What is the minimum balance needed for a checking account?

== == Most of the major banks require a minimum balance to keep open. While some smaller banks and credit unions let this rule slide to keep customers, Financial collapse of September 2008 has forced most banks to moving back to a minimum balance rule. The amount of the minimum balance often varies depending on the bank and the type of account. Savings accounts? Many savings accounts do require minimum balances. Typically as long as you keep the minimum balance in your account, they will not charge you a fee. Many banks offer accounts with no minimum balance or a very low minimum balance.