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5 Star Bank VS CommunityWide FCU

Which bank is better for you?

  • Financial Rates: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 4.0 Star Icon
0.20%APY
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Pros:

  • Variety of different accounts offered
  • Low opening required amounts
  • Reimbursement for ATM fees
  • No monthly fees or minimum balances

Cons:

  • Money market account has tiered rates
  • Must meet requirements to earn interest
  • Daily debit card limits
  • Higher balances earn lower rates
  • Financial Rates: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 4.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • Accounts offer competitive rates
  • Low opening amounts for most accounts
  • Variety of accounts offered
  • Funds Savings Account

Cons:

  • Must join the credit union first
  • CDs have high opening required amounts
  • No ATM fee reimbursement
  • Checking account has a monthly fee
5 Star Bank Review

5Star Bank offers a variety of personal deposit and business accounts. There are three different personal checking accounts. One that earns interest, one earns cash back, and one rewards you for shopping online. 5Star Bank offers a savings account, money market account, and different CD terms. Business accounts include checking, money market accounts, CDs, and loans.

5Star Bank has low amounts required to open their accounts. Each of the different checking accounts only require $50 to open. The Kasasa savings account does not have a set amount required when opening. Both the money market account and the different CD terms each require $1,000 to open.

There are no fees to use 5Star ATMs. 5Star Bank will refund up to $20 each month in ATM fees for each of their checking accounts. ATM transactions do not count toward the required debit card transactions to earn interest or rewards.

Most all 5Star Bank accounts do not have monthly maintenance fee. Each of the different checking accounts is free, as well as the savings account. The money market account has a $5 fee, which is waived by keeping at least $1,000 in the account. The different term CDs do not have monthly fees.

To earn the most competitive rates for the money market account requires a large sum. To earn the best rate, you must have a balance of $250,000 in the account. Any balance over $1,000 does earn interest, but a lower rate. The rates gradually increase the more money you have in the account.

5Star Bank checking accounts have requirements you must meet to earn competitive rates. Those requirements include enrolling in online banking and receiving eStatements. You must also make at least 12 debit card purchases each month. ATM withdrawals or account transfers do not count toward those purchases. If you do not meet the requirements for the month, you will not earn the competitive interest rate. The 5Star Bank savings account has the same requirements to earn interest.

5Star limits the amount of money that you can use with your debit card. The limit for point of sale purchases is $1,000 per day. The limit for ATM withdrawals for each day is $300.

Once you reach $25,000 in the savings or checking account the interest rates drop. Any amount under that balance will earn the competitive rates. Any amount over that earn a much lower rate.

Read the full 5 Star Bank review.

CommunityWide FCU Review

Accounts at CommunityWide offer competitive interest rates. The rates are competitive with other online accounts. CommunityWide rates are much higher than typical bank rates. Their rates are not tiered. Any balance above the required amount earns competitive interest rates.

Most CommunityWide accounts have low opening required amounts. The savings accounts require $5 to open. The checking accounts requires $15 or $25 to open. To earn interest on these accounts you must have $500 in the account, but not to open the account.

CommunityWide offers a wide variety of accounts. They offer personal savings and checking accounts, and CDs. Their CD terms range from six months to five years. They offer IRA accounts, auto loans, personal loans, and other types of loans.

A Funds Savings Account is available through CommunityWide. This account acts as a savings account but earns a higher interest rate. Members can only withdraw money deposited in the account at specific times. You can choose whether to withdraw the money monthly or quarterly. Money can be deposited into the Funds Savings Account anytime.

Before you can open an account with CommunityWide, you must become a member of the credit union. To be eligible to join you must have worked for a certain company or be a spouse of someone who has. Members of certain organizations are eligible. Immediate family members of CommunityWide members qualify to open an account. Once you qualify, you must present a valid government issued ID and your social security number to open an account.

To open a CD with CommunityWide has a high opening required amount. Each of the CD terms requires $2,000 to open. The CDs ranges from six-month terms to sixty-month terms. Each term offers a competitive interest rate.

CommunityWide Federal Credit Union does not offer ATM fee reimbursement. They offer over 30,000 ATMs that are free for members to use. If you make a transaction with another ATM not in their network, you may be charged a fee. CommunityWide will not reimburse you that fee.

The CommunityWide checking account has a monthly fee. The fee is $2.95 each month. Customers can waive this fee by having a direct deposit into the account. You can also waive the fee by keeping a daily balance of $5,000 in the account. The savings accounts require $5 to avoid a monthly fee.

Read the full CommunityWide FCU review.

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