MemoryBank is a new online banking platform that launched in the fall of 2016. The bank features one headliner product - its EarnMore Interest Checking Account. This account is a compelling hybrid between a reward checking account (RCA) and a standard personal checking account.
Like other reward checking accounts, you must meet a few basic requirements to earn the top APY, though the EarnMore account's requirements are lighter than most RCAs. Furthermore, unlike typical RCAs, the EarnMore account allows you to earn a high rate on balances up to $250K. Some other banks offer a higher rate on their RCAs, but these accounts typically carry with them more stringent monthly requirements and also much lower balance caps for the top rates - often between only $5,000 - $20,000. So, in this sense, the EarnMore account is more comparable to a standard personal checking account. In the regular checking category, the first year bonus APY of 1.50% and ongoing rate of 1.00% blows away the competition. The first year APY is also higher than any of the top nationally available 1-Year CD rates and all but a select few 2-Year CD rates. So, short term CD investors may also find the account appealing.
In addition to offering competitive yields, MemoryBank has the distinction of an online platform with national availability, to go along with an extensive ATM network of over 85,000 ATMs. It also allows customers to use non-network ATMs at no charge, although it does not reimburse fees charged by the bank who owns the ATM. Also, like most online banks, MemoryBank does not charge customers any monthly fees, and the EarnMore Account has no minimum balance requirements.
Deposits at MemoryBank are held and FDIC-insured by its parent bank, Republic Bank and Trust Company of Louisville, KY.
Keeping your rainy day fund in a credit union offering .01% interest is nuts. I've banked and managed investments online for years, but I needed a high yield savings account. It was very easy to set up my account. You need to provide lots of data, but that's just post-9/11 banking. I needed access to some of my money in an increment that was larger than the baseline maximum allowable daily withdraw amount. I studied the website but was stumped, so I called customer service. I spoke with an extremely gracious, courteous bank representative who walked me through my options and solved my problem in less than an hour. Great service, great rate, I highly recommend.
Even though it is not stated anywhere on their website, their customer service representative told us the following about the ways that money can be withdrawn from this account: The account does not offer any paper checks or a debit card. Outgoing wire transfers are not allowed without special approval from their management. Outgoing ACH transfers are allowed, with limits of $2000 per day and $8000 per 30-day period, for the initial 30 days. After the initial 30 days, you can request that these limits be raised to a maximum of $10,000 per day and $20,000 per 30-day period. You can also withdraw money using one of the ATMs in the networks they participate in, or by requesting that a free cashier's check be mailed to you. Total withdrawals on this account, without incurring fees, are limited to 6 per statement cycle.
I set up a money market account to draft my checking account (at another bank). I could not see the new bank account on my login and I called to see what the problem was. The phone rep told me the account would be visible and funded the next day. (The other bank's account had shown a withdrawal the day before I called.) The next day I called since the account was visible but not funded. I called again and they told me that it was 7 business days before I could see the money in the new account. There was no notice that they would hold the deposit for 8 days. So, they've demonstrated incompetence (two CSRs say different things) and greed (at holding deposits for 7 days.) Better to do business elsewhere.
|FDIC Certificate #||23627|
|Return on Assets - YTD||2.24%|
|Return on Equity - YTD||18.54%|
|Annual Interest Income||$82.5MM|
|Assets and Liabilities|
|Assets||Q1 2019vs Q1 2018||$5.36B$5.07B|
|Loans||Q1 2019vs Q1 2018||$4.27B$4.01B|
|Deposits||Q1 2019vs Q1 2018||$3.87B$3.82B|
|Equity Capital||Q1 2019vs Q1 2018||$653.1MM$589.3MM|
|Loan Loss Allowance||Q1 2019vs Q1 2018||$58.0MM$52.3MM|
|Unbacked Noncurrent Loans||Q1 2019vs Q1 2018||$15.6MM$16.1MM|
|Real Estate Owned||Q1 2019vs Q1 2018||$216.00K$160.00K|
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* The APY shown varies based on the deposit amount. Expand the listing to see APYs for other deposit amounts.
|APY||MIN||MAX||ACCOUNT NAME||VIEW DETAILS|
|2.45%*||-||$1m||Online Money Market Account|
|OTHER TIERS: 0.01% → $1m+|
|APY||MIN||MAX||ACCOUNT NAME||VIEW DETAILS|
|1.60%*||-||$250k||EarnMore Checking Account|
|OTHER TIERS: 0.05% → $250k+|
MemoryBank is an Internet only bank and does not have branch locations. Its headquarters is located at 601 West Market Street - Louisville, KY 40202