What is a 'Call Deposit Account'

A call deposit account is a bank account for investment funds that offers the advantages of both a savings and a checking account. Like a checking account, a call deposit account has no fixed deposit period, provides instant access to funds and allows unlimited withdrawals and deposits. The call deposit also provides the benefits of a savings account through the accrual of interest.

BREAKING DOWN 'Call Deposit Account'

Call deposit accounts provide the benefits of an interest bearing account without the risk of withdrawal penalties. The rate of interest a call deposit account pays depends on the amount of money in the account, a system commonly referred to as banded interest rates. Depositors may have to meet a minimum balance threshold before they earn any interest, and different currencies may earn at different interest rates.

Call Deposit Account Functions and Features

Along with higher interest rates and a guaranteed level of liquidity, call deposit accounts can be accessed at any time based on the availability of online, mobile or phone banking as well as ATM access. Remote check deposits or direct deposit may be available depending on the precise services offered by the institution.

Most withdrawals from call deposit accounts do not require prior notice unless they are over a certain amount. Based on the amount of funds an institution must maintain as a reserve, advance notice may be required for large cash withdrawals. Additionally, institutions may have daily withdrawal limits designed to lower the risk of losses in the case of identity theft. Transactions above the amount as stipulated by the institution may require advance notice, though this provision applies to traditional checking and savings accounts as well.

Regulation D

Regulation D, a regulation in place at the federal level, provides restrictions on the number of withdrawals that can be made from interest-bearing accounts, such as high interest savings accounts and money market accounts, generally placing the limit at six withdrawals per month. Call deposit accounts are not subjected to these limits, leading to higher levels of liquidity. This does mean that a traditional high yield savings account may offer a higher interest rate at the cost of liquidity.

International Currency Withdrawals

Additionally, call deposit accounts allow investors to deposit and withdraw funds in several currencies, which commonly include the U.S. dollar, the euro and the British pound. This flexibility reduces investors' exposure to foreign exchange expenses and currency risk. Call deposit accounts often have minimum deposit requirements to establish an account and may have minimum daily balance requirements.

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