Competitive CD and Reward Checking Rates at Northstar Bank of Texas - Local Only

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Update 8/19/2011: The 33-month CD is no longer listed at the bank's website.

Northstar Bank of Texas often has some good CD deals. The latest one is a 33-month CD with a 2.08% APY. Minimum deposit is $1,000. This rate is listed in the bank's rates page as of 8/18/2011.

As a comparison to internet banks on 8/18/2011, the best 3-year CD rate is 1.90% APY at Airbanking. The best 3-year CD rate at a credit union with easy membership is 2.08% APY at University FCU.

Reward Checking Account

Northstar Bank of Texas continues to offer an attractive high-yield reward checking account called Velocity Checking that pays 3.01% on balances up to $30K as of 8/16/2011. I first reported on this account in March 2009 when the yield was 4.51% for balances up to $50K. For more details please see my Velocity reward checking review. Some changes are in the works with this account. Details were mentioned in this forum thread.

A branch visit is required to open an account. Northstar Bank of Texas branches are located in the northern parts of the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area in the cities of Denton, Argyle, Colleyville, Corinth, Grapevine, Krum, Lake Dallas, Lewisville and Pilot Point.

The bank has an overall health score at DepositAccounts.com of 4 stars (out of 5) with a Texas Ratio of 22.42% (average) based on March 2011 data. Please refer to our financial overview of Northstar Bank of Texas for more details. The bank has been a FDIC member since 1973 (FDIC Certificate # 20935).

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Competitive Short-Term CD and Reward Checking Rates at Northstar Bank of Texas - Local Only

Northstar Bank of Texas continues to offer a good deal on a 7-month CD. The rate has gone down since my August review of this bank, but it's still competitive at 1.25% APY. Minimum deposit is $1,000. This rate is listed in the bank's rates page as of 12/20/2010.

As a comparison to internet banks on 12/20/2010, the best 6-month CD rate is 1.11% APY at Bank of Internet USA.

The bank continues to offer an attractive high-yield reward checking account called Velocity Checking that pays 3.51% on balances up to $50K...



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Competitive CD and Reward Checking Rates at Northstar Bank of Texas - Local Only

Northstar Bank of Texas has some good deals on its CDs. The most competitive one is the 7-month CD which has a 1.50% APY. Other competitive ones include a 1.75% APY 18-month CD and a 2.25% APY 36-month CD. Minimum deposit is $1,000. These rates are listed in the bank's rates page as of 8/04/2010.

The bank continues to offer an attractive high-yield reward checking account called Velocity Checking that pays 3.45% on balances up to $50K as of 8/04/2010. I first reported on this account in March 2009 when the...

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High-Yield Reward Checking Account at Northstar Bank of Texas

Update 3/17/11: The top rate has risen from 3.51% to 4.01% APY but the rate cap has fallen from $50K to $30K.

Northstar Bank of Texas is offering a reward checking account called Velocity Checking. It pays 4.01% APY on balances up to $30,000 (0.50% for above) and refunds ATM fees if the following monthly requirements are met:

  • 10 debit card purchases
  • one direct deposit or ACH transaction
  • log onto StarNet Online Banking
  • receive electronic statements

If these are not met, the rate falls to 0.10%. Minimum opening deposit is $100. There is no minimum balance...



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