There is an important point about choosing the bank that you are most comfortable with in opening your new tax free savings account which I heard about today. Generally speaking, like most people I am looking for a bank that will provide the best interest rate and other factors to make sure that I am getting the best return.
As a result, like most people I am susceptible to those flashy ads that some banks are using which indicate that they are offering a very high interest rate. However, it is important to keep in mind that in the fine print most of the banks say that its rates can change at anytime. Example, you could have signed up with a rate that looked like the highest of all the banks only to see it drop in the near future.
Then, you might be thinking that it is better to transfer your money to a different bank. While reading some banking fees though, such as for TD Waterhouse’s TFSA plan, they have an insanely high “$125 for a termination/transfer fee”. Essentially, you could almost be making nothing if you decided to transfer as a result of that fee.
Because of this, it is very important to make sure that the bank you are going to sign up with doesn’t have a history of dropping rates once they feel that they have acquired enough accounts. Don’t just rely on what interest rate they are wiling to offer you now.