Picking the right German bank account for your needs (2023)

There used to be a time where opening a German bank account was a difficult task for non-German speakers. Choice was scarce, prices were not transparent, and you were often not greeted so well at the counter.

Those days are long-gone: innovative neo-banks have taken the market by storm with slicks apps, cheap plans & English service. In only a few years, the amount of choice quickly became overwhelming to newcomers in Germany. It’s also one of the first decision to take when moving here, which makes it all a bit…paralyzing.

For those reasons, this post looks at the different options available to newcomers in Germany. It has one goal: finding the best bank account in Germany for your needs. This post is based on real-life experience and thorough reviews of the different banks presented here.

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Best bank accounts in Germany overview

If you were to squeeze the juice out of this long post, it would take form of this short list. It contains a summary of your best options with access to more details underneath.

All the options listed here offers service in English, with no ATM fees, no monthly fees (unless stated otherwise), free payment cards & a fully digital sign-up process:

  • N26 is still the best first account for most newcomers to Germany. It leads the pack in terms of value & ease of use. 2 reasons to pass on it: customer support is sometimes bad & not every citizenship is eligible. More details here.
  • Tomorrow is a great eco-conscious option with legitimate credentials. Think of it as the green N26: same basic features, flexibility & low fees, but your money is going towards climate-friendly projects. Reason to pass on it: not as many features as the competition. More details here.
  • Deutsche Bank is the best brick-and-mortar option. Yes, it comes with fees (from 6,90€/month) but it’s the only traditional bank that also has service in English and lets you open an account from abroad. More details here.
  • Kontist is probably the best option for freelancers. It strikes a great blend of banking & bookkeeping features, saving you tons of time. Tax advisors are available on demand too. Reason to pass on it: the free plan lacks too many features. More details here.
  • Cheat option: DKB is probably the best bank account in Germany, period. A lot of features, low fees & the only true free credit card on the market. The only drawbacks? No English support & the app is showing its age. More details here.

The best German bank account for most people

N26 still earns the #1 spot for most newcomers Germany. Even after the initial hype and some hiccups along the way, it manages to deliver a smooth banking experience at a very competitive price. Yes, customer support is sometimes lacking, but the value delivered still holds up.

I’ve been using N26 for several years now and it has always served me well in Germany or abroad. I’ve personally been very satisfied with their services so far. It comes often up on Facebook groups & forums when people ask for recommendations. You can read my experience in this full N26 review here.

The benefits are still known:

  1. Super low fees:
    • Free standard account.
    • Free Mastercard.
    • Free use of ATMs worldwide.
    • Low fees on international transfers thanks to Wise.
  2. Ease of use
    • Open an account within minutes via the app.
    • Interface & customer support available in English, French, Italian & Spanish.
    • No need to have a registered address in Germany/Anmeldung (in most cases).
    • Easy to close the account.
    • Receive your cards within 2-3 days

Reasons why N26 might not be for you

  • Your passport/ID card is not supported for identity verification. N26 uses a service provider to verify your identity and your passport/ID card. Sometimes they don’t work well with some countries. This may de-facto restrict your chances to open an account with them. For examples, the following countries’s passports are not supported: Ivory Coast, Algeria, Morocco, Monaco, Nigeria, Russia, Uruguay. Full-list here.
  • You really need access to a hotline. When something bad happens, one usually needs a fast reaction time. This unfortunately not well done by N26’s chat. And there is no phone chat available, unless you are on a paid plan.
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The brick-and-mortar alternative

If you are after physical branches with real people behind the counter, you can look in the direction of the traditional players on the market. You may have seen them before: Sparkasse, Volksbank, Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank & Postbank.

All in all, those banks more or less offer the same services within a similar price range. They all costs a bit more than the digital players, but you do get some more value & flexibility out of it, once you are in Germany.

Out of this bunch, Deutsche Bank is probably the best fit for newcomers:

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  • Online banking, documents & customer support available in English
  • For students, it provides a blocked account for visa applications
  • The bank has agencies everywhere in Germany, even in the smallest cities.
  • You can open an account without an Anmeldung/address in Germany.

