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5 Star Bank VS DCU

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
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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: 4.0 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:

  • Variety of accounts offered
  • Competitive interest rates for savings
  • Only one DCU account has a fee
  • Low opening required amounts

Cons:

  • Must become a member first
  • Tiered interest rates on MMA
  • High balances to earn interest
  • Only one withdrawal per month for Ltd
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.

DCU Review

Digital Federal Credit Union offers a wide variety of personal deposit accounts. They offer a savings, money market, and holiday savings accounts. They offer two checking accounts and a variety of CD terms, including jumbo and rate bump CDs. Once you become a member of DCU, you can open any of these accounts online. DCU also offers business accounts.

The primary savings account offers competitive interest rates. For the first $1,000, you earn a very high interest rate. Any amount over $1,000 earns a lower rate. Between the two rates, the account earns competitive interest rates. The primary savings account is the account you must open to become a member of DCU.

Only the DCU Dividend Checking account has a monthly fee. All other accounts do not have a monthly fee. The amount required to keep in the checking account to waive the monthly fee is $2,500. The other DCU accounts do not have a required amount to keep in the account to avoid a fee.

The required amounts to open DCU accounts are low. The highest amount required to open a checking or savings account is $5. To earn interest for some accounts requires a larger balance. However, to open the accounts does not have a high required amount. The CDs require $100 or $500, depending on the CD. The jumbo CDs do require $25,000 to open.

To open an account with DCU, you must become a member of the credit union. To become a member requires opening a Primary Savings Account with at least a $5 balance. Once you open that account and become a member, you can open any other DCU account.

The DCU money market account has tiered interest rates. To earn the most competitive interest rates requires a large balance. The most competitive rate requires a balance of at least $100,000. Lower balances earn interest, just not the most competitive rate.

The Ltd savings account through DCU has a high required balance to earn interest. This account requires a balance of $25,000 to earn any interest. Any balance over $25,000 earns the most competitive rate, but balances below do not earn any interest.

Only one free withdrawal is allowed each month from the Ltd savings account. For every other withdrawal, there is a fee of $25 per withdrawal. To earn interest on this account requires a balance of $25,000. There is no required amount to open the account.

Read the full DCU review.

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