Here's why I think setting up a second bank account, both personally and for business, with a completely different bank is a wise decision:
Just as investors are advised to diversify their portfolios, banking customers can benefit from spreading their funds across multiple institutions. This reduces the risk associated with any single bank facing operational or financial challenges. Remember, while larger banks may seem invincible, no institution is immune to market fluctuations or unforeseen crises.
Faster Access to Funds:
In the event of a bank's system outage or other disruptions, having a second account ensures that you can still access funds without delay. This is especially crucial for businesses that may have payroll or other time-sensitive financial obligations.
Enhanced Financial Flexibility:
Different banks offer varied financial products, interest rates, and benefits. By having accounts with multiple banks, you can take advantage of the best offerings from each, optimising your financial returns.
While regulatory bodies ensure a certain degree of protection for depositors, there's often a cap on the amount covered. By distributing your funds across two banks, you can potentially benefit from double the protection.
Streamlined Financial Management:
For businesses, having a secondary account can simplify financial processes. For instance, one account can be dedicated to operational expenses, while the other handles investments or savings. This clear demarcation can aid in more efficient financial tracking and reporting.
Building Stronger Banking Relationships:
Engaging with two banks allows you to build relationships with multiple financial advisors and managers. This can open doors to personalised advice, better loan terms, and other exclusive benefits.
Life is unpredictable. Whether it's a natural disaster, a cyber-attack, or a financial downturn, having a second account acts as a safety net, ensuring you're prepared for any eventuality.
While trusting a single bank might seem convenient, I believe the benefits of diversifying your banking relationships far outweigh the minor inconvenience of managing multiple accounts.
Whether you're safeguarding your personal savings or ensuring your business's financial stability, a second bank account is a proactive step towards a secure financial future.
Remember, it's not about distrusting your primary bank; it's about covering all bases to ensure peace of mind.
Until next time ...
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Alison loves bookkeeping and supporting bookkeepers. She has been helping clients to be better bookkeepers in Sage 50 for over 24 years and has been Xero Accredited in accounts and payroll for a number of years too.
She specialises in a very unique hand-holding method of training, helping bookkeepers and business owners to use their accounts software as and when they need support in setting up and producing their invoices, reports and financial information.
Alison combines her role at Silicon Bullet with her Forever Living network marketing businesses and is often to be seen at business networking meetings as she likes to keep busy.
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