The eco-conscious alternative

More and more options on the market offer to put your money to work for the planet. These sort of features are young and should perhaps prove their actual impact over time, but it’s an exciting premise. DKB does offer some level of “green banking” but Tomorrow Bank is clearly the “bank-with-a-mission“on that front. It’s a B-Corp company after all.

The banking experience matches the leaders on the market but payment with the card is funding climate-related projects around the world. You can read exactly how they do that in this Tomorrow Bank review.


  • Each payment with the card funds projects contributing to climate protection.
  • Service & customer support available in German or English.
  • Free standard account comes with free ATM withdrawals in Germany or in the Eurozone

Reasons you might want to pass on Tomorrow Bank

  • Even if the experience matches the competitors, the amount of features still relatively low.

The best bank account in Germany, if German is not an issue

If German is not a problem for you, you should definitely consider DKB. It offers the same advantages as N26 and the same easy process to open the account online and even surpasses it by providing a true free credit card as well. It also puts your money to good use in sustainable projects. However, they do not not support English as a communication language and it can be tricky for newcomers to open an account.

You can read a full-length review of DKB’s Cash account here.

DKB has been rated consistently as one of the top online banks in Germany for many years. If German is not an issue, it is a strong option to open a German bank account online. It could also be your next bank, after you have mastered the language a little bit.

German bank account for freelancers

If you are currently self-employed and you are looking for a separate bank account to manage all your business related expenses and income, you might be surprised by how costly it is to manage and extra bank account for this. Some banks make you pay a premium or will bill you depending on the movements on the said account.

Some banks are also simply refusing to open another account for you because your income is too low, or if your SCHUFA score doesn’t fit.

However know this: as a freelancer in Germany, you are not legally obligated to hold a separate bank account for your business-related transactions. You can use your private one. However, it still might be a good idea to keep your precious savings safe.

Kontist might be the best bank for freelancers in Germany for those reasons:

  • Features of the account blend banking & book keeping perfectly, which might save you the costs of another app.
  • It also offers tax advisors on demand if you have questions.
  • It saves the taxes you owe to the Finanzamt in a separate subaccount.
  • Service & customer support is available100% in English
  • Opening an account takes only a few minutes via the app. No SCHUFA required.

Reasons why you might want to pass on Kontist:

  • Free plan lacks too many features, 9€/month plan is much better.
  • Kontist shows its youth: some banking features are lacking.

Full review of Kontist available here, where I highlight all benefits & drawbacks, as well as real customer reviews.

Options we can’t recommend

  • Revolut: It’s a great service in it-self, particularly relevant for frequent travelers & digital nomads. However, we cannot recommend it because it doesn’t provide you with a German IBAN number. This is a problem because you will need that to pay most of your bills or even receive your salary in some cases. Foreign IBAN numbers are often not supported here.
  • Sparkasse, Commerzbank & Volksbank: Those brick-and-mortar options don’t support English very well and/or they have a lot of small fees attached.
  • Comdirect, ING & 1882direkt: All these options are competitive online services, almost on par with DKB, but they simply cost more.
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Banking options in Germany for non-residents

If you need a banking service WITH a German IBAN before you arrive in Germany, you can turn to banks that don’t require a proof of city registration (Anmeldung/Meldebescheinigung). Those banks are N26, Bunq or Tomorrow. However keep in mind that you do need to be able to verify your identity in-app AND that you need to have a German address to receive your documents cards.

If you are mostly worried about fees and don’t care too much about having a German IBAN, you could simply use Wise’s banking option, which will suit most newcomers in the beginning. It’s a great low-fee multi-currency account.

How to open a bank account in Germany

When you have picked the best option for your needs, this is how it usually happens:

  1. Provide your ID document (passport or ID card) for identity verification via app or via PostIdent.
  2. Optionally, provide your residence certificate (Meldebescheinigung) and your residence permit too.
  3. Close the contract online to effectively open your account.
  4. Receive documents & cards at home within a few days.
  5. Activate your cards to start using them. You might also need to transfer funds onto your new account to activate payment functionality.

This process might look a bit different if you are choosing a brick-and-mortar option or if you are opening a bank account from abroad. In this case, you might have to visit a branch or have your identity verified by a notary for example.

