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AloStar VS CommunityWide FCU

Which bank is better for you?

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

  • Competitive interest rates
  • Low required amounts to open CDs
  • Accounts are entirely online
  • Shorter terms offer competitive rates

Cons:

  • Limited personal accounts offered
  • Customer service not available 24/7
  • No checks or debit cards offered
  • Must link to an external bank account
  • 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
AloStar Review

AloStar CDs offer competitive interest rates. The interest rates are competitive with other online CDs. The rates are much higher than typical brick and mortar bank rates.

The CDs at AloStar have low required opening amounts. Each of the CDs require $1,000 to open. To earn the competitive interest rates, you must keep $1,000 in the account. There is not a fee if your balance falls below $1,000, but you will not earn interest on the balance.

CDs with AloStar are entirely online. You apply for the CDs online. Once you open an account, everything for the account is online. There are no branch locations. You can reach customer service by phone or email.

Usually with CDs, the longer the term the higher the interest rate. But, with AloStar some shorter terms offer more competitive rates. The 12-month, 18-month, and 24-month CD terms offer the most competitive rates.

There are limited accounts offered through AloStar. The only accounts offered are CDs. AloStar does not offer checking, savings, or money market accounts. The CD terms offered range from three-month to five-year terms.

AloStar customer service is not always available. You can contact customer service through email. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. On Saturday their hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The AloStar CD accounts do not offer debit cards or checks. The only way to access your money is through electronic transfers. You can transfer money during the grace period or after the CD reaches maturity.

To fund your AloStar CDs you must link the accounts to an external bank account. Once the accounts are linked you can make electronic transfers between the accounts. To avoid a fee, make withdrawals or deposits during the grace period or after the CD reaches maturity.

Read the full AloStar 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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