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American Express Bank, FSB.

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4315 South 2700 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84184

American Express Bank is the banking component of the American Express Company, a publicly traded financial services firm (NYSE: AXP). The American Express brand is known mainly for its credit card and traveler’s cheque business, but since 2000 has offered several bank deposit accounts. The company’s credit card and banking businesses operate separately for the most part. Because there are no physical bank branches, American Express Bank's deposit accounts generally offer higher rates of interest than its brick and mortar counterparts.

In the way of personal banking, American Express Bank offers two account possibilities: high-yield savings accounts and Certificates of Deposit (CDs). The high-yield savings account typically earns one of the highest interest rates in the country and is easy to open electronically. The savings account comes with no fees, nor a minimum balance requirement and allows ACH transfers to and from the account at no additional cost. DepositAccounts.com has featured this savings account on multiple occasions for its competitive interest rate and flexibility. Certificates of Deposit (CDs) are available and in term lengths ranging from 6 to 60 months. CDs also have no fees and no minimums and can be easily opened electronically through an online application process. Automatic transfers can be set up to fund either the savings account or the CD, and depositing by check is also an option. DepositAccounts.com reported in 2009 on the bank’s transition from their Savings Accelerator account that was tied to the AmEx credit card, to the new high-yield savings account, which is a “standalone” account.

American Express Bank online banking provides a convenient platform on which account holders can view their transaction history and set up electronic fund transfers. The bank’s web-based system makes the application process quick and simple, and the website makes it easy to switch from a card account to a deposit account.

American Express Bank was originally established in 2000 and is a subsidiary of the American Express Company, a bank holding company located in New York, NY. The bank is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and offers its savings products exclusively via its Internet platform. The American Express Company is also know as AmEx and was founded in 1850 by Henry Wells and William Fargo, the same founders who started Wells Fargo Bank.

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Reviews (117)

Finally a savings account that's worth it

Posted by: daisybear | 5 hours ago

I was seeking a bank that would actually give me some return on a savings account. Also, I wanted a savings account that was not easily accessible so that I couldn't 'dip' into it easily on a daily basis. American Express Bank gives me this option. I earn 0.85% higher on my savings account than I did at my previous bank. Also, the customer service is superb. They answer quickly and thoroughly.

Couldn't ask for a better bank

Posted by: RicardoD | Sep 27, 2016

I have been banking with American Express for over 5 years now. I have never had a problem with this bank in that time. Any question or concern I had about my savings account has been answered promptly. My previous bank had a really bad website which made it difficult to manage my account. American Express' website is nice and easy to navigate to make my information readily available to me. They offer great rates and most fees that they have are very reasonable. Customer Service has only been a hassle once, but my other experiences have been great. I usually get to talk to a representative within 4-5 minutes who is able to help me out. Sometimes I wish there were a bit more product options but overall I can't complain!

The Best Savings Account

Posted by: MissTexas | Aug 18, 2016

The savings account is definitely the best that I've ever had. First of all, my most favorite aspect of the savings account is that there are no monthly fees. It has felt very secure and safe when depositing my funds. I also sell jewelry online and would receive deposits from my customers into this account. With the transfers, I would see the money post from 1 to 3 days, usually within a day. Also, with the account not having an ATM or debit card attached to it, it's definitely not as tempting to spend any of this money. Amex is and will always be the best!

American Express Makes Online Savings Accounts Easy

With no minimums, no monthly fees, the American Express Savings accounts are easy to open and affordable for anyone wanting to start a savings account. I opened my account with just $100, but you do not need to make a minimum deposit, any amount will do. Also, it is easy to open the account right online and deposit money without having to go into a bank or mail anything. The one question I had that wasn't answered online, was easily answered with a quick phone call and the phone help was everything I would expect from American Express. Overall, a great choice for online banking without having to fork out money for bank fees. I would highly recommend this bank and their online accounts for anyone who doesn't want the hassle of traditional banks and crowds. Their interest rates for savings are just ok, nothing special.



Health Grade Components

FDIC Certificate #27471
Year Established1989
Primary RegulatorFDIC
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD5.73%
Return on Equity - YTD48.98%
Annual Interest Income$1.70B
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ3 2003vs Q3 2002$17.23B$15.59B
LoansQ3 2003vs Q3 2002$15.42B$13.77B
DepositsQ3 2003vs Q3 2002$7.24B$4.27B
Equity CapitalQ3 2003vs Q3 2002$2.22B$2.10B
Loan Loss AllowanceQ3 2003vs Q3 2002$662.8MM$626.9MM
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ3 2003vs Q3 2002$216.4MM$229.0MM
Real Estate OwnedQ3 2003vs Q3 2002$0$0
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American Express Bank, FSB. Savings Account Rates

0.90%--High Yield Savings Account

American Express Bank, FSB. CD Rates

1.70%--60 Month CD
1.45%--48 Month CD
1.25%--36 Month CD
1.00%--24 Month CD
0.60%--18 Month CD
0.55%--12 Month CD
0.40%--6 Month CD

American Express Bank, FSB. is an Internet only bank and does not have branch locations. Its headquarters is located at 4315 South 2700 West - Salt Lake City, UT 84184