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Rockford Bank and Trust Company1.25%-$20kU-Account
Accounts mentioned in this post. Rates as of August 22, 2014

High-Yield Reward Checking Account at Rockford Bank & Trust in IL - Local Only


Rockford Bank & Trust is another Illinois bank that's offering a high-yield reward checking account. It's called the U Account, and it's offering the following rates and features if certain monthly requirements are met (as of 7/12/10):

  • 4.00% APY on balances up to $25,000
  • 1.00% APY on portion of balance over $25,000
  • Refund of ATM fees of up to $20/month

Monthly requirements of the account include:

  • 15 Visa Check Cards Credit transactions
  • 1 direct deposit or direct debit
  • Accept eStatements
  • Enroll in Online Banking

Additional features of this account include:

  • $100 minimum initial deposit
  • No minimum balance
  • No monthly service charge
  • First order of checks is free
  • Free Online Bill Pay

It appears that a branch visit is required to open the account. Branches are located in Rockford Illinois.

The bank's ratings for safety and soundness are a little weak: 3 stars (adequate) at BauerFinancial, 2 stars (below peer group) at and an overall health score of 4 out of 5 at (see our Rockford Bank & Trust financial overview). These ratings are based on 3/31/10 data except for Bankrate which is based on 12/31/09 data. The bank has been a FDIC member since 2005 (FDIC Certificate # 57927).

Other High-Yield Reward Checking Accounts

Rockford Bank & Trust's debit card usage requirement of 15 per month is a little higher than average. However, the average does seem to be rising. In the past the 10-per-month requirement was the most common, but now requirements of 12-per-month and 15-per-month are becoming more typical.

Please refer to the reward checking section of to find reward checking accounts in your state or that are available nationwide.

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Comment #2 by pearlbrown posted on
The account is now paying 3.25% on a $20k cap but it is still a good deal.  The requirements are unchanged.