Browse through the stories below to view current deals for North Carolina banks or select an item from the menu bar above to view current rates in North Carolina.
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
High-interest reward checking accounts are looking more appealing these days when it looks like rates may be on the rise. These offer rates higher than CD rates, and you don’t have to worry about locking into a long-term low-rate CD. There are a few downsides with reward checking. It requires work to meet the monthly requirements. Rates may fall, and there’s a balance cap which can also fall. We have seen many reward checking accounts with balance caps that fell from $25K to $10K. We have also seen many new...Continue Reading
Community & Southern Bank has been advertising a promotion for its Investment Money Market Account that’s a good deal. It’s guaranteeing 1.00% APY for the first 180 days the account is opened. Minimum opening and daily balance of $2,500 is required to avoid a monthly service charge of $15. Also, a checking account with monthly direct deposit is required. This special is listed in the bank’s great rates page as of 6/17/2013. Hat tip to the reader who emailed me news of this promotion.
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I learned of this promotion on Friday when the FDIC announced CertusBank had assumed all deposits of the failed Parkway Bank. As I reviewed the CertusBank website, I noticed it was offering a checking account bonus of up to $125. Both new personal and business accounts are eligible. The details are listed in CertusBank’s promotion page as of 4/29/2013.
To earn the full $125 bonus, the following is required:
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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Just two weeks ago I posted on a BB&T $100 checking account bonus. Now it's offering a $125 bonus with the same requirements. The nice aspect of this bonus is that you can qualify for it without direct deposit. The downside is that BB&T's checking accounts have potential monthly service fees. So if you open the checking account for the bonus, you have to make sure to avoid the fees.
To qualify for the $125 bonus, customers must open a BB&T checking account and set-up and receive 2 direct deposits of...Continue Reading
BB&T is again offering a $100 bonus for opening a checking account and performing some additional activities. Just like most large banks, BB&T's checking accounts have potential monthly service fees. So if you open the checking account for the bonus, you have to make sure to avoid the fees.
To qualify for the $100 bonus, customers must open a BB&T checking account and set-up and receive 2 direct deposits of at least $100 OR make 3 online bill payments of at least $25. The offer is scheduled to end on 3/1/2013....Continue Reading
In the good old days, it was easy to find reward checking accounts paying over 4% for balances up to $25K. Those days are over. In today's environment, if you can find 2% for balances up to $25K, you should consider yourself lucky. CBC National Bank should help more people have access to this type of reward checking account. Its reward checking account is called Advantage Checking, and it has the following rates and features as of 11/13/2012:
BrandBank has started a checking account promotion which is guaranteeing a 1.07% APY through June 30, 2013. A minimum balance of $50,000 is required. The rates are much lower for smaller balances (0.25% for $10K to $50K and 0.10% for under $10K). There's also another requirement. One of the following criteria must be met within 60 days of account opening: 1) sign up for recurring Direct Deposit on this account; 2) enroll in Brand Bill Pay; or 3) open a CD with at least $25,000 in new money not currently...Continue Reading
Regions Bank is 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 Online125Bonus, have at least $500 in total Direct Deposits and at least 10 Visa CheckCard transactions in the first 60 days. Offer is scheduled to end on 9/30/2012. The offer is listed in this Regions promotion page.
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It has been a while since I reported on Atlanta Postal Credit Union. Some other Georgia credit unions had higher rates in 2011, but this year Atlanta Postal Credit Union is on top with competitive CD and IRA CD rates. Two of the best rates include a 2.00% APY 5-year CD and a 1.25% APY 2-year CD. Below is a summary of the certificate rates listed in the credit union's rate sheet as of 4/30/2012.
Many banks may have ended their free checking accounts, but at least a few are still offering new account bonuses. Customers will have to be more careful if they plan to take advantage of these promotions. That's the case with BB&T which is offering a $100 bonus for opening a checking account and performing some additional activities. Last year BB&T ended its free checking account, so those interested in this promotion will have to make sure they can avoid the fees.
To qualify for the $100 bonus, new customers must open...Continue Reading