PurePoint Financial is dedicated to deposit accounts, and it currently offers some of the highest savings account rates and CD rates in the country. According to its inaugural press release, PurePoint was founded, in light of a very poor savings rate in the United States, for the sake of committed savers. For this reason, the institution currently limits its banking product offerings to savings accounts and Certificates of Deposits (CDs). In addition to funding their personal deposit accounts via mobile deposit, check, or wire transfers, consumers can easily link their PurePoint accounts to external bank accounts. PurePoint’s CD terms range from 12 to 36 months. At the time of writing, if the CD is funded within 10 days after successfully applying to open the account, the interest rate is guaranteed to be the best rate offered within that same period.
PurePoint Financial is a division of MUFG Union Bank, N.A., itself a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), the fifth-largest financial group in the world as of this writing. Founded in 2017 and headquartered in New York, NY, PurePoint Financial is a hybrid digital bank. Like an online bank, it offers its customers convenient and secure access to their accounts through intuitive online and mobile banking options. However, somewhat like a traditional brick-and-mortar bank, PurePoint offers in-person service and advice through its “Financial Centers” in select markets across the United States. Although these Financial Centers do not provide cash deposits or withdrawals, customers can open accounts and update account information with the help of PurePoint’s trained customer service personnel at these Financial Centers.
This bank is part of MUFG, so you know it's rock solid. I have been with the bank for about 18 months, and it's outshined other banks in transfer times, and ease of use with their web site. It would be cool if they had a mobile app, but it's not a big deal. Links nicely into Mint.com and they call me to confirm large transfers. Like most banks today, they provide the extra layer of security with multi factor authentication for transfers. I have given up a little extra interest at other banks I found on this website, for the convenience of fast transfer, solid web experience, and peace of mind.
I have had an on line account with PurePoint for 16 months and have been nothing but satisfied. No issues opening the account, no issues transferring money into nor out of account, and in large sums.
I am writing the review since I saw more than one person mention that they had issues with PurePoint outgoing transfers. I have transferred out 4 or 5 times this year, and all in amounts over $100,000. NO issues, no questions, no hold up.
I also cannot be more pleased with their processing of incoming transfers. They actually credit my funds when I enter the request on line vs waiting for the funds to actually hit the account. Folks, you just don't get any better than that.
Highest interest rate out there, ease of transfers, and awesome phone service. Just not sure what else anyone could want.
opened a savings account and received an email that the transfer of funds was initiated at 12:27 pm on 2/28. thought all went smoothly as the funds showed in the account. then before going to bed, checked email and discovered that a 2nd transfer, that we did not authorize, was initiated at 9:07 pm for the exact same amount. our account now shows double the money it should, and the account from which the money was funded (pnc) is going to be overdrawn. unfortunately, customer service will not be available until 8 am.
it is now 3/1. i have been on the phone this morning for 4 hrs. over and over, i was told (by scott m) that we initiated a 2nd transfer request at 9:07 pm. however, during a 3-way call with pnc and purepoint rep heather, the pnc rep stated that 2 duplicate transactions were sent by purepoint to them at 6:36.17. finally, after 3 hrs and 45 minutes, the call was escalated. in the end, absolutely nothing can be done to stop the duplicate pending transaction. supervisor martena promised that purepoint will reject the 2nd transaction when it comes back to them tomorrow and they will pay all insufficient fund fees to pnc.
and the saga continues. it is now 5:30 pm and i just got a call from adam w the managing director of client services for purepoint. finally an apology and an admission of fault! he said they had identified the problem--a systematic error that he claims has never happened before in the 100s of accounts they have previously opened. interestingly, he thought the duplicate transaction had been put on hold and i had to inform him that it was still pending and that it was going to go through with insufficient funds. stay tuned to see if this mess is finally resolved.
this will be my last post. purepoint was to reject the duplicate transaction when it came to them on the morning of 3/2. i received a call that this did take place. it did not! it is still unclear to me exactly what happened, but i believe they accepted the transaction and then wired the money back to pnc. this action then set off a whole other chain of events that affected a cd which had simultaneously been opened at purepoint. so on march 3 (a friday) at around 8-8:30 pm there was another 3-way call with managers at pnc and purepoint. i now need to reapply for the purepoint cd as that money ended up back at pnc too.
