should I have in my savings account?

A good rule of thumb when working out a minimum balance for your savings account is to make sure that you’ll earn more in annual interest on your savings than what you’ll be charged in annual fees.

If you’re saving with a specific goal in mind, prepare a budget so the interest you earn on your deposits will help you efficiently reach this goal. Online financial calculators may be helpful here.

What is a good interest rate for a savings account?

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind with savings accounts is to look for a rate that is higher than the CPI inflation rate. This number is constantly changing, so check the Reserve Bank of Australia’s page. If you aren’t earning interest above this then the value of your money will go backwards over time.

How to open a savings account for my child?

Some banks and financial institutions allow parents to open a bank account for their child as soon as it is born, and start depositing funds to go towards the child’s future.

Children’s savings accounts generally don’t have fees, and are structured to help develop positive financial habits by limiting withdrawals, encouraging regular deposits, and earning interest on the savings, similarly to standard savings accounts.

Can you set up a savings account online?

Yes. Several large and small banks offer online applications for savings accounts, and there are also online-only financial institutions to consider.

Online-only savings accounts are often less expensive than other savings accounts, though they may not offer the same flexibility, features, or face-to-face service as more traditional savings accounts.

Can you have multiple ING savings accounts?

Yes, you can open up to nine accounts with ING at any particular time. If you’re saving money for various goals, such as buying a car or taking a holiday, you can name each of your multiple ING savings accounts differently.

To get a Savings Maximiser account, you’ll need to deposit more than $1000 every month and make at least five additional purchases. If you also want to grow your savings, from 1st March 2021, you can earn up to 1.35 per cent per annum variable interest on one account with a balance of up to $100,000 when you also maintain an Orange Everyday account.

With ING, multiple savings accounts can help keep track of all your savings goals. All the accounts offer flexible withdrawals where you can withdraw as low or as high as you want without impacting your earning interest rate. However, you can only earn the bonus interest on one account. To apply for a Savings Maximiser account, you can visit ingdirect.com.au.

What are the requirements for opening Commbank multiple savings accounts?

Existing Commbank account holders can open additional accounts online You can open multiple savings accounts with Commbank to meet various goals like a down payment for a home or buying a car. 

To open an account, you’ll need the following:

  • An Australian residential address
  • To be 14 years or older
  • A Tax File Number (TFN) or TFN exemption.
  • Tax residency details

If you’re not a current Commbank account holder, you’ll need an Australian driving licence, birth certificate or passport and Medicare card. You may also have to visit a branch if your identity cannot be confirmed online.