Ally Bank VS First Bank

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

  • Checking account for 55 and older
  • Anywhere Accounts
  • Business accounts offered
  • Variety of personal products offered

Cons:

  • Accounts have fees
  • Online banking is not free
  • Accounts not offered everywhere
  • Low-interest rates
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.

First Bank Review

FirstBank offers a checking account for anyone over 55 years old. This account earns interest. There is no minimum balance to earn interest or required to keep in the account. This account does not have any fees, and direct deposit is not required.

The Anywhere Accounts are a savings and checking account. Both of these accounts do not have monthly fees. There is no minimum balance required to keep in the account. You can sign up to have money from transactions rounded up to the nearest dollar. The difference is deposited into your Anywhere eSave Savings account. Those transactions include debit transactions, bill pay, or other electronic transfers.

FirstBank offers accounts for businesses. Checking and money market accounts are available. There is a checking account offered specifically for nonprofits. There are no fees for the nonprofit checking and the basic business checking. The other accounts have a monthly fee.

Not just personal deposit accounts are available at FirstBank. Personal credit cards, home equity loans, and personal construction loans are available. Health Savings Accounts and accounts to help save for college are also offered.

Most FirstBank accounts have a monthly fee. The fees range from $5 to $20. The debit card has a yearly fee of $10. You are only allowed 25 deposits into the eSave Savings account per month. You are charged $0.10 for each item over 25.

Account interest rates at FirstBank are not competitive with other online banks. The interest rates are similar to your typical bank rates.

FirstBank offers products and accounts in Arizona, California, and Colorado. They have over 115 branch locations in these three states with over 200 ATMs. To open an account, you must live in one of these three states.

Online banking with FirstBank is only free if you sign up to receive electronic statements. The fee is $3 each month if you do not sign up. The money will be automatically withdrawn from your checking account on the first day of each month. If you want to receive paper statements, you must keep $10,000 in FirstBank accounts to waive the monthly fee.

Read the full First Bank review.

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