Accounts can be opened online or by mail. According to the online application, you can fund accounts by mailing a check, wire transfer or a transfer from another ICB account. The wire transfer fees are $12 for incoming and $25 for outgoing. (see schedule of fees & charges).
There's also has been a slight bump to the top yield of the iMoney Market Checking. The top yield increased from 3.65% to 3.75% APY. This requires a minimum balance of $100K. The yield for the lowest tier remains at 3.00% APY for balances between $2.5K and $25K.
For more details about Imperial Capital's iCDs, iMoney Market and iChecking Accounts, please refer to my July post.
Like many of the banks in California, Imperial Capital has been hurt by the mortgage crisis. The San Diego's Union Tribune reported last week that "Imperial Capital Bank has entered into a written agreement with federal and state banking regulators to fix several potential trouble spots found in a recent examination, including reducing its exposure to some types of loans." As I recommend with any bank, make sure you stay under the FDIC limits. Imperial Capital has been FDIC insured since 1985 (FDIC Certificate # 26348)