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Reward Checking Account at First National Community Bank in PA


Update 9/20/10: The top rate has fallen to 0.75% APY. Refer to the bottom of the post for the rate history.

First National Community Bank is offering a reward checking account called Maximum Earnings (ME) Account. It pays 0.75% APY on balances up to $25,000 (0.20% for above) and refunds ATM fees if the following monthly requirements are met:

  • 10 debit card purchases
  • one direct deposit or automatic payment
  • receive electronic statements

If these are not met, the rate falls to 0.05%. Minimum initial deposit is $100. There are no monthly service fees and no minimum balance requirements. One nice perk is free checks

There's an online application that's provided by Andera which allows electronic funding. The application makes it appear that people from any state can apply. I called the bank, but I did not receive a definite answer. The CSR said that anyone could apply, but it may or may not be approved. She didn't know if the application process performed a hard credit inquiry.

Update: I just received a reply by email from the bank that states that accounts can be opened by anyone:

Anyone is welcome to use our online account opening process to apply for an account with FNCB.

The bank also offers an internet savings account called Maximum Earnings Savings Account. It uses the same online application. As of 9/20/10, the online savings account rate is 0.90% APY on all balances. Refer to this post for more details.

The bank is based in Dunmore, Pennsylvania with several branches in the northeast part of the state.

The bank has some strong ratings for safety and soundness: 4 stars (sound) at Bankrate.com and 3.5 stars (good) at BauerFinancial. Both ratings are based on 9/30/08 financial data. The bank has been FDIC insured since 1934 (FDIC Certificate # 7472).

Thanks to the reader who emailed me news of this bank

Other Reward Checking Accounts

To find reward checking accounts in other areas of the nation or to learn more about these accounts, please refer to my High Yield Checking website.

Rate History:

09/20/10: 0.75% APY up to $25K; 0.20% over; 0.05% base rate / ME Savings: 0.90%

01/20/10: 3.04% APY up to $25K; 0.75% over
07/22/09: 4.01% APY up to $25K
03/05/09: 4.51% APY up to $25K, 1.01% over, 0.05% base / ME Savings: 2.75%

Related Pages: First National Community Bank (PA), checking account, reward checking account

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Anonymous   |     |   Comment #1
Why are bank ratings from 9/08? When are they next updated? Thanks.
Banking Guy
Banking Guy (anonymous)   |     |   Comment #2
The FDIC just released data for 12/31/08 last week. Bankrate and BauerFinancial should soon be updating their databases using this FDIC data, probably in the next two weeks.
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #3
The rate has dropped to 4.01% APY.