Browse through the stories below to view current deals for Montana banks or select an item from the menu bar above to view current rates in Montana.
Pinnacle Bank is again offering a $100 bonus for opening its PinnCheck Free checking account online. If you missed the one in March, this is another chance. Like the previous promotions, the bonus doesn’t require much work. The only requirements listed in the bank's promotions page are:
The offer is currently scheduled to expire on December 31, 2013. According to...Continue Reading
Last month I reported on very competitive 3-, 4- and 5-year CD rates at MidFirst Direct, the internet division of MidFirst Bank. I learned last Saturday that MidFirst Direct is now offering 7-year CDs, and the rate is very competitive. Unfortunately, the rate has already fallen. It now has a 2.75% APY which is down from its original yield of 3.00%. Even with this lower rate, it’s still very competitive compared to other banks and credit unions. The 2.75% APY is listed in the MidFirst Direct CD page as of...Continue Reading
We’re now seeing some large banks raising their long-term CD rates. The latest is Fifth Third Bank which is offering a special 4-year CD with a 1.50% APY. You can get a higher 4-year CD rate at a few internet banks and credit unions, but this 1.50% APY is competitive especially for large banks. There are also shorter-term CD specials: a 1.25% APY 38-month CD and a 1.00% APY 28-month CD. Minimum deposit is $5,000, and a new or existing checking account is required. These rates are listed in Fifth...Continue Reading
Last year I first learned about MidFirst Direct, the internet division of MidFirst Bank. At that time last year, it was offering some very competitive CD rates. Those didn’t last long. The rates fell a few days after my post. MidFirst Direct just recently raised its long-term CD rates, and they’re very competitive. Hopefully, these rates will hold longer than they did last year. These higher CD rates include:
The above rates are listed in the MidFirst Direct CD page as of...Continue Reading
Union State Bank has a long history of offering a competitive reward checking account. I first reported on its reward checking account in 2008 when the top yield was 6.01% for balances up to $25K. The rate has gone down, but the balance cap has remained the same. The bank also now offers a companion savings account called REAL Saver. Below is a summary of the rates and requirements of these accounts as listed in the bank’s My Rewards Checking page as of 8/21/2013:
My Rewards Checking rates and ATM fee...Continue Reading
PNC Bank continues to offer a $150 checking account bonus. Since my last report on a PNC checking promotion, new fees have been announced. So it will require more caution for those who decide to give this promotion a try. Another change is that the promotion is available in fewer states (see below for the list of states).
Here's the link to PNC's promotion page. The offer is scheduled to end on 9/30/2013. You can open the account online or choose to have them email you a coupon to take to...Continue Reading
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:
Central Missouri Community Credit Union recently made a large increase to its 12-month CD rate. In fact, it was so large, that I was suspicious that it might be a mistake. However, I received confirmation from the credit union that the increase is correct. The new 1-year CD has a 1.26% APY. This rate is actually higher than the credit union’s 5-year CD rate. Minimum deposit is $1,000. This rate is listed in the credit union’s share certificates rates page as of 6/11/2013.
Credit union membership is open to anyone working...Continue Reading
Pinnacle Bank is again offering a $100 bonus for opening its PinnCheck Free checking account online. If you missed the one last year, this is another chance. Like last year, the bonus doesn’t require much work. The only requirements listed in the bank's promotions page are:
Offer expires April 30, 2013. According to the terms, it's only available to residents...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
BMO Harris Bank is offering a cash bonus of up to $200 for opening a personal checking account with qualifying direct deposit. Like most large banks, BMO Harris doesn't have a free checking account. So if you take advantage of this bonus, you'll have to be careful to avoid monthly service charges.
To qualify for the $200 bonus requires either the BMO Harris Portfolio Checking or the BMO Harris Select Checking. A $150 bonus requires the BMO Harris Everyday Checking.
Here's the link to the bank's promotion page: bmoharris.com/offerchecking2013.
The new checking account...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading