Live Oak Bank

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1741 Tiburon Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Live Oak Bank is the 240th largest bank in the nation. It was established in 2008 and as of December of 2019, it had grown to 582 employees. Live Oak Bank's savings rates are 92% higher than the national average, and it boasts an A+ health rating.

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Live Oak Savings Rate Drops To 1% From 1.15% - 7/7/2020

Live Oak Bank personal savings account will decrease tomorrow, July 7, 2020, to 1.00% per email I rec'd. At least they notify you of changes unlike other Financial Institutions.

Live Oak Joins The Pack - 6/17/2020

As of June 18, 2020 Live Oak Savings drops to 1.15% from 1.35%.

Live Oak Drops Savings Rate To 1.35% APY Effective 5/15/20 - 5/14/2020

Just received email. Live Oak reducing savings rate to 1.35% APY effective 5/15/20.

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Live Oak Bank - Excellent Rates, Service And Website

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After using Live Oak Bank for a few years, I figured it was time to provide some feedback to the community:

Over the past 2 years, Live Oak Bank has remained competitive with their interest rates - sometimes tops sometimes not, but reasonable. As a result, I don't have to worry about continuously monitoring and chasing rates - saving me time and stress that I had when utilizing other online banks. In addition, I can use either the LOB website/app to deposit and withdraw funds, or have them pushed/pulled from another institution using ACH - a feature I use often.

I have only had 2-3 customer service interactions, all via messaging on their website. Fast response time and excellent customer service.

I really enjoy both the Live Oak Bank website and the Live Oak Bank app. Easy to navigate, view interest rate, account and routing numbers, rename account "nicknames", transfer money, and more. My favorite feature is that they allow you to edit CD renewal preferences online easily, changing maturity instructions with ease. It is a huge incentive to why I open additional CDs with them.

There are a few things I wish they would integrate:

1. Electronic 1099-INT Forms (historically these are sent via physical mail)
2. Fix a few minor app crashes, such as when changing CD renewal instructions (needed to edit via website instead of app)
3. Add Interest Accrued / Interest YTD on the website - I like this feature at other banks so I can see right away how much interest I have paid without needing to go into statements.

Other than that, I have had a great experience with Live Oak Bank and would recommend them to anyone looking for a competitive online savings account.

No Way To View CD Principal Amount

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When you log in and look at your CD on their webpage, there's no way to view the principal amount. What you see is the current value which includes principal plus accrued interest; and of course that changes every day. I phoned and asked them: when the CD matures and principal is returned, how much money will that be? They couldn't tell me.

A (Mostly) Good Experience So Far

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After doing a fair amount of research, I opened a Live Oak account last Saturday.

The process was fairly smooth, although when it came to answering the 4 random questions to verify who I was, one of the questions asked me in what city an obscure side street is located. I knew the answer (the city in which I currently live), but only because I happen to briefly date someone who lived there a decade ago. (That was easily the most obscure question I have ever had to answer to open an account.)

The application process now warns people that the questions must be answered in a limited amount of time, but fails to say how much time, which is really annoying.

The final part of the application process was to link an external bank account to fund my new Live Oak account. As other people have stated, you will be prompted to enter the user name and password of the external bank account you want to link.

I consider that option to be strictly unacceptable. Anyone who is tempted to do that really needs to ask themselves if they understand the basics of internet security. That information is gathered by some obscure company called plaid, which has existed for less than 10 years. Do you really think it is a wise decision to give some startup company your banking credentials?

I looked for an option to bypass that request and do the standard micro deposit method which I knew Live Oak supported. I finally gave up, wrote an email to customer support (which is only open Monday through Friday) asking for a way to bypass Plaid and instead use micro deposits, and then went to bed.

The next morning, I decided to try bypassing Plaid again, and eventually found a way to trigger the micro deposit option. (To bypass Plaid, do not exit the dialogue attempting to force you to use Plaid. Instead, just skip past every offer to "help" you select your bank, and eventually Plaid will give up and allow you to do micro deposits.)

On Monday morning, I got a response to my email to customer support. Instead of providing me the information I wanted, it just told me that Plaid was the Live Oak preferred option, which I already knew by how much Live Oak was trying to force me to use Plaid. A nonconstructive response by customer support is not a great way to start a business relationship.

This morning, the micro deposits appeared in my primary bank account, and it was painless to enter the values and complete my account creation by funding my account.

I called customer support on the phone, and asked about the statement cycle (which is thankfully the standard first/last day of the month), and the ACH transfer limits ($250,000). The wait time was minimal and the customer representative was great, which makes up for the failure of the email support.

All in all, not a perfect start, but I have certainly had worse experiences.

Ridiculuous Hassle To Get Your Money Out

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My CD is coming due, and Live Oak requires me to give them the login credentials at my other bank in order to ACH the funds there. That's absurd, there is NO reason to have to provide that to set up an external account or do an ACH transfer.

Basically, they WILL NOT give me my funds unless I give them the login credentials at my other bank.

Will never use this bank again.



Health Grade Components

FDIC Certificate #58665
Year Established2008
Primary RegulatorFDIC
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD0.6%
Return on Equity - YTD5.55%
Annual Interest Income$239.9MM
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ4 2019vs Q4 2018$4.79B$3.62B
LoansQ4 2019vs Q4 2018$3.57B$2.51B
DepositsQ4 2019vs Q4 2018$4.24B$3.17B
Equity CapitalQ4 2019vs Q4 2018$484.7MM$411.6MM
Loan Loss AllowanceQ4 2019vs Q4 2018$48.2MM$32.6MM
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ4 2019vs Q4 2018$3.5MM$1.1MM
Real Estate OwnedQ4 2019vs Q4 2018$5.6MM$1.1MM
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Live Oak Savings Rate Drops To 1% From 1.15%

Live Oak Bank personal savings account will decrease tomorrow, July 7, 2020, to 1.00% per email I rec'd. At least they notify you of changes unlike other Financial Institutions.

Live Oak Joins The Pack

As of June 18, 2020 Live Oak Savings drops to 1.15% from 1.35%.

Live Oak Drops Savings Rate To 1.35% APY Effective 5/15/20

Just received email. Live Oak reducing savings rate to 1.35% APY effective 5/15/20.

Live Oak Drops 1-Year CD To 1.60% From 1.90%.

Live Oak drops 1-year CD rate. Down to 1.60% from 1.90% for 12-month CD.

Savings Rate Dropping To 1.55% Effective 4/23/20.

Just received an email from Live Oak stating the savings rate is dropping to 1.55% effective 4/23/20.. Very disappointing.

Live Oak Savings Drops To 1.55%

Email from Live Oak Bank today stating that rates will drop to 1.55% APY starting April 23, 2020.

No information in the email about CD rates, but I expect those to fall as well. Note: Live Oak does not lock in rates for any days, basing your rate on the date of funding as opposed to the day of application.

It's nice to see banks communicate in advance. They also state in the email that they "[lend] more money to small businesses through the SBA and USDA programs than any other bank in the country."

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Live Oak Bank Savings Account Rates

1.00%-$5mHigh Yield Online Savings
0.80%-$5mBusiness Savings

Live Oak Bank CD Rates

0.90%$2.5k$250k1 Year CD
0.90%$2.5k$250k18 Month CD
0.90%$2.5k$250k1 Year Business CD
0.90%$2.5k$250k18 Month Business CD
0.85%$2.5k$250k2 Year CD
0.85%$2.5k$250k3 Year CD
0.85%$2.5k$250k2 Year Business CD
0.85%$2.5k$250k3 Year Business CD
0.80%$2.5k$250k5 Year CD
0.80%$2.5k$250k4 Year CD
0.80%$2.5k$250k4 Year Business CD
0.80%$2.5k$250k5 Year Business CD
0.70%$2.5k$250k6 Month CD
0.70%$2.5k$250k6 Month Business CD

Live Oak Bank is an Internet only bank and does not have branch locations. Its headquarters is located at 1741 Tiburon Drive - Wilmington, NC 28403

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