First Nebraska Bank is headquartered in VALLEY and is the 52nd largest bank in the state of Nebraska. It is also the 2,176th largest bank in the nation. It was established in 1934 and as of March of 2023, it had grown to 74 employees at 15 locations. First Nebraska Bank has a B health rating.
Well, here is the lame attempt (below) at an explanation as to why these guys are lowering their rates - AGAIN. For some reason other banks continue to offer 4+% rewards checking......but the economy is apparently too sluggish for First Nebraska Bank to continue to offer this rate.
Time to move your money all....my recommendation is Bank of Nebraska. They currently offer over 4% and have the same account terms, except that you need to rack up 12 card swipes per month versus 10...
(Email I received from First Nebraska Bank):
I know that you are aware that deposit rates have been at historically low levels for quite some time. With the U.S. Economy continuing to be sluggish, it doesn't appear that these rates will change anytime soon. Unfortunately this means First Nebraska Bank needs to lower its "Real Checking" interest rate again. The interest rate on this account will change from 4% APY to 3% APY on February 1, 2011. We appreciate your understanding the need to lower this rate and thank-you for doing business with First Nebraska Bank.
(They appreciate my understanding? I'm glad to see that they'll understand why I'm closing this rewards checking account then...)
Worse headache of my life dealing with this bank.
There's a $35 wire transfer fee, which is just ridiculous. But also the lady who talked to me on the phone has no idea what she is talking about because she told me it was "impossible" for me to wire transfer money into my husband's account because my name isn't on his account.
The reason I am leaving this bank has to do with their sloppy and crappy handling of "fraudulent" transactions. They randomly put a hold on my debit card for suspicious transactions. However, I had no suspicious transactions because I keep a close eye on my account. Anyway, I called the fraud department to take care of it, I reviewed the transaction and the girl said it was taken care of and I could use my card. Not the case. So I called them again the next day and went through the process of verifying my transactions. Again, I got told it was taken care of and I could use my card. And yet again, my card was denied when I went to pay my bills. So I called my branch of my bank directly (in Stanton), I had to yet again verifying my transactions. Then found out they put a "no withdrawal" hold on my card. The lady said she would lift it and it would be okay. So I went to try and pay my bills again and got denied. Come to find out the deactivated my debit card without my consent and without notifying me. And I don't have checks, so I'm left without any access to my money.
I'm done. It's not worth it anymore. Especially when it took over a month to even receive my debit card in the mail. Done.
This bank operates in a weird way. A month and a half after I opened my account, they closed it without notice because I made a ACH transaction that made my balance zero (not overdraft). This was weird because the account was a 'no minimum balance account', and so a zero balance should be okay. I called them and explained that I never asked for a closure. So they reopened it, but after a week I get a call stating that they are closing it again because they don't see any big dollar transactions in the 1.5 months that it was open and apparently because I was 'verbal' on the phone when I had complained about my account being closed without notice. Very weird. Perhaps they want only rich customers. Well, I am doing okay with a 5 figure salary, its just that I decided to wait before entrusting my money to them. So they probably assumed that I am broke. Another possibility is that they might be racist -- looking for just white customers. I am saying this because the vice president seemed to habitually mispronounce and fumble my name a number of times without attempting to actually give it a try to read it right. Overall, a suspect bank, with a suspect management. Stay away.
|FDIC Certificate #||12248|
|Return on Assets - YTD||1.12%|
|Return on Equity - YTD||16.62%|
|Annual Interest Income||$4.2MM|
|Assets and Liabilities|
|Assets||Q1 2023vs Q1 2022||$366.7MM$382.6MM|
|Loans||Q1 2023vs Q1 2022||$210.0MM$200.4MM|
|Deposits||Q1 2023vs Q1 2022||$335.7MM$347.9MM|
|Equity Capital||Q1 2023vs Q1 2022||$25.7MM$27.6MM|
|Loan Loss Allowance||Q1 2023vs Q1 2022||$2.6MM$2.7MM|
|Unbacked Noncurrent Loans||Q1 2023vs Q1 2022||$1.6MM$3.0MM|
|Real Estate Owned||Q1 2023vs Q1 2022||$0$0|
Rates for First Nebraska Bank are currently being reviewed.