First Foundation Bank is headquartered in Irvine and is the 20th largest bank in the state of California. It is also the 194th largest bank in the nation. It was established in 2007 and as of March of 2020, it had grown to 436 employees at 21 locations. First Foundation Bank's savings rates are 92% higher than the national average, and it has an A health rating.
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.
First Foundation has the Integrity other banks do not. Other banks offer attractive rates for new money and at the first sign of lower market rates drop the yield. Customers Bank comes to mind. They were offering 2.40% and dropped it to 1.95% after getting the new depositors aboard. FF feels an obligation to the new money depositors to maintain the 2.40%. I like that a lot. I closed Customers, Vio, Popular, Western, Salem5, Webank, EastBoston, United, My Savings, IGO, Ally and others that suck in new money and drop the trap door on rates.
You'll like this bank.
Opened a joint account online with me and my wife. App asked some pretty standard out-of-wallet questions, and I also had to upload a picture of our ID's. Was easily able to move funds in via ACH from Capital One from both Capital One's system and First Foundation Bank's. I also called into their help line, and every one was super nice and helpful.
I opened an online savings account because they offer a competitive rate and have a physical branch in case I need it. The application process is lengthy which should have been a red flag but i thought they were just being conservative for my security.
First unpleasant surprise - $5k/day limit on online check deposit, $10k/day on online ACH deposit transfers. I wanted to deposit $50k, so this would require multiple transactions, multiple days!
2nd surprise - scheduled future transfers do not appear on my account's scheduled transfers page! Good thing I've not deleted the confirmation emails for 2 of them. The others, now I just have to rely on my memory. Oh and there's no menu for canceling or changing transfer date once it's scheduled.
I haven't tried to withdraw funds -
3rd, I wanted to open another account and thought there would be a streamlined process since they've already verified my identity and have my drivers license on file. But no, I would have to go through the same lengthy and cumbersome new account opening process. So I decided not to open one and just keep my funds elsewhere.
One good thing, their email responses are very quick albeit no solution to problems.
Thinking of closing my account now. Their higher rates not worth the hassle of doing business with them.
|FDIC Certificate #||58647|
|Return on Assets - YTD||0.85%|
|Return on Equity - YTD||8.82%|
|Annual Interest Income||$64.5MM|
|Assets and Liabilities|
|Assets||Q1 2020vs Q1 2019||$6.50B$5.98B|
|Loans||Q1 2020vs Q1 2019||$5.30B$4.93B|
|Deposits||Q1 2020vs Q1 2019||$5.04B$4.58B|
|Equity Capital||Q1 2020vs Q1 2019||$625.9MM$567.7MM|
|Loan Loss Allowance||Q1 2020vs Q1 2019||$23.0MM$19.2MM|
|Unbacked Noncurrent Loans||Q1 2020vs Q1 2019||$10.6MM$15.6MM|
|Real Estate Owned||Q1 2020vs Q1 2019||$0$465.00K|
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|APY||MIN||MAX||ACCOUNT NAME||VIEW DETAILS|
|1.00%*||-||$5m||Online Savings Account - New Money Only|
|OTHER TIERS: 0.35% → $5m+|