Ally Bank VS Citizens Access

Which bank is better for you?

  • Financial Rates: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 5.0 Star Icon
2.00%APY
Savings/MMA
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Pros:

  • Ally Card Control app
  • Transferring money is easy through Zelle
  • Ten Day Best Rate Guarantee
  • Online bill pay is free

Cons:

  • Ally does not offer free ATM transactions
  • ATM withdrawal limit is $1,000 per day
  • You cannot deposit cash
  • Cannot transfer money to or from a CD
  • Financial Rates: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 5.0 Star Icon
2.25%APY
Savings/MMA
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Pros:

  • No monthly maintenance fees
  • Competitive interest rates
  • Any account balance earns interest
  • Good variety of CD terms

Cons:

  • High opening required amounts
  • Must link accounts to external bank
  • No ATM or debit cards or checks
  • Limited accounts offered
Ally Bank Review

The Ally app offers the ability to turn your debit card off in case of an emergency or to stop your spending. You can view transactions, set spending or GPS limits, and receive notifications if your card is declined. These different features allow you to stay on top of fraud usage and be in control of spending habits. Once you set up an account with Ally, download the app to get started.

Ally offers a transferring money system called Zelle. The system allows customers to send and receive money from almost anyone in the U.S. Transfers are made using an email address or phone number, and happen within minutes. Split money transfers between up to five people. Zelle handles money requests the same way. Money received is automatically deposited into your Ally Bank account.

For ten days after opening an account, interest rates are guaranteed on non-IRA CDs. If rates change, you receive the better rate. This guarantee applies to CD renewals as well. No minimum amount is required to receive the Ten Day Best Rate Guarantee. Be sure to check the deposit amount as a larger sum will qualify you for a higher interest rate.

Free bill pay comes with every interest checking account. No other registration is needed. Interest checking accounts offer competitive interest rates, no monthly maintenance fees, and can be accessed as often as needed. Customer service can be reached by telephone, chat, secure email, mail, or have a representative call you.

Ally Bank does not offer free transactions at ATMs. However, the bank will refund ATM fees up to $10 a month. There is a daily withdrawal limit of $1,000 from an ATM. Their website provides an ATM and cash locator.

Ally Bank does not accept cash deposits. Fund your account though Ally eCheck Deposit, online transfers, direct deposit, wire transfers, or sending a check in the mail.

You can transfer money between your different accounts. CD accounts, however, are more restrictive. Once you open a CD account, you must wait for the maturity date to add or withdraw money from the account. At maturity, you have a ten-day grace period to make necessary changes without penalty.

Early withdrawal from a CD account will incur a penalty. The initial CD term determines the severity of your penalty. It can be as much as 150 days worth of interest earned.

Read the full Ally Bank review.

Citizens Access Review

Looking for Citizens Bank? Click here for our review on the local bank.

Citizens Access bank accounts do not have any fees. There are no monthly maintenance fees or fees to open the account. The Citizens Access savings account is completely free. The only fee with the CDs comes if you withdraw money before the maturity date.

The online savings account and each of the CD terms earn competitive interest rates. Citizens Access rates are much higher than your typical brick and mortar bank rates. They are competitive with other online accounts. To earn the most competitive rate requires a balance of $5,000 in each account.

Any account balance in the Citizens Access savings account earns interest. If the account balance falls below $5,000 the interest you earn is less, but you still earn interest. To earn the most competitive rate requires a $5,000 balance in the account.

Citizens Access offers a good variety of CD terms. Those terms range from six-month terms to five-years. Each of these CDs requires $5,000 to open. The interest rates are competitive on each term. The longer the CD term, the higher the interest rate.

To open an online savings account or CD with Citizen Access requires a large sum. Each of these accounts requires $5,000 to open the accounts. To earn the most competitive interest rate requires a balance of $5,000.

To transfer money in and out of your Citizens Access account you must link to an external bank account. That account can be a different banking institution. Once you link the accounts, you can transfer money electronically between the two accounts. To withdraw money, you could request a check.

Currently, Citizens Access does not offer ATM cards, debit cards, or checks for their online savings account. Access your money easiest through electronic transfers. You can call customer service to request a check.

Citizens Access has a limited variety of account. Only personal deposit savings account and CDs are available. No personal checking accounts or money market accounts are available. There are no business accounts offered.

Read the full Citizens Access review.

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Savings 12/18/2018
APY 2.25%
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Monthly Fee $0.00
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Capital One 360
MMA 12/18/2018
APY 2.00%
Rate 1.98%
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Monthly Fee $0.00
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Savings 12/18/2018
APY 2.00%
Rate 1.98%
For APY $1
Monthly Fee $0.00
Checkbook No
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E*TRADE Bank
Savings 12/18/2018
APY 1.90%
Rate 1.88%
For APY $1
Monthly Fee $10.00
Checkbook No
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