Three years ago this month, Cornhusker Bank introduced its Rewards Checking Account – the Power Checking account – as a replacement for its Relationship Checking account. The initial 3.50% APY was in effect for six weeks before a single basis point was added. Since January 2017, the Power Checking account has earned 3.51% APY on qualifying balances up to $25k. Portions of qualifying balances over $25k earn 0.20% APY, with non-qualifying balances earning 0.01% APY.
The qualifying requirements have remained the same:
- At least 18 debit card purchases each statement cycle.
- Enrollment in e-Statements.
- At least one direct deposit (no minimum stated) per statement cycle.
The Power Checking account has no minimum balance requirement or monthly service fee, but does requires a minimum $100 opening deposit.
Headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, Cornhusker Bank’s primary market area is Lancaster County, home of the State Capital (Lincoln) and the second-most populous county in Nebraska. Since I last wrote about the Power Checking account, the availability has expanded to include all Nebraska residents, 18 years or older, who are U.S. citizens/resident aliens.
Cornhusker Bank is also part of the MoneyPass network, which provides surcharge-free access at more than 53,000 ATMs across the United States, including more than 2,000 located in Walmart stores.
Cornhusker Bank has an overall health grade of "A+" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 1.01% (excellent) based on September 30, 2019 data. In the past year, Cornhusker Bank increased its total deposits by $29.16 million, an excellent growth rate of 5.96%. Please refer to our financial overview of Cornhusker Bank (FDIC Certificate # 14264) for more details.
The Bank was originally established in 1903, as one of the many Farmers State Banks located throughout the Midwest. (At one point, there were more than 90 “Farmers State Banks” in operation.) As the name suggests, the Bank’s customer base were the farmers of Lancaster County - the vast majority of the county’s residents. The Cornhusker name came into play in 1960, when the Bank’s headquarters were moved from Davey to Lincoln. Cornhusker Bank is currently Nebraska’s 21st largest bank, with assets in excess of $632 million and nearly 25,000 customer accounts.
How Power Checking Compares
When compared to 82 High Yield Reward Checking Accounts tracked by DepositAccounts.com, which are available in Nebraska and have a qualifying balance cap of at least $25k, Cornhusker’s Power Checking APY currently ranks second.
|Interest Rate||Account Name||Credit Union/Bank|
|4.00% APY||Kasasa Cash Checking ($50k max)||TAB Bank|
|3.51% APY||Power Checking ($25k max)||Cornhusker Bank|
|3.25% APY||Kasasa Cash ($30k max)||Dover Federal Credit Union|
The above rates are accurate as of 12/26/2019.
To look for the best Reward Checking Account rates, both nationwide and state specific, please refer to our High Yield Reward Checking Account Rates Table page.