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5 Star Bank VS My eBanc

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
Savings/MMA
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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: 3.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 3.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • Competitive rates on all accounts
  • Interest rates not tiered
  • Accounts entirely online
  • Check writing for MMA and checking

Cons:

  • Minimum opening deposit high
  • Money market and checking have fees
  • Limited personal deposit accounts
  • No business accounts available
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.

My eBanc Review

Every My eBanc account offers competitive interest rates. The rates are much higher than typical brick and mortar bank rates. The accounts are personal deposit checking and money market account and CDs. My eBanc offers regular CDs, jumbo, and one fixed rate CD.

The account interest rates at My eBanc are not tiered. There is not a required balance to earn the most competitive interest rate. Any amount in the account earns the competitive interest rate. However, the money market and checking account do have a monthly fee if the balance falls under $5,000.

My eBanc accounts are entirely online. Everything for your account is done through the website or mobile app. Make deposits through electronic transfers or by mailing in a check. There is only one branch location in Florida.

The My eBanc money market accounts and checking accounts allow you to write checks and have a debit card. The money market account only allows for six withdrawals each month. The checking account has unlimited check writing options with no charge. Your first 50 checks are free.

The minimum deposit required to open My eBanc accounts is high. The checking, money market, and regular CDs all require $5,000 to open. The jumbo CDs require $100,000. The Flex Time Deposit CD requires $10,000 to open.

The money market and checking account have a monthly fee. The fee for both accounts is $15 monthly. Waive both of those fees if you keep an average daily balance of more than $5,000. You still earn interest on amounts under $5,000, but your earnings will be cut into by the fee.

There are limited accounts offered through My eBanc. Only personal deposit accounts are available. My eBanc offers one checking account and one money market account. There are five different term lengths of CDs. Those same terms are available in jumbo CDs. One fixed rate CD is offered.

My eBanc does not offer any business accounts. Only personal deposit accounts are available. Personal deposit checking and money market accounts and some CDs are offered.

Read the full My eBanc review.

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