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If you live in the market area of Capital One Bank, customers can get a good savings account deal. This is similar to Capital One’s past checking account promotions. It’s the Smart Savings Account, and a high rate is guaranteed on all balances for 12 months. The guaranteed APY is 1.00% for most Capital One market areas. It’s only 0.70% for the Austin, Texas metro area and only 0.40% for Louisiana. Thanks to DA member stormdog123 for posting on this in the forum.
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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
Capital One continues to offer a nice bonus for new business checking accounts. The bonus amount is $300, and the promotion is scheduled to last until 8/31/2013. It requires a branch visit (see below for branch locations). When I last reported on this promotion in January, it had an April end date. So I wouldn’t be surprised if the expiration date gets extended again.
Here are the steps to earn the $300 bonus:
Louisiana residents have many good choices for high-yield reward checking accounts. Some of the highest rates are available at Louisiana banks. One that I haven’t yet covered is at Gibsland Bank & Trust. It’s called GBT Hometown Rewards Checking. The bank also offers a linked savings account called GBT Hometown REALSaver. The following is a summary of the rates and features of these two accounts as of 7/9/2013:
GBT Hometown Rewards Checking rates and features if monthly requirements are met:
It has been just over five years since my first review of the reward checking account at St. Martin Bank & Trust. As you might have expected, the rate and balance cap have fallen, but the reward checking account is still competitive. In addition, the bank has added a linked savings account which helps make it a better deal for savers. The accounts are now under the Kasasa brand. The rates and features are described below (as of 7/2/2013):
Kasasa Cash rates and features if monthly requirements are met:
If you live in the market area of Capital One Bank, new customers can still get a good checking account deal. They have been offering this deal for awhile, and I’m still seeing it advertised. It has become a better deal as rates at other banks have fallen. Capital One is guaranteeing a promotional rate (1.00% APY for most areas) for balances up to $100,000 for the first 12 months. Details of this promotion are listed at the Capital One High Yield checking page. Note, it will only show if...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.
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It's common for banks to offer bonuses for opening a new checking account, but it's less common for reward checking accounts. The high rate of the reward checking account is often enough of an incentive. That's why I was surprised to see this $100 bonus that Home Federal Bank in Louisiana is offering.
The $100 bonus is available for the bank's personal checking accounts which include the Smart Rewards Checking. I first reviewed this account in 2011 when it was paying 4.00% APY for balances up to $25K. Surprisingly, it still...Continue Reading
Louisiana is one of the states with highest deposit rates, and some of the best CD rates continue to be offered by Jefferson Financial Credit Union. There are two rate tiers, and the top tier only requires a $10,000 minimum deposit. The following are the most competitive share and IRA certificate rates listed at the credit union's share certificates rates page as of 12/7/2012:
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Update 9/28/2012: Readers have been told by the bank CSRs that the yield is scheduled to fall from 3.25% to 2.25% on October 15, 2012.
Community Trust Bank is offering a very competitive reward checking account that it calls Trust Plus Checking. Both the rate and the balance cap make this a good deal. The details are shown below. The rates and balance cap are based on what's listed at the bank's rates page as of 9/25/2012:
If you live in the market area of Capital One Bank, new customers can get a good checking account deal. They're guaranteeing a promotional rate (1.00% APY for most areas) for balances up to $100,000 for the first 12 months. Details of this promotion are listed at the Capital One High Yield checking page. Note, it will only show if your zip code is in their market area.
This 1.00% APY promotion appears to be offered in all of Capital One market areas which includes Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey,...Continue Reading
With the recent rate cut of Patelco Credit Union's special 7-year CD, we have a new 7-year CD rate leader for CDs available nationwide. It's Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union which has a 2.19% APY 7-year CD for a minimum deposit of $40,000. The yield is 2.04% APY for a $2,500 minimum deposit. Its 5-year CD rate isn't quite a rate leader, but it's near the top with a 1.88% APY for a $40,000 minimum (1.72% APY for a $2,500 minimum). These rates are listed in the credit union's term...Continue Reading