First Foundation Bank


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949-202-4100
18101 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA 92612

First Foundation Bank is headquartered in Irvine and is the 17th largest bank in the state of California. It is also the 153rd largest bank in the nation. It was established in 2007 and as of March of 2022, it had grown to 632 employees at 29 locations. First Foundation Bank's savings rates are 3X the national average, and it boasts an A+ health rating.

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First Foundation Bank Online Savings Account Has Highest APY - 6/18/2022

First Foundation Bank has raised the rate on its nationally available Online Savings account to rate-leader status again. $1k min opening deposit, capped at $5 million.

A 1.65% Savings Account At First Foundation Bank - 6/17/2022

It looks like this is the top rate for FDIC insured liquid cash now. https://www.firstfoundationinc.com/personal-banking/bank/online-savings

First Foundation Online Savings Increase To 1.65% - 6/17/2022

It was 1%. Here's an excerpt from an email message: Rates are on the upswing again, and we're happy to share we are increasing the rate of your Online Savings account today to 1.65% Annual Percentage Yield (APY).

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High Rates, And Successful Interactions

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FF's rate's been consistently higher than other banks. They went down after I opened, but so did everyone else and they were still higher. They've just raised to 1.65% when everyone else is at 1% or .7%. They're A or A+ rated.

The time I needed to add higher amounts (or was it remove?), I got a wire fee waver and it was done promptly.

I tried ACH at first but each limit doesn't open up until the last ACH has fully cleared, so it takes too long. I use my broker (who has high limits) to push pull larger amounts if needed, without problems.

The customer service is mixed. Some interactions go smoothly. Others not so well. The online messaging person isn't very good. Chat wasn't very clear either. Tone's are cheery though.

You need to ask for the new accounts dept.

Recently needed to deposit a large check. New accounts raised my mobile limit for the day.

Mostly my funds sit there and I do nothing, so it's worked well for me!

Friendly & Helpful Customer Service

I opened a savings account here for the 2.00% instead of the 0.05% offered by my previous bank. I called customer service to have them walk me through opening the account and the person I spoke to was really nice and helpful. I had a particularly positive experience this week and wanted to share. Excited to actually earn something on my savings.

Good Bank For Interest Rate 2022

Their web account is clunky, but it works.

Poor Customer Service

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My savings account was compromised but there were no attempts to withdraw funds. It clearly wasn't First Foundation's fault, but no one bothered to contact me as to why my account had been locked. For more than a week, I made repeated calls to the customer service department. No one would get back with me. I finally resorted to calling the corporate office. That worked. At that point, it took weeks to get things resolved so I could withdraw my funds.
First Foundation's current interest rate is for "new money only." Translated, that means that existing customers will not see the increase in their savings account interest rate and that it's very unlikely that your "new money" will see future interest rate increases.

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Health
A+

Health Grade Components

Overall
FDIC Certificate #58647
Year Established2007
Employees632
Primary RegulatorFDIC
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD1.21%
Return on Equity - YTD11.14%
Annual Interest Income$81.2MM
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ1 2022vs Q1 2021$10.45B$7.04B
LoansQ1 2022vs Q1 2021$7.87B$5.61B
DepositsQ1 2022vs Q1 2021$9.04B$6.27B
Equity CapitalQ1 2022vs Q1 2021$1.17B$713.5MM
Loan Loss AllowanceQ1 2022vs Q1 2021$32.8MM$23.2MM
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ1 2022vs Q1 2021$10.8MM$17.9MM
Real Estate OwnedQ1 2022vs Q1 2021$6.2MM$0
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First Foundation Bank Savings Account Rates

APYMINMAXACCOUNT NAMEVIEW DETAILS
1.65%*-$5mOnline Savings Account - New Money Only
OTHER TIERS: 0.50% $5m+
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