How to transfermoney to yournew account

We all have been there; we sometimes need to pay something big like adeposit ona flat or your simply need to prove you have the means to stay in Germany to obtain your visa. Since there isn’t much money yet on the new German bank account, you might want to transfer some of your savings there to pay for those things. Depending on your bank at home, they might charge you up to 5% of the said amount to make that transfer from another currency. So e.g, on a $3000 transfer, you might pay up to $150just to move money around!

If that’s true for you, you might want to use serviceslike Wise (formerly Transferwise)which thanks to its unique system, allows you to transfer money in other currencieswith a very reduced fee. It has no hidden fees like most of banks have!

For a more information, you can also check this detailed guide on finding the right way to transfer money to Germany.

Banking in Germany – General knowledge

About ATM fees

In Germany

Traditional banks in Germany are not really playing fair between them and won’t let customers from others banks withdraw cash without a fee. This fee can be anywhere between 3€ to 5€. That would not be a problem for all digital banks like N26. Sparkasse is usually considered to have the best network of ATMs that are well distributed through out Germany’s cities.

Deutsche Bank, Postbank & Commerzbank are organized into what is called the “cash group“. Any customer of a cash group bank with a German bank account can withdraw money at any ATM within the group for free.

Opening a bank account a Germany will also let you use smaller “independent” ATMs outside of bank branches. These are placed where banks are not good at placing cash points. Fees can reach 8€ euros however, so beware. Owning a credit card can solve that trouble for you, especially if you go with online banks, which have agreementsto waive the fee.

A lesser know cash point solution too: supermarkets. Some supermarkets like Penny or Rewe will also let you withdraw money for free on top of your normal groceries’ bill. N26 also uses this to let its customers withdraw money for free, as many times as they want.


German banks are usually reasonable on fees when withdrawing money abroad but they might charge a high conversion rate to compensate. Staying in the E.U zone also limits fees. Banks like DKB or N26 don’t charge anything at all when using credit cards at cash points.

About credit cards

Credit cards are not as ubiquitous as they can be in other countries. Banks don’t provide them by default to their customers. You’d need to request one, as long as your credit record is good enough. Banks charge a yearly fee usually. The vast majority of people in Germany only use debit cards. It’s not really part of everyday life.

You can find out in this guide about credit cards in Germany if you need one, and which providers to consider.


Common banking fees across German banks

Comparing banking fees are a good way to make a decision beyond the simple flagship offer they might display everywhere. Banking fees are usually called “Kontoführungsgebühren” (Account management fee) and look like this for most banks:

  • Grundpreis – basic fee: Monthly fee for having a bank account in the first place. Yes, this still exists in a fully automated 21st century bank.
  • Dispokredit – Overdraft: that’s when you withdraw more money than you have, up to certain contractual limit. It’s usually costing 7% to 11%.
  • Uberziehung – also overdraft but not limited by any conditions.
    Here is a quick table to for a quick overview.
  • Bareinzahlung – cash deposit: that’s when you want to deposit cash into your account.
  • Kontoauszüge: German banks are legally required to send you a monthly account statement, giving you an overview of movements on the account. Also it’s mostly free if you decide to receive in a digital format, most banks will bill you the luxury of receiving by post.

Other kinds of bank accounts in Germany & key terms :

Although this post is about the standard Girokonto, which most people need when they first arrive in Germany, there are of course other types of account. Here is a quick overview with other key terms:

  • Girokonto: this is the everyday German current bank account.
  • Sparbuchkonto : Savings accounts. This is money you lock away for a long time in exchange for interesting rates.
  • Sperrkonto : Blocked account for Germany. Typically used to allow foreigners to acquire visas, mostly for students visa. This is to prove they have sufficient means to stay in Germany. Follow the link for a detailed overview and comparison of providers as well.
  • Mietkautionskonto – Mietkaution Sparkonto: Deposit for your apartment. In case you can’t give your landlord the full amount, the bank provides deposit money that you repay with an interest. It can be relevant for international students.
  • Disposition Kredit (DispoKredit) : The overdraft limityou are allowed. As with any banks, this comes at a cost, generally depending on your monthly earnings.
  • Zinsen : Interest rates
  • Überweisung : Money transfer
  • Bargeld : cash

Opening your German bank account : your choice will make a difference

Sooner or later, you need topay your rent and put your wage moneysomewhere (Ka-ching!), so you have to make a choice. What you need is a “Girokonto”, a current/checking account where your expenses andearnings go into. That’s the standard account.