i have got to hand it to purepoint for their customer service. i have the personal phone no. of a manager and he wants this to end as much as i. they however are unwilling to accept fault. i was repeatedly told that i had made the 2 transfers. then after the 1st 3-way call with pnc, i got a call saying that purepoint's IT people had found a systematic error. but the next day, it was back to i had made the duplicate transfers.
word of warning: do not open a purepoint savings account and a cd simultaneously unless you have online banking set up at your bank. i did not. i had 2 purepoint applications open, one for the cd and one for the savings account and that is where i believe the problem began.
and one final word of advice to scott m, the 1st customer service rep to whom i spoke. never ever say to a woman, "this is a joint account, would you prefer i speak to your husband."
update: 1 wk later, i received a much appreciated handwritten apology from Pierre Habis, President of Purepoint.
My experience banking with Purepoint Financial was not pleasant and found the bank on shaky ground. So was looking online for a bank who could provide me with a higher savings rate than the one I used to get an Ally Bank and found Purepoint to be providing one of the highest at the time. Upon finding out that the bank is FDIC insured I transferred all my savings into the bank. Used the services for more than a month and upon founding out there other banks are providing a better interest rate, decided to make a transfer. Just few hours into making a transfer, I got a call from the Fraud Division at the bank. I assumed since it is a big amount, they wanted to make sure that it has been authorized by me. But to my horror, the lady from the division started asking questions like Why are you making the transfer, You are not supposed to make such a huge transfer, you got to have majority of the balance in your account for atleast 2 months before you make such a huge transaction. She mentioned that it is in the fine print of the terms and conditions when you open an account
I was quite literally baffled and upset about all these questions which made absolutely no sense.
All I know is that me as a savings account customer, cannot make more than 6 transactions a month which I never exceeded.
There was clearly no logic or rule to what Purepoint was saying.
It was my legit money and only I decide when and where I need to use it and transfer.
I had a heated conversation telling Purepoint the same and she finally said we would allow this transaction only once.
Since all my savings was with them, I obviously did not wanted to get into a argument after she agreed to it. Otherwise I was so inclined to sue this bank for telling me all what they did and giving me a scare.
If I wanted to keep my funds for an extended period of time, I would keep it in a CD and not a savings account.
After that transfer, had few grand still left in the account. Quickly transferred that sum to another month starting next month since I had used all the 6 transactions for that month and removed all of my funds from it.
All I could think from the experience is that Purepoint Financial would not have many customer accounts with huge funds and any big transaction would shake their calculation on liquidity which they are supposed to have.
I would recommend staying away from this bank if one has $50K plus funds and savvy people who would immediately transfer to another bank if a better interest rate is available.
While using the account though, did not have any difficulties. Even though they do not have an app, it works fine with their online internet portal.
But all in all, please STAY AWAY FROM PUREPOINT FINANCIAL.
ITS NOT A SOLID BANK
|FDIC Certificate #||22826|
|Return on Assets - YTD||0.81%|
|Return on Equity - YTD||6.14%|
|Annual Interest Income||$4.01B|
|Assets and Liabilities|
|Assets||Q4 2018vs Q4 2017||$130.8B$118.5B|
|Loans||Q4 2018vs Q4 2017||$85.23B$78.36B|
|Deposits||Q4 2018vs Q4 2017||$92.19B$86.66B|
|Equity Capital||Q4 2018vs Q4 2017||$15.38B$16.40B|
|Loan Loss Allowance||Q4 2018vs Q4 2017||$450.1MM$434.4MM|
|Unbacked Noncurrent Loans||Q4 2018vs Q4 2017||$458.2MM$442.9MM|
|Real Estate Owned||Q4 2018vs Q4 2017||$1.4MM$387.00K|
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|2.90%||$10k||-||36 Month Online CD|
|2.90%||$10k||-||30 Month Online CD|
|2.80%||$10k||-||24 Month Online CD|
|2.75%||$10k||-||12 Month Online CD|
|2.70%||$10k||-||18 Month Online CD|
|2.70%||$10k||-||15 Month Online CD|
|2.50%||$10k||-||13 Month Online No-Penalty CD|
|2.25%||$10k||-||14 Month Online No-Penalty CD|
|2.20%||$10k||-||6 Month Online CD|
|2.15%||$10k||-||11 Month Online No-Penalty CD|
PurePoint Financial is an Internet only bank and does not have branch locations. Its headquarters is located at 1251 Avenue of the Americas - New York, NY 10020-1104