DA reader, midas89, broke the news late Wednesday evening:
BrioDirect Bolts Out Front To 2.15% APY
With an increase of 35 bps, the BrioDirect High-Yield Savings’s (HYS) new 2.15% APY became the rate leader for nationally available savings/money market accounts for about a day.
To quote midas89’s Forum post again,
[…] I know that you know the Fed increase just occurred today, which means another bank might wind up being even better […]
In the first draft of this blog post, the HYS was the rate leader; as I was editing the blog post, I discovered that the Merchants Bank of Indiana Money Market Savings (2.28% APY) had ousted the HYS from the rates pinnacle.
- 2.15% APY on balances of $25 and above.
- A minimum collected daily balance of $25 required to earn stated APY.
- $25 minimum opening deposit.
- No monthly maintenance fee.
- Free online statements, with a $5 fee for paper statements.
Funding and ACH Transfers
- BrioDirect accounts can be funded through ACH transfer, wire transfer, or check.
- There is no limit on the number of external banks that can be linked.
- Once an account is established, BrioDirect allows you to make withdrawals and deposits initiated from an external bank.
As stated in the FAQs,
Standard outbound limits: Clients are eligible for standard outbound transfers up to $75,000 that are completed within 3 business days (provided that funds are available). These transfers must be submitted by 10PM ET/1AM PT for current day processing. Transfers submitted after this time are processed on the following business day. For standard outbound transfers, the client must wait until an outstanding transfer(s) that exceeds $75,000 has settled before another transfer can be made and the monthly limit on outbound transactions is $250,000. You may be eligible to transfer additional amounts in excess of these limits by calling our contact center at 877.369.BRIO.
- Unlimited beneficiaries can be named, with equal shares assigned.
- Social Security numbers are required, along with DOB, address, and profession.
- Naming beneficiaries cannot be done using the online application. A Beneficiary form will be mailed to you and needs to be returned notarized and “in its original form” via snail mail.
BrioDirect offers its product line nationwide to US citizens and resident aliens (18 years or older), who have a US mailing address and a valid Social Security number, through an online application.
At this time, only single and joint accounts are available, with no trusts permitted.
Opening a High-Yield Savings account can only be done online.
As stated on the first page of the online application,
Do not use the back button in your browser to navigate this application. You will be able to save your application along the way, use the 'Save Now & Finish Later' button found in the menu in the upper right corner of each page.
As an online division of Webster Bank, BrioDirect operates under Webster Bank’s FDIC Certificate.
BrioDirect/Webster Bank has an overall health grade of "A+" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 2.46% (excellent), based on March 31, 2022 data. In the past year, the Bank has increased its non-brokered deposits by $26.47 billion, an excellent annual growth rate of 94.38%. Please refer to our financial overview of BrioDirect/Webster Bank (FDIC Certificate # 18221) for more details.
As BrioDirect’s website states, “Webster Bank operates under the trade name BrioDirect. This trade name is used by, and refers to Webster Bank, a single FDIC-insured bank.”
Accounts that are opened via briodirectbanking.com and marketed by BrioDirect are Webster Bank accounts. Deposits in these accounts are made with Webster Bank. For purposes of determining how much FDIC insurance is applicable to your accounts, you need to consider not only the BrioDirect online savings, CD, or checking accounts that you maintain, but also all other accounts you maintain at Webster Bank.
Almost eight months ago, Sterling National Bank (the original parent bank of BrioDirect) officially became part of Connecticut-based Webster Bank. According to a February 1, 2022 press release,
Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE: WBS) ("Webster") and Sterling Bancorp ("Sterling") jointly announced today the completion of their previously announced merger, creating one of the largest commercial banks in the Northeast. The combined company is a unique financial institution, with a differentiated funding base that includes HSA Bank, as well as consumer and commercial banking businesses.
Establishing in 1870 as Bristol Savings Bank, Webster Bank is currently the largest bank headquartered in Connecticut. With more than 200 branch locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island, Webster Bank currently has assets in excess of $65 billion and more than 1.2 million customer accounts.
How the High-Yield Savings Account Compares
When compared to the nationally available Money Market Accounts and Savings Accounts tracked by DepositAccounts.com, that do not require large balances or direct deposit and do not have small balance caps, the BrioDirect High-Yield Savings APY currently ranks second.
The above information and rates are accurate as of 7/29/2022.