However, opening a bank account in Germany with one of the traditional big banks usually requires to go in an agency and talk to a reluctant employee because they don’t want to/are not allowed to speak English. It is stressful and sometimes, you just don’t have time when you need to figure out accommodation or a job at the same time.

Bank account Germany – FAQ

Can I open a German bank account if I don’t live in Germany?

Yes, most of the banks introduced in this post allow non-residents to open an account with them. However, it might be a little bit harder depending on your current location & citizenship. This is mostly due to how those banks check identity remotely, in order to comply with German law. An extra step or two might be required, but it’s definitely possible.

Can I open a bank account in Germany without the Anmeldung?

Yes, a lot of the banks we talked about in this post do not require to see your city registration certificate to open a an account. You will however still need a local German address to receive your cards and/or documents. If you stay somewhere temporarily, make sure to add your name on the mailbox. You can add “C/O” for that: “Your name, c/o your friend’s name, Beispielstraße 12, 53174 Bonn”.

Which German bank is the best?

Although the true answer to this would be “it depends”, N26 remains the best option for most people as a first bank account in Germany. It provides the best balance between fees, features & banking experience. You can however use the guide in this post to decide which German bank is best for your needs.

Can I open a bank account online?

Opening a bank account online in Germany has very much become the norm. For this, you will need to verify your identity via camera (in-app) or via a post office counter (PostIdent). In-app identity verification can be restricted for some documents/citizenships, but you can always use PostIdent as a fall-back option.

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Can I open a German bank account for free?

Yes, most of the options presented in this post allow you to open a bank account with no monthly fees attached. This is a good way to get started with no strings attached. However, it does sometimes make sense to go for a paid/premium option to get relevant benefits depending on your profile (e.g traveler benefits).

Can I have multiple bank accounts in Germany?

There is no theoretical limit to owning multiple bank accounts in Germany. There is however a practical one. Having multiple accounts can hurt your credit score in Germany (SCHUFA score). You can read more about what your SCHUFA score is in this post.

Can I open a bank account without a SCHUFA?

Yes, most banks listed in this article will accept you as a client, even if you don’t have a SCHUFA record in Germany. There are only a few exceptions.

What is PostIdent in Germany?

PostIdent is a identification verification service provided by the German post services. A local post branch can verify your identify on behalf of the bank requiring verification. This is done by providing a reference number/code (from your bank) as well as your ID document. This service supports almost all forms of identification. It’s a great alternative if you cannot be verified in-app/via webcam. The service is free for you.

I hope this overview helped you find the best digital bank account in Germany for your needs. Don’t hesitate to leave your questions, comments or suggestions in the comment! 🙂

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Which bank is best in Germany for foreigners? ›


For the third year in a row, it was voted the best branch bank in 2020. It is a private bank and part of the Cash Group (Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, HypoVereinsbank & Postbank). In the past years, Commerzbank has invested heavily to keep up with current trends and to also appeal to foreigners.

Can an American open a German bank account? ›

Yes, foreigners can open German bank accounts. However, you'll often be asked for a German proof of address, or at the very least an address from another Eurozone or EEA country. If you're still based in the US a flexible multi-currency account from a specialist provider like Wise or Revolut may be a better option.

How do you choose a bank that's right for you? ›

8 steps to choose a new bank
  1. Identify the right account. ...
  2. Look for banks that charge low or no fees. ...
  3. Consider the convenience of a bank branch. ...
  4. Take a look at credit unions. ...
  5. Find a bank that supports your lifestyle. ...
  6. Examine digital features. ...
  7. Understand the terms and conditions. ...
  8. Read reviews for banks you're considering.
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Which is the safest bank in Germany? ›

The best bank in Europe is KfW in Germany, which was voted number one in the list of the 50 safest banks in Europe 2023.

Are there any American banks in Germany? ›

us bank Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany.

