i just opened an savings account here through the app and it was easy. there is no access to the savings account anywhere else but the app which is good for me. ACH transfers should be sufficient for paying a few bills or transferring to other accounts as i am currently doing with other online savings accounts all of which are high yield savings but not as high as Affirm
Opened account easily, funded by providing external account info at opening. Accounts at most external banks can be linked instantaneously via remote login; some smaller banks require the trial deposit verification method. ACH transfers are completed quickly, sometimes same day.
A couple of limitations to watch out for:
1. There is a (daily?) ACH limit of $25k on withdrawals and on deposits, when initiated from Affirm; don't know if this can be changed
2. ACH deposits can be scheduled to take place weekly or monthly, but all ACH withdrawals are processed immediately
You are not able to view your savings account on a computer or do anything with it. No login and password to link the account from another bank with. Am I missing something? No functionality, no website. They just want you to only deposit your money in the app so they get you to shop and take loans out for shopping. No transfer option on their end, and good luck getting your money out and efficiently.
You can only login from the app with a passcode, which is not safe. Anyone around you can access your phone and you can lose your phone with the app on it. It doesn't even immediately require the passcode when you exit the app. I don't want to keep the app on my phone so anyone can see what account I have with Affirm. And, since you can't just go to their website to login and close the tab, the alternative of deleting the app after every use is not practical.
I moved quite a bit of funds here because of the high rate on their savings product. Last Saturday my account was frozen without any reason why. I was informed of this by an email with a link to a form to fill out. Well would you know it, that link was broken. So I called and was told on Saturday they would escalate it. After 4 business days of no communication, I called and demanded at the very least a timeline. They could not provide one because they have no control or even communication with their partner bank in regards to freezing their customer's funds. On that 4th business day I demanded the supervisor transfer me to a manager, I was told they were all busy but rest assured either a manager would call me that day or the supervisor would call me back informing that the call would occur tomorrow. Guess what, no one called back, shocking right? On the 5th business day I spent an hour on the phone speaking with Brian a manager further identifying how the dynamic works with Affirm and their partner bank. It comes down to the point that Affirm has no control over how their partner bank treats their customers. If the account is frozen, it stays in that state for an indefinite amount of time, and best of all you cannot even close the account. So they can take your money and give you zero recourse to advocate for yourself.
Bottom line before you get sucked in by a high interest rate, imagine this scenario: You have $100,000 in cash in the account because you are saving for a down payment on a house. Then you find that house and are approaching your closing date, and they freeze your account and there is not a damn thing you can do, or they can do to unfreeze your account. Best of all they won't even be able to tell you a timeline, 1 day or 1 week, or 1 month, 1 year. Nothing can be done. Oops sorry about that house you wanted
|FDIC Certificate #||58410|
|Return on Assets - YTD||1.2%|
|Return on Equity - YTD||28%|
|Annual Interest Income||$318.5MM|
|Assets and Liabilities|
|Assets||Q4 2020vs Q4 2019||$9.69B$2.06B|
|Loans||Q4 2020vs Q4 2019||$9.13B$1.66B|
|Deposits||Q4 2020vs Q4 2019||$3.02B$1.62B|
|Equity Capital||Q4 2020vs Q4 2019||$378.7MM$251.0MM|
|Loan Loss Allowance||Q4 2020vs Q4 2019||$49.8MM$36.8MM|
|Unbacked Noncurrent Loans||Q4 2020vs Q4 2019||$6.9MM$7.2MM|
|Real Estate Owned||Q4 2020vs Q4 2019||$0$0|
Affirm is an Internet only bank and does not have branch locations. Its headquarters is located at 650 California Street - San Francisco, CA 94108