More than two years ago, Michigan based Northpointe Bank added a new Rewards Checking Account, UltimateAccount, which earned 5.00% APY on qualifying balances up to $5k. Northpointe Bank has recently raised the qualifying balance limit to $10k, while maintaining its 5.00% APY. Qualifying balances over $10k earn 0.10% APY, with non-qualifying balances earning 0.05% APY.
|5.00*%||-||$10k||Northpointe Bank||Ultimate Checking|
|OTHER TIERS: 0.10% → $10k+|
Qualifying Monthly Requirements:
- At least 15 debit card purchases (the $500 minimum total is no longer required)
- Direct deposit or automatic withdrawal of $100 or more
- Enroll in eStatements
The UltimateAccount can be opened with a minimum deposit of $100, and there are no minimum balance requirements or monthly service fees. ATM fees are refunded up to $10 per month, and up to $3 per month for Person-to-person payments (PopMoney) fees, if qualifications are met.
Thanks to DA reader, Josh Dresslove, for his Forum post about the recent changes to the UltimateAccount.
Last September, Northpointe Bank added its UltimateSavings, which earns 1.12%APY on balances of $10k+, with a rate guarantee for “at least 12 months.” The rate guarantee is still in effect.
|1.12*%||$10k||$500k||Northpointe Bank||UltimateSavings Promo|
|OTHER TIERS: 0.15% → Any amount|
According to the fine print on the promo page,
If the balance in the account is less than $10,000 or greater than $500,000,
an interest rate of 0.15% APY will apply to the entire balance in the account.
More detail about the UltimateSavings, including ACH and beneficiary information, can be found in my September 2016 blog post.
Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Northpointe Bank offers its services and product line to U.S. residents in all 50 states who have a valid Social Security number or TIN.
Northpointe Bank has an overall health rating of “A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 6.09% (excellent), as of December 31, 2016. In the past year, Northpointe Bank increased its total deposits by $84.8 million, excellent annual growth rate of 26.98% growth rate. Please refer to our financial overview of Northpointe Bank (FDIC Certificate # 34953) for more details.
A relatively young institution, Northpointe Bank was founded in 1999 by Charles Williams, the current President and CEO. In 2013, Northpointe Bank was ranked by Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) as the number one best performing financial institution in the country among its peers. ICBA also named Northpointe Bank in 2014 as a "top-performing lender, one out of nearly 450 community banks that have been successful in providing loans to individuals, families and small business."
How the UltimateAccount Compares
When compared to the 44 High Yield Reward Checking Accounts tracked by DepositAccounts.com that are available nationally and have a maximum qualifying balance of at least $10k, Northpointe Bank’s UltimateAccount APY currently ranks first.
|Interest Rate||Account Name||Credit Union/Bank|
|5.00% APY||UltimateAccount ($10k max)||Northpointe Bank|
|4.59% APY||Free Rewards Checking-High ($20k max)||Consumers Credit Union|
|4.00% APY||Extreme Checking ($15k max)||Blue Federal Credit Union|
The above rates are accurate as of 5/8/2017.