5 Star Bank VS M.Y. Safra Bank, FSB

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: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 3.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • Low opening required amounts
  • MYSB Direct CDs
  • CDs have competitive interest rates
  • Business accounts offered

Cons:

  • Accounts have monthly fees
  • CDs have high opening requires amounts
  • Most competitive rates require large sum
  • Must open MYSB Direct CD before MMA
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.

M.Y. Safra Bank, FSB Review

M.Y. Safra Bank has low opening required amounts for their personal deposit accounts. Their basic checking account only requires $25 to open. The rest of their checking, savings, and money market accounts all only require $100 to open. Their business accounts only require $100 to open as well.

M.Y. Safra Bank offers online-only CDs through their online division called MYSB Direct. The CDs earn competitive interest rates. The 12-month, 36-month, and 60-month CDs earn rates higher than the national average. Each of the CDs requires $5,000 to open. You can open a CD no matter which state you live in.

CDs through M.Y. Safra Bank offer competitive rates. The classic CDs require $5,000 to open. Their rates are higher than other brick and mortar banks. They are competitive with online accounts. The rates for the jumbo CDs are only slightly higher than the classic CD rates. The jumbo CDs require $100,000 to open.

M.Y. Safra Bank offers business accounts. These accounts include checking, money market, and savings account. Business CDs are also offered. The opening balances for most business accounts are $100. However, to waive the monthly fee requires much higher balances. Those balances range from $1,000 to $5,000 depending on the account.

All M.Y. Safra Bank accounts have a monthly fee. The fees for personal deposit accounts range from $3 to $20 a month. Business accounts have fees ranging from $10 to $25 a month depending on the account. To waive the monthly fees requires an average monthly balance in the accounts. Those balances range from $1,000 to $5,000. The basic personal checking account has a $3 monthly fee that cannot be waived.

CDs through M.Y. Safra Bank have high required amounts. Each of the different terms requires $5,000 to open. The terms range from 30-days to 84-month CDs. M.Y. Safra Bank offers jumbo CDs. Those require $100,000 to open. The CDs through MYSB Direct require $5,000 to open.

The highest interest rates on M.Y. Safra personal deposit accounts requires large balances. The most competitive rates for personal and business checking require $250,000. The savings and money market accounts also require $250,000. Lower amounts earn interest, but the rates are not competitive.

MYSB Direct offers an online money market account and CDs. If you are not a resident of New York, you must open a CD first. Once the CD is open and funded, you can open the money market account. This account earns competitive interest rates for any balance under $500,000. Any amount over $500,000 earns a much lower rate. Both accounts require $5,000 to open.

Read the full M.Y. Safra Bank, FSB review.

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