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Meadows Credit Union is offering 4% APY on its Savy Checking account with $5K of new money along with direct deposit. The rate is guaranteed to last to June 30, 2005. The rate goes down to 2.50% without direct deposit.

Meadows has a physical branch at Arlington Heights, Illinois where you can visit, and it's also a member of the CU Service Center Network. Meadows is one of the few credit unions which has easy eligibility requirements. Actually, it has the easiest. Having an email address qualifies you for membership (Refer to my previous post about Meadows and other credit unions with easy eligibility requirements.)

A high-interest rate checking account may be useful for those who keep a large average balance to pay off many expenses. You might not want to constantly transfer money to and from high-yield savings accounts. Also, the transfers can take a day or two to go through. If you average $5K in your checking account during the year, a 4% checking account will pay $200 per year.

Other High Interest Checking Accounts

There are other high interest checking accounts that have been around for awhile. One of the highest is from Presidential Bank. It also has a 4% APY checking account. The 4% applies only to the first $25K. One important note about Presidential is that its rates are not promotional rates. Presidential has offered very high checking account rates for years. The rate on Meadow's Savy Checking account could go way down next July. Some advantages of Meadows' checking account over Presidential's include free checks and rebates of ATM fees from other banks.

Three other banks with high-interest rate checking accounts include EverBank, ebank and AmericanBank. Their checking account rates are only around 3% but none of them have direct deposit requirements.

EverBank's FreeNet Checking offers interest rates between 3.01% and 3.40% APY (depending on balance). In addition, it offers an introductory 3-month rate of 4.50% APY. It does offer some rebates for ATM surcharges, but it doesn't offer free checks.

ebank's 3% ePremium Checking has many of the same perks as Meadows. In addition, ePremium Checking customers get a 0.25% rate bonus on CDs. With this rate bonus, a 1-year ebank CD currently has a rate of 4.85% APY with only a $1K minimum deposit requirement.

AmericanBank's 3% American e-Checking doesn't offer free checks. Also, you don't get any CD rate bonuses. AmericanBank has two nice features not offered by the other high-interest-checking banks. It freely offers SecurID Token devices as an extra layer of internet banking security. Also, it has a nice referral program that's similar to ING Direct's program.
Banking Guy
Banking Guy (anonymous)   |     |   Comment #1
I've seen some positive comments about this Meadows Savy Checking account. One free service that's popular is eMoney transfers. You get unlimited inbound and outbound transfers to and from any financial institution. Also, you can use it like PayPal to send money to friends.
Mark Diks
Mark Diks (anonymous)   |     |   Comment #2

In 2003 I invested $25000 in several certificates of deposit with a 5 year term. The yield was 20 percent tax free and fully insured by the Government. Interest was always paid on time and the cd expired last March 2008. One week after the expiration I received the principal amount. Fantastic yield and good service ! The website is: http://themoneymakers.org/englishindex.html
And, to be honest: in the beginning I didn't trust it. The banks are located in the Philippines while I live in the Netherlands, although at this moment I'm in the Philippines enjoying my vacation. But a friend of mine, also a Dutchman, convinced me to take the step. He invested in the same cds in 2002, collected 20% per year and got back his principal in 2007. The point is that consumers in the Philippines don't mind paying 3% interest per month on loans. These are teachers and farmers and the like. That's a whopping 36% per year ! Of course the banks could easily pay 20% per year. Allthough the current rate is 18%. I discovered that the Philippines currently have a very solid banking system and that most banks are much richer than in my country, the Netherlands and in Europe. I have seen annual reports of rural banks showing assets worth billions of Pesos. Logical, because when the customer can't pay back the loan, a collateral is taken by the bank, mostly house and lots.

Mark Diks
Tony Roberts
Tony Roberts (anonymous)   |     |   Comment #3
Coulee Bank ( http://www.couleebank.net ) offers an incredible 6.01% APY with their Rewards Checking account. The rate is easy to earn. All you have to do is make 10 check card transactions a month, use e-statements, and do 1 automatic payment a month (they call it ACH). Coulee Bank pays 6.01% on the first $25,000 and 1.01% on anything above that. The best thing about this account besides the rate is it is FREE, you can apply online, and it is from a great bank with real people that answer the phone. And as they like to say, Banking Green has its Rewards. The Rewards Checking account saves paper and preserves our natural resources. No wonder I feel good about recommending this to everyone I know. Check it out. I guarantee you will love it.