What is the best German bank for Americans? ›

If you speak German, look at DKB and ING. People often recommend them. If no banks accept your passport, try Deutsche Bank. Online banks like bunq, Monese, Revolut and Wise also accept more passport types.

Which is the No 1 bank in Germany? ›

Deutsche Bank AG is the 1st largest bank in Germany in terms of total assets. In 2021 its total assets were 1 020,11 bln EUR, providing the bank with the market share of 12.77%. In 2021 the bank's net income was 1 919,00 mln EUR. Deutsche Bank AG is rated by Fitch, Moody's.

Which bank is best for expats? ›

Here are the best banks for digital nomads and expats in 2023:
  • Revolut — Best overall digital nomad bank account.
  • Wise — Best multi-currency account for digital nomads.
  • N26 — Best fully-licensed neobank in Europe.
  • Chime — Best fee-free ATM access for Americans.
  • Starling Bank — Best international UK bank account.

What states have German American banks? ›

German American is a very strong financial services provider in southern Indiana and Kentucky, specializing in banking, insurance, investments and wealth management for business and retail customers.

Does Germany accept American debit cards? ›

Debit cards from any major US bank will work in any standard European bank's ATM (ideally, use a debit card with a Visa or MasterCard logo). As for credit cards, Visa and MasterCard are universal, American Express is less common, and Discover is unknown in Europe. Check your cards' expiration dates.

Can I have a bank account in Germany without living there? ›

For those without proof of residence in Germany, we recommend banks like N26, Bunq, or Monese, which don't require it for registration.

What is the easiest bank to get approved for? ›

The easiest banks to get a personal loan from are USAA and Wells Fargo. USAA does not disclose a minimum credit score requirement, but their website indicates that they consider people with scores below the fair credit range (below 640). So even people with bad credit may be able to qualify.

Can you negotiate with banks? ›

Contrary to conventional wisdom, lenders are often willing to negotiate with customers who want to lower their interest rates, develop payment plans or pursue other arrangements to better manage their debt.

Do I need a German bank account in Germany? ›

You need a German bank account (Girokonto; current account) if you want to live in Germany for a longer period of time, for example, to rent a flat and to have your salary deposited.

How many bank accounts should I have Germany? ›

Three current accounts at three different banks is the basic requirement for a business person in Germany. As an entrepreneur you should open the following accounts: A business current account/Girokonto at a Sparkasse, A second business Girokonto at a second bank.

Is German American a good bank? ›

With a score of 3.9 stars out of 5, German American Bancorp should be near the middle of the pack in your search for a bank.

What US banks are international banks? ›

In this article, we've rounded up some of the best international banks in the US that are great options for international travel.
  • Citibank. ...
  • HSBC. ...
  • Capital One. ...
  • Charles Schwab Bank. ...
  • First Republic Bank. ...
  • Bank of America. ...
  • Citibank. ...
  • HSBC.

Does Bank of America have a partner bank in Germany? ›

Other fees, such as an international transaction or foreign currency fee, may still apply for some account holders. Participating banks are located around the globe.
Bank of America account holders.
Coverage AreaGlobal ATM Alliance Bank
ItalyBNL d'Italia
LuxembourgBGL BNP Paribas
Germany, SpainDeutsche Bank
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Is there a Chase branch in Germany? ›

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Frankfurt Branch (Germany) - Bank Profile.

Can I deposit an American check in a German bank? ›

Avoid Trying to Cash a US Personal Check in Germany

The German banking system is simply not geared to deal with a check drawn on a US bank. Even if you have a German friend with a German bank account, it can be a very complicated process. Even a certified bank draft or cashier's check can be problematic.

Is Deutsche Bank a Tier 1 bank? ›

The ECB has also set new minimum requirements for other capital definitions. 2023 requirements of 12.56% are set for Deutsche Bank's Tier 1 capital ratio (vs. 12.41% per 30 September 2022) and 15.23% for the Total capital ratio (vs. 15.03% per 30 September 2022).

How do I transfer money from US bank to German bank? ›

Some of the best money transfer companies to send money from Germany to USA
  1. Fee free online transfers: OFX.
  2. Best for exchange rates, expats or family: Wise.
  3. Better rates for larger transfers: XE Money Transfers.
  4. Ideal for small remittances: WorldRemit.

