Proximity to a branch was once a key consideration when people went looking for a new bank, but geography is now becoming increasingly irrelevant.

Today, banks use the Internet to market their products to anyone; high-yield savings accounts are especially popular, and few people who sign up for these products online know, or even care, where the banks offering them are based. Remote capture, one of the most popular check-imaging applications, not only speeds up the availability of funds, it's given customers one less reason to make a trip to the bank.

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