Virtual bank

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Virtual Bank

A bank that offers services predominately or exclusively over the Internet. A virtual bank offers normal banking services, including access to one's checking and savings accounts and personal and business loans. Even non-virtual banks almost always offer virtual banking services.

Virtual bank.

A virtual bank offers of some or all the same types of accounts and services that traditional bricks-and-mortar banks do, but virtual banks exist only online. They typically charge lower fees and pay higher interest because of low overhead.

Virtual bank transactions can be checked in real time, as they happen, rather than at the end of the banking day or the end of the month -- though those services may also be available through the online branches of traditional banks.

Virtual banks don't have branches or own ATM machines, so you make deposits electronically or by mail. Your virtual bank may reimburse your ATM fees for using other banks' machines. However, there may be a limit to the number of transactions a virtual bank will cover each month.

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