Connecticut-based Patriot Bank is once again accepting applications for its Online Money Market, which is available on a nearly nationwide basis. Unfortunately, the promotional rate and guarantee period have gone down quite a bit since I first wrote about this promotion in January. It’s definitely not the deal that it used to be. In today’s environment, I think most readers will want a much longer guarantee period. Nevertheless, I thought it was important to provide an update on this promotion. The Online Money Market currently earns 1.75% APY on all balances, with the APY guaranteed through April 30, 2020. When the promotional rate expires on May 1, 2020, the prevailing Money Market rate will apply. A $100 minimum opening deposit of new money (funds not currently on deposit with Patriot Bank) is required and the account holder may not have had an existing Patriot Bank money market account in the past 30 days.
For those not familiar with the Online Money Market account, here’s a synopsis of its recent history:
- January 8, 2.26% APY, rate guaranteed through 6/30/2020
- January 15, 2.00% APY, no rate guarantee
- January 24, 2.21% APY, rate guaranteed through 7/31/2020
- January 31, 2.00% APY, rate guaranteed through 7/31/2020
- March 20, 1.75% APY, rate guaranteed through 4/30/2020
There is no monthly maintenance fee or account opening fee. If the Online Money Market is closed within 90 days of opening, there is a $25 early closure fee. There is an Excessive Transaction Fee of $20 for each transaction beyond the six allowed per month. In addition,
If you exceed the transaction limits on more than an occasional basis, we may revoke your privileges on that account of we may convert your savings account to another type of account, such as a checking account.
According to the FAQs section,
Q. – Can I really access my money at anytime?
Being a digital customer does not mean you can’t access your funds. Simply link your Patriot Bank Account to your account(s) at other financial institutions and setup a one-time or recurring electronic transfer or, if you prefer, you can also call us and request a check made out to you.
Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, Patriot Bank’s primary market area includes Connecticut and New York, with branches along the Connecticut coast line and in Westchester County, New York.
Patriot Bank’s Online Money Market can be opened by nearly all US citizens/resident aliens, with the exception of those who live in Connecticut or New York. As the name suggests, opening an Online Money Market can only be done online.
Patriot Bank has temporarily closed its branch lobbies to the public in response to COVID-19, but,
branch staff is available for transactions that cannot be completed at a Live Banker ATM by appointment, Monday through Friday, 9AM-5PM; for Safe Deposit box access, Bank Checks/Money Orders, New Account Opening, and change orders.
Patriot Bank has an overall health rating of "C+" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 24.05% (average), based on December 31, 2019 data. Patriot Bank has an above average capitalization level (10.77%), the result of holding $981.06 million in assets, with $105.64 million in equity. Please refer to our financial overview of Patriot Bank (FDIC Certificate # 33928) for more details.
Founded in 1994, Patriot Bank is currently the 14th largest bank in Connecticut, with total deposits in excess of $818 million. Believing “a well-connected community is a strong community,” Patriot Bank financed the restoration of the century-old Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, Connecticut. Opened in 1915 as the Globe Theatre, this former vaudeville theater is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Opened in 2017, the Wall Street Theater is the centerpiece of a major inner-city redevelopment in Norwalk’s Wall Street Historic District.
How the Money Market Compares
When compared to 130 nationally available Money Market Accounts tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a minimum balance of $10k or less, Patriot Bank's Money Market APY currently ranks fifth.*
|Interest Rate||Account Name||Credit Union/Bank|
|2.02% APY||Superior Money Market (no min/$25k max)||Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union|
|1.97% APY||Person Money Market ($10k min/no max)||Prime Alliance Bank|
|1.85% APY||High Yield Money Market (no min/no max)||Prime Alliance Bank|
|1.80% APY||Money Market ($100 min/no max)||CIT Bank|
|1.75% APY||Online Money Market ($100 min/no max)||Patriot Bank|
The above rates are accurate as of 3/23/2020.
To search for the best Money Market Account rates, either nationwide or state specific, please refer to DA’s Money Market Account Rates Table page.
*While we are working hard to keep our rates updated, there are just too many rate cuts for us to process quickly. For the time being, please be aware that the rates listed at DepositAccounts may not reflect the latest rates published by the banks and credit unions.