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I first reviewed Ouachita Independent Bank’s reward checking account over six years ago when it was paying 6.01% for balances up to $25K. As you might expect, the rate and balance cap have fallen. However, the rate and balance cap remain competitive, and the account is still a good deal for savers who want interest rates higher than CD rates without the loss of liquidity. It’s always nice to see successful reward checking accounts with such a long history.
Since my last review, the bank has added a companion savings account...Continue Reading
Regions Bank is again advertising a checking account promotion in which you can earn $125. This is another big bank that lacks free checking so you'll have to be careful to avoid monthly fees. The offer requires a new customer open a LifeGreen Checking Account online with the promo code 125, have at least $500 in total direct deposits and at least 10 Visa check card purchases in the first 60 days. Offer is scheduled to end on 4/7/2013. The offer is listed in this Region's promotion page.
There's no mention...Continue Reading
First Financial Bank has started offering a reward checking account called Kasasa Cash. There's also a linked savings account called Kasasa Saver. Both offer very competitive interest rates, and the accounts can be opened online. Thanks to DA member 51hh who first posted on this in the forum. There is some worry that this deal may not last long, but as I show below, it's not really a hot deal compared to other reward checking accounts. So hopefully, it will last for some time.
First Financial Bank has the rates and...Continue Reading
Liberty Bank is offering a bonus of up to $125 for opening its Free Checking account online. The details along with a link to the online application are provided at this Liberty Bank promotions page. No expiration date is listed, so I emailed the bank today (8/13/2012), and I confirmed that it's still available. Below are the requirements to receive the full $125:
Regions Bank is advertising a checking account promotion in which you can earn $125. This is another big bank that lacks free checking so you'll have to be careful to avoid monthly fees. The offer requires a new customer open a LifeGreen Checking Account online with the promo code Online125Bonus, have at least $500 in total Direct Deposits and at least 10 Visa CheckCard transactions in the first 60 days. Offer is scheduled to end on 9/30/2012. The offer is listed in this Regions promotion page.
There's no mention of this...Continue Reading
United Federal Credit Union is offering a few good CD and IRA CD deals. First, there's a share certificate special with a 43-month term. Rates are based on the deposit amount: 1.60% APY for $100K, 1.50% APY for $50K and 1.35% APY for $500. The credit union's long-term premier certificates are also good deals. The best one is a 2.00% APY 5-year CD with a $100K minimum deposit. The yield is 1.90% for a $50K minimum. The special CD rates are listed in the credit union's spring share certificate special...Continue Reading
Update 6/26/2012: The promotion is now available until July 31, 2012. Also, the direct deposit now requires a $150 minimum.
The seven banking divisions of BOK Financial Corporation are offering a cash bonus for opening a new checking account. Four of the divisions are offering a $100 bonus, and the other three are offering a $50 bonus. To qualify for the bonus, the customer must either activate direct deposit OR make 10 debit card purchases ($10 minimum per transaction). The promotion is scheduled to end on May 31, 2012. Below are...Continue Reading
SunTrust Bank has a CD and IRA CD special with a competitive rate. It's a 6-year (72 month) CD with a 2.00% APY. Minimum deposit is $2,000, and the maximum opening deposit is $250,000 per CD. A new or existing checking account is required. This is a limited time special, and the rate may vary by location. This special rate and term are listed at the SunTrust CD rates page for several zip codes as of 2/28/2012.
I wasn't able to find an account disclosure online, so I used SunTrust's online...Continue Reading
Air Force Federal Credit Union did something that's not common these days. It made some large rate increases on its share certificates. Its long-term CDs and IRA CDs are now competitive. The best ones include a 2.75% APY 7-year CD, 2.20% APY 5-year CD and a 1.60% APY 3-year CD. Minimum deposit is $100,000. For the 7-year and 5-year CDs, rates are 5 basis points lower for a $2,500 minimum deposit. These rates are listed in the credit union's rates page as of 1/19/2012.
The credit union's early withdrawal penalty is...
With all the news of Bank of America's new debit card fee, many people have decided to switch to credit unions and community banks. Those looking for a community bank or credit union should consider a reward checking account. The vast majority of reward checking accounts are free checking accounts that give customers an option to recieve a high interest rate and refunds of ATM fees. These extra perks typically have monthly requirements which always include debit card usage. You can see my overview of reward checking in my post...Continue Reading
Liberty Bank is offering a free reward checking account called High-Interest Checking. It has the following rates if certain monthly requirements are met (as of 8/22/2011):
The monthly requirements include:
Minimum opening deposit is $25. There is no minimum balance requirement or monthly service charges.
I don't see any mention about ATM fee reimbursements. However, in the bank's...
Yesterday I reviewed the top online CD rates at Focus Bank. The bank also offers a reward checking and savings account. The reward checking is called MAXimum Free Checking. I first reviewed this account in 2007 when the top rate was 6.01% APY. The rate has fallen, but it remains competitive with a 3.01% APY for up to $25K as of 6/14/2011. Balances over $25K earn 0.51% APY. The monthly requirements include 10 debit card purchases, online access and e-statements. I have more details in my Focus Bank reward checking...Continue Reading