Which is better HSBC or Deutsche Bank? ›

HSBC had 563 more reviews than Deutsche Bank that mentioned "Good working environment" as a Pro. HSBC had 258 more reviews than Deutsche Bank that mentioned "Long working hours" as a Con. Extremely well structured in terms of business deliverable, projected strategy implementation and improvements.

Is N26 a safe bank? ›

N26 operates with a full European banking license, which protects deposits up to €100,000, as directed under EU law. With 3D Secure and Mastercard Identity Check, as well as fingerprint and face recognition, your online payments are even better protected.

What is the name of the most popular bank in Germany? ›


As per the last report of 2021, Deutsche Bank has acquired total assets of €1.324 trillion. The headquarters of Deutsche Bank is in Frankfurt. It was established in 1869, almost 152 years ago, and has employed around 82,969 employees (2021). In 2016, it reported a loss of €1.356 billion.

What is the safest international bank? ›

World's safest banks
2Zürcher KantonalbankSwitzerland
3Landwirtschaftliche RentenbankGermany
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How do I maintain my US address while living abroad? ›

Overseas Mail Forwarding Services

The most convenient way to maintain a functional U.S. address while living abroad is to use a virtual mailbox service that you can activate online. This service scans, holds, and offers mail forwarding services for a few dollars per month.

Can I keep my US bank account while living abroad? ›

All you have to do to keep it intact is to have the address on the account changed to a relative or friend's address in America and have your statements sent to you online.

Which U.S. Bank has most international branches? ›


Citigroup is a global financial services corporation. Its retail banking division has about 673 locations in the U.S. and more than 1,800 branches outside of the country. U.S. customers can also access more than 65,000 fee-free ATMs.

What country owns Bank of America? ›

Bank of America, in full Bank of America Corporation, one of the largest banking and financial services brands and corporations in the United States. It was formed through NationsBank's acquisition of BankAmerica in 1998. Bank of America is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

How do I use Zelle in Germany? ›

No, Zelle® can only be used to send funds to someone who has a bank account in the United States. However, you can visit a local U.S. Bank branch to send money via wire transfer to an international recipient.

Is it better to get euros or use debit card? ›

Advantages of an overseas card

The main advantage of using a debit or credit card overseas is that you won't pay foreign transaction fees every time you spend. While many also won't charge fees for cash withdrawals, you will still usually be charged interest from the date of the transaction if you use a credit card.

Should I get euros before going to Germany? ›

Resist the urge to buy foreign currency before your trip.

Some tourists feel like they just have to have euros or British pounds in their pockets when they step off the airplane, but they pay the price in bad stateside exchange rates. Wait until you arrive to withdraw money.

How much cash can I carry to Germany? ›

Cash sums totalling 10,000 or more euros on trips to and from Germany must be declared to the customs authorities. This applies to both cash and equivalent means of payment.

Does Germany monitor bank accounts? ›

It is a fact that credit institutions in Germany commit themselves under civil law not to disclose customer-related data to third parties. Nevertheless, in some cases banks must disclose their customers' account data to the investigating authorities.

Can I keep my German bank account if I move abroad? ›

Many expats prefer to keep their German banking account(s) even after they have left the country. In any event, it's a good idea to keep your account at least for several months after you leave, in order to pay last-minute expenses and take care of other financial matters.

Do I need a tax ID to open a bank account Germany? ›

To apply for a bank account in Germany, you need the following documents: Your ID card or passport. Proof of address registration or Meldebescheinigung (a registration certificate you must get within 14 days of living at your new address in Germany) German tax ID number.

What bank do most millionaires use? ›

These 10 checking accounts are designed with the wealthy in mind and are intended for banking clients who desire convenient access to cash with premium benefits.
  • Morgan Stanley CashPlus. ...
  • TD Bank Private Banking. ...
  • Truist Wealth Checking. ...
  • PNC Private Bank Checking. ...
  • BNY Mellon Cash Management Access Account. ...
  • Chase Private Client.

Is Deutsche Bank prestigious? ›

Deutsche Bank AG

It's part of the elite investment banking bulge bracket and has a long track record of working on the world's most transformative deals.

