6. First Republic Bank: Their ATM Rebate Checking account offers free use of more than 800,000 ATMs worldwide, unlimited ATM access, and even interest on balances above $3,500. ATM withdrawal fees are refunded from other banks worldwide and international card usage fees are waived. There are free ATM withdrawals to available limits as well. You must have a minimum opening balance of $500 and minimum average balance of $3,500 to avoid monthly fees.
The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) has a high-yield investor checking account that tops the list for the best checking accounts with reimbursed ATM fees. Schwab offers unlimited reimbursement for any ATM fees incurred worldwide. Free bill pay, standard checks, a Visa debit card, mobile deposit and 24/7 U.S.-based customer service are all included. As of 2018, individuals with this checking account earned a 0.35% variable interest rate on any balance. There are no monthly minimums or service fees. The account must link to a free Schwab One brokerage account. Schwab operates branch offices in almost every major city throughout the United States.
If you do have to use a bank card, it pays to call when you get home and register your complaint about these fees. Wells Fargo always credits me the entire amount when I call them to gripe about it. Same goes for Amex if they are charging overseas transaction fees; they know what the competition is doing so they rebate the fees with a simple phone call.
Fidelity Investments offers a cash management account that it describes as a traditional checking account without the bank fees. There are no monthly fees or minimum balances. All ATM fees are automatically reimbursed nationwide with a 1% foreign transaction fee. Free bill pay, mobile check deposit and checks are included. Fidelity operates a limited branch network across the United States.
Phony job listings on legit job-hunting websites. One fraudulent group was listing fake jobs on CareerBuilder, which is an otherwise respectable site. The group was charging a big fee for a background check before consideration of any applicants. Federal, state and local authorities received more than 17,000 complaints filed by people who were ripped off by this particular group. And that’s just the number of people who found their way to complain. Who knows how many others were taken?
The Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card has no foreign transaction fees and no annual fee. You’ll earn 1.5 points per $1 spent on all purchases and your points don’t expire. There’s also a sign-up bonus—you can earn 25,000 online bonus points if you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days. That’s worth $250 as a statement credit toward travel.
Even better, the national median wage for web developers was $66,130 in 2016, with the top 10% earning an average of $119,550. And you typically don’t need an advanced degree to begin working in this field. All you need is some postsecondary education, applicable experience, and a portfolio of successful sites you’ve built and managed. There are even intensive coding boot camps designed to teach programming skills in just a few short months.
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