Competitive CD Specials at BancorpSouth in a Few Southern States

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BancorpSouth is advertising three fairly competitive special CD rates. These include a 3.00% APY 59-month CD, a 2.50% APY 39-month CD and a 2.00% APY 23-month CD. A checking account is required. Minimum deposit is $1,000. These specials don't appear to be listed at the bank's website. They were advertised in yesterday's (6/06/10) Tyler Morning Telegraph newspaper. The ad is available online here.

The small print of the ad includes important info regarding where these specials are available and how long they are scheduled to last. Excerpts of the small print are shown below:

CD offer good at BancorpSouth locations in Huntsville and Mobile/Baldwin County, AL; Fayetteville and Rogers, AR area, Destin, FL area, Baton Rouge area, Lafayette, Alexandria, LA; Springfield, O'Fallon and Clayton, MO, Lufkin, Longview and Tyler, TX only and for funds not currently on deposit at any BancorpSouth office. Minimum deposit $1,000. Maximum deposit $250,000. Not good with any other offers. [...] BancorpSouth checking account with Debit Card required. Offer good through June 30, 2010.

As noted in the small print, a checking account is required. This BancorpSouth table provides a good overview of its checking accounts. The bank does offer a free reward checking account called Performance Checking (my review).

Most of BancorpSouth branches are located in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana. There are also a few in East Texas, the Florida Panhandle and in the Springfield and St. Louis metro areas of Missouri.

BancorpSouth's ratings for safety and soundness are strong: 4 stars (excellent) at BauerFinancial (based on 3/31/10 data), 4 stars (sound) at Bankrate.com (based on 12/31/09 data) and an overall health score of 3 out of 5 at DepositAccounts (see our BancorpSouth Bank rates and reviews page). The bank has been a FDIC member since 1934 (FDIC Certificate # 11813).

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Reward Checking and a High-Yield Savings Account at BancorpSouth in Several Southern States

BancorpSouth Bank continues to offer a high-yield reward checking account called Performance Checking. I first reported on this account in May 2008. The rates have fallen a bit, but it remains competitive, and it has a higher-than-average balance cap of $30K. Another thing nice about this bank is that it's large with 289 offices throughout the Southeast. So if you're looking for a local reward checking account, a BancorpSouth branch may be nearby.

The rates are not easy to find at the bank's website. The only place I found...

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3.00% Reward Checking Account at Bancorp South
Update 10/24/09: The top rate has fallen to 3.00% APY. Refer to the bottom of the post for the rate history.

Bancorp South is offering a reward checking account called New Performance Checking that pays 3.00% APY on balances up to $30,000 (0.25% for above) and refunds ATM fees (up to five $3.50 transactions per month) if the following monthly requirements are met:
  • 12 debit card purchases
  • one ACH debit or credit
  • be enrolled in internet banking and receive electronic statements

If these are not met, the rate falls to 0.25%. There's a minimum initial...



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