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More States Eligible for Frontier Bank’s Top Reward Checking Account
Frontier Bank (IA)

Last year when I first reported on the reward checking account at Frontier Bank, the online application allowed residents of three states to apply. Its online application now allows residents of 12 midwestern states to apply. This gives many more people access to a very competitive reward checking account. The reward checking is under the Kasasa brand, and it’s called Kasasa Cash. As of 3/18/2014, the account has a 3.05% APY on balances up to $20K if typical reward checking monthly requirements are met. There’s also a Kasasa Saver account...

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Bank of the West Checking Account Bonuses Return - Certain States Only
Bank of the West

Bank of the West has again brought back its $150 checking account promotion. It looks like the same promotion they were offering last year. Just like the last one, there's also a $200 bonus, but that requires a checking account with high monthly service fees that can't be easily waived. These promotions are listed on Bank of the West's home page.

Details for the $150 bonus are listed in this Bank of the West promotions page. The checking account must be opened by 3/7/2014.

To qualify for the full $150 requires the...

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Frontier Bank’s Nice Reward Checking Account for Many Midwestern States
Frontier Bank (IA)

Frontier Bank has begun offering a reward checking and savings account under the Kasasa brand. Thanks to DA reader Aaron for mentioning this in the comments. The reward checking is called Kasasa Cash and the companion savings account is called Kasasa Saver. Both offer competitive interest rates. The balance caps are a little low, but they’re reasonable for new Kasasa accounts. Below is a summary of the rates and features of these two accounts as of 9/26/2013:

Kasasa Cash rates and features if monthly requirements are met:

  • 3.05% APY on balances up...
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Special 15-Month CD Rate at University of Iowa Community Credit Union - Local Only
University of Iowa Community Credit Union

University of Iowa Community Credit Union has a good deal on a 15-month CD special. It has a 1.25% APY for a minimum deposit of $1,000. This is also available in an IRA. The special is listed in the credit union’s rates page as of 9/18/2013.

When I last checked with the credit union, the early withdrawal penalty was 180 days of interest for CD terms of 12 months and up. I have not been able to find EWP details in the credit union online documentation.

This credit union used to offer...

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Another Bank of the West Checking Account Bonus - Certain States Only
Bank of the West

Bank of the West has again brought back its $150 checking account promotion. It looks like the same promotion they were offering February. Just like the last one, there's also a $200 bonus, but that requires a checking account with high monthly service fees that can't be easily waived. These promotions are listed on Bank of the West's home page.

Details for the $150 bonus are listed in this Bank of the West promotions page. The checking account must be opened by 8/30/2013.

To qualify for the full $150 requires the following:

  • Must...
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Another Regions Bank's $125 Checking Account Bonus - Available in Several States
Regions Bank

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...

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Another $150 Checking Bonus at Bank of the West - Certain States Only
Bank of the West

Bank of the West has recently brought back its $150 checking account promotion. It looks like the same promotion they were offering last summer. Just like the last one, there's also a $200 bonus, but that requires a checking account with high monthly service fees that can't be easily waived. These promotions are listed on Bank of the West's home page.

Details for the $150 bonus are listed in this Bank of the West promotions page. The checking account must be opened by 3/8/2013.

To qualify for the full $150 requires the...

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Top CD Rates at Community 1st Credit Union in IA & MO - Local Only
Community 1St CU (IA)

Iowa is one of the best states for savers. Several Iowa credit unions offer top deposit rates. I found another one of these, but it's also available in parts of Missouri. It's Community 1st Credit Union. The best deals are its long-term CDs and IRA CDs. These include a 2.10% APY 5-year CD, a 1.90% APY 4-year CD and a 1.70% APY 3-year CD. Minimum deposit is $50,000. The rates are 10 bps lower for a $500 minimum deposit. These rates are listed in the credit union's rates page as...

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$150 Checking Account Bonus at AnchorBank in Wisconsin
AnchorBank

AnchorBank is offering another checking account promotion with a bonus of up to $150. The bonus is larger than its summer promotion. This latest offer is listed in the bank's promotion page. It's scheduled to end on December 15, 2012.

The required activities include:

  • $50 for setting up direct deposit
  • $50 for enrolling in e-statements
  • $50 for making three debit card purchases

The direct deposit, e-statement enrollment and debit card purchases must be completed within 60 days of account opening. Existing checking account customers are not eligible for the bonus. Another important note mentioned in...

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Updated Review of Treynor State Bank's Reward Checking Account - Now Available in Many States
Treynor State Bank

When I first reviewed the reward checking account at Treynor State Bank in 2010, the account was only available to Iowa residents. It's now open to residents of several mid-western and western states. Like many other reward checking accounts, both the rate and balance cap have fallen, but the account remains competitive. One thing that helps offset the low balance cap is a linked savings account. These reward checking and savings accounts are under the Kasasa brand. The reward checking is called Kasasa Cash and the linked savings account is...

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New CD Rate Specials at University of Iowa Community Credit Union - Local Only
University of Iowa Community Credit Union

University of Iowa Community Credit Union has changed its CD specials. One of the CD specials have changed to a shorter term and a higher rate. However, two of the longer-term specials had rate cuts. Even with these rate cuts, these special CD rates remain very competitive. The following are the 3 special CD rates for a $1,000 minimum deposit as listed at the credit union's rates page as of 8/16/2012:

  • 2.00% APY 33-month CD special
  • 1.50% APY 22-month CD special
  • 1.25% APY 10-month CD special

You can get an additional 20 basis points...

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$100 Checking Account Promotion at First Midwest Bank
First Midwest Bank

I came across this deal while reviewing the Friday bank failure. First Midwest Bank was chosen by the FDIC to purchase Friday's failed bank. While looking on the bank's website for useful Q&As about this closure, I noticed that the bank is offering a nice checking account promotion. It's one of the few that has no direct deposit requirement. New checking account customers can earn $100 for opening any checking account by 8/31/2012 and for making 5 debit card purchases of at least $50 each within the first 30 days...

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