Which US banks are too big to fail? ›

Examples of 'Too Big to Fail' Companies
  • Bank of America Corp.
  • The Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
  • Citigroup Inc.
  • The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Morgan Stanley.
  • State Street Corp.
  • Wells Fargo & Co.

Which bank is most trustworthy? ›

The Lifestory Research 2022 America's Most Trusted® Bank Study found Chase the most trusted bank. The America's Most Trusted® Study is a large-scale survey of consumers in the United States that seeks to identify the brands that people trust the most within their respective industries.

What credit score do most banks look at? ›

FICO ® Scores are the most widely used credit scores—90% of top lenders use FICO ® Scores. Every year, lenders access billions of FICO ® Scores to help them understand people's credit risk and make better–informed lending decisions.

Do banks pull credit to open an account? ›

Banks don't look at your credit score when you open a checking and/or savings account, but they may screen your banking history.

When should I not negotiate? ›

You don't have to negotiate something which has little or no value. Lose more than you gain – This boils down to figuring out what the costs are going to mean to you, at the end of it all. If getting involved with talks is sure to cost you more by becoming involved, then avoid them.

Do banks want your money? ›

In short, banks don't take the money that you deposit, turn around and loan it at a higher interest rate. But they do use the money you deposit to balance their books and meet the necessary cash reserves that make those loans possible.

Does choosing a bank matter? ›

Choosing a financial institution to look after your money is one of the most important financial decisions you can make. Different banks offer widely different levels of service, charge different levels of fees, and will pay you significantly different amounts of interest on your money.

Can I open a bank account in Germany as a foreigner? ›

Although it is theoretically possible for anyone to open a business account with any bank, non-German citizens who don't reside in Germany can usually only open accounts with so-called direct banks (Direktbanken).

Which bank is best to open a bank account in Germany? ›

However, if you are interested in some of the more 'German' banking options, here are some popular choices:
  • DKB – Deutsche Kredit Bank. Amongst German speakers, DKB is a popular choice of bank. ...
  • ING.
  • Sparkasse.
  • Comdirect.
  • Postbank.

Which bank allows foreigners to open a bank account? ›

These banks require a social security number, which non-citizens don't have. This is the most common problem that foreigners realize. However, larger banks such as US Bank, TD Bank, Bank of America, Chase, and Wells Fargo will allow non-residents to set up a checking account and a savings account.

Which bank is best in Germany for English speakers? ›

Commerzbank: The #1 rated bank in Germany year after year (has physical branch locations & a mobile app) Revolut: The best bank for budget-friendly English speakers who love analytics and cryptocurrencies.

Do you need a German address to open a bank account? ›

Standard current accounts are generally only available to German residents. You typically need to have a permanent address in Germany to open an account. Many online-only and mobile-only German banks also offer accounts to those living overseas.

What is the minimum balance in Deutsche Bank? ›

Easy balance requirement

With Value-Plus Savings Account you have the freedom to either maintain a minimum Average Quarterly Balance (AQB*) of Rs. 1 lakh in Savings Account or a minimum Assets Under Management (AUM**) of Rs. 1.5 lakh enjoy the various privileges of a Value-Plus Savings Account.

Which bank is good for international account? ›

Here are our favorite banks for international travel. Charles Schwab Bank: Best for using ATMs. Capital One 360: Best on foreign transaction fees. HSBC Bank: Best for expats with high balances.

Can US citizen have foreign bank account? ›

And, while it is absolutely legal to own a foreign bank account, there are some additional reporting and tax requirements that US persons should be aware of so that they can remain in IRS tax and reporting compliance and avoid unnecessary fines and penalties.

Can a US citizen living abroad open a bank account? ›

ACA teamed up with the State Department Federal Credit Union (SDFCU) to help provide accounts for Americans residing abroad. This is the same account used by US citizens working at US embassies as well as many other people living around the world. You can reside full-time or part-time abroad and still qualify.

Why is Wells Fargo closing foreign accounts? ›

The primary rationale is likely a combination of increased U.S. regulation of financial institutions and a perceived compliance risk that U.S. banks have about operating in certain foreign countries. Laws such as the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) have brought increased scrutiny to this area.


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