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Tap into the benefits of understanding more about the banking system and how it relates to your needs. Learn how much cash you can withdraw from the bank at anyone time. What is a routing number located on your checks and how can it be used? How many banks are in the United States and which ones are the largest?  For individual questions about banking, contact Alex, our expert banker, at:

Question: How much cash will the bank allow me to withdrawal at one time?  – Ben from Berkeley, California.

Answer: There isn’t a set limit on how much money the bank will allow you to withdrawal.  The branch staff will make the determination based on several factors.  This includes the amount of money in their vault, how much cash is typically given out during the week, the customer’s relationship, and if there are any risk and/or safety concerns.  Branches don’t typically have much cash on hand.   This is to deter robberies from occurring.  The bank will establish limits on how much cash its branches can keep.  For large withdrawal requests, the branch might have to specially order the cash from the Federal Reserve.

Question: What is a routing number?  – Carlos from Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Answer: An ABA routing number is used in the United States to identify a specific financial institution.  It is nine digits long and can be located at the bottom of a check.   Routing numbers are used by customers to order checks, set up direct deposit, pay bills electronically and to send and receive wire transfers.  Large national banks can have several routing numbers based on where the account is located or the type of transaction being processed.  On the other hand, small banks and credit unions typically have one routing number.

Question: How many banks are there and what are the largest?  – Victoria from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Answer:  The numbers vary depending on who you ask and what are the qualifiers.  As of March 2020, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insured 5,116 commercial banks and savings institutions in the United States.  The largest U.S. banks, based on assets for 2020, are JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo.   The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) reported that as of December 31, 2019 they insured 5,236 credit unions in the United States.  The largest U.S. credit unions, based on assets for 2020, are Navy Federal Credit Union, State Employees’ Credit Union, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Boeing Employees Credit Union and SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union.

Written by: Alex Sanchez, Branch Manager

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Alex is starting his 17th year in the banking industry.  He has worked for such notable banks as Bank of America, US Bank, and Chase.  Alex has his bachelor’s degree in Business Economic from the University of California Riverside.