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DETAILSINSTITUTIONAPYMINMAXPRODUCT
Community Financial Svcs Bank3.05%-$20kKasasa Cash
Community Financial Svcs Bank1.00%-$30kKasasa Saver
Community Financial Svcs Bank0.10%--Kasasa Cash
Community Financial Svcs Bank0.10%--Kasasa Saver
Accounts mentioned in this post. Rates as of April 17, 2014

New Kasasa Cash and Saver Accounts with Top Rates at CFSB

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Community Financial Svcs Bank

It has been awhile since I reviewed a new reward checking account. Most new reward checking accounts haven't been worthy of a blog post due to their disappointing low rates and/or balance caps. This one at Community Financial Services Bank (CFSB) is good enough to make it worthy of a blog post. CFSB's reward checking account isn't really a new account. We have been tracking its rates since 2010. However, the reward checking account name has recently changed from free eRewards Checking account to Kasasa Cash. The bank has also added a linked savings account called Kasasa Saver. Thanks to DA member Pearlbrown who first described this change in this forum thread. Below is a summary of the features of these Kasasa accounts as of 3/14/2013:

Kasasa Cash rates and features if certain monthly requirements are met:

  • 3.05% APY on balances up to $20,000
  • 0.50% rate on the portion of the balance over $20,000
  • 0.10% APY if requirements aren't met
  • Nationwide ATM fee refunds (up to $25)

Kasasa Saver rates if certain monthly requirements are met:

  • 1.00% APY on balances up to $30,000
  • 0.50% rate on portion of balance over $30,000
  • 0.10% APY if requirements aren't met

Monthly requirements:

  • 12 debit card purchases
  • 1 direct deposit or bill pay
  • enrolled and log into Online Banking
  • enrolled and review e-Statement notice

Both Kasasa accounts are free with no monthly service fees even if the above requirements are not met.

Availability

The bank has an online application for both Kasasa accounts. The application didn't provide any details about who is eligible to open accounts. So I emailed the bank yesterday. I was told that their demographic restrictions only allow them to open accounts online for customers living in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. Last year the bank used to allow anyone in the nation to apply. So it's possible that the bank will further restrict who can apply. If you hear about new restrictions, please leave a comment.

Bank Overview

The bank's headquarters is located in Benton, Kentucky. It has six branches in and around Benton.

It's not a small bank with $610 million in assets and 172 employees. The bank has an overall health score at DepositAccounts.com of 5 stars (out of 5) with a Texas ratio of 7.42% (excellent) based on December 2012 data. Please refer to our financial overview of CFSB for more details. The bank has been a FDIC member since 1934 (FDIC Certificate # 287).

How This Reward Checking Compares

This reward checking account is a better deal than accounts that are nationally available. The best nationally available reward checking account offers 3.25% APY for balances up to $15K. That's at Belvoir Federal Credit Union. The highest rate for a balance cap of at least $20K is 2.12% APY at ABCO Federal Credit Union. This has a $25K balance cap. These rates and balance caps are accurate as of 3/14/2013.

To find reward checking accounts in other areas of the nation, please refer to the reward checking section of DepositAccounts.com. To learn more about reward checking, please refer to this reward checking overview.

  Tags: Community Financial Svcs Bank, checking account, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri

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9 comments.
Comment #1 by 51hh posted on
51hh
I just found a flier on the 6% RCA for Danversbank several years ago; how time has changed.

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Comment #2 by 51hh posted on
51hh
Forgot to mention, the RCA is for (6%, $100K)!

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Comment #3 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Has anyone heard or joined Coastal FCU? The site shows 2.01% up to $ 50K. Requirements are 30 debit charges per month and e-statements to prevent $ 2.00 charge per month.

No direct deposit or ACH requirements.

 

It is available nationwide by joining the North Carolina Consumer Council.

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Comment #5 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
#3, how does one go about achieving 30 debits a month?

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Comment #4 by KenBDG posted on
KenBDG
@anonymous #3, thanks for the info on Coastal FCU. I reviewed Coastal FCU's Go Green Checking in this 2011 blog post. You can qualify by joining NCCC. However, the credit union also requires NCCC members to be residents of either NC, SC or VA. This is based on the credit union's online application.

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Comment #6 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Danversbank was taken over by Peoples United...promised interest not paid

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Comment #7 by Washingtonian (anonymous) posted on
Washingtonian
Advantis FCU in Oregon allows any resident Washington or Oregon to open an account. $25K max 3%

Hope FCU US citizen $5 donation to Hope. 3%

 

 

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Comment #8 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Here is the answer from CFS: 

" We are currently opening online accounts in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee. We also run a query ChexSystems for any new account applicants."

 

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Comment #9 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
There is an ACH fee of $3 (each transaction) with this account.

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Comment #10 by niniss posted on
niniss
Can anyone tell me if ACH deposit can satisfy this RCA's DIRECT DEPOSIT requirement?  TIA!

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Comment #11 by pearlbrown posted on
pearlbrown
ACH satisfies the requirement.  I have an automatic ACH set up from my hub bank to CFSB and have not had a problem.

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