financial services accessed via the Internet’s World Wide Web. An Internet bank exists only on the Internet, the global network of computer networks without any “brick and mortar” branch offices. By eliminating the overhead expenses of conventional banks, Internet banks theoretically can pay consumers higher interest rates on savings than the national average. Banks use the Internet to deliver information about financial services, replace transactions done in branch offices, which eliminates the need to build new branches, and to service customers more efficiently. Internet banking sites offer the prospect of more convenient ways to manage personal finances, and such services as paying bills on-line, finding mortgage or auto loans, applying for credit cards, and locating the nearest ATM or branch office. Some Internet banks also offer 24-hour telephone support, so customers can discuss their needs with bank service representatives directly.
Dictionary of Banking Terms for: internet banking