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Ally Bank VS CommunityWide FCU

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
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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: 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
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.

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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