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AloStar VS Connexus Credit Union

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

  • Competitive interest rates
  • No monthly maintenance fees
  • ATM fee reimbursements
  • Variety of accounts available

Cons:

  • Must become a member
  • CDs have high opening required amounts
  • Tiered interest rates for money market
  • Requirements for checking interest rates
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.

Connexus Credit Union Review

The interest rates for most Connexus accounts are competitive. Their CD and checking accounts offer rates competitive with other online accounts. These rates are much higher than typical brick and mortar bank rates. The Connexus saving accounts do not offer rates competitive with other online accounts.

The personal deposit accounts with Connexus do not have monthly maintenance fees. There are no required amounts to keep in accounts to avoid fees. The checking, money market, and savings accounts are completely free. The HAS account has a fee and the business checking account if your balance falls below $200.

Two Connexus checking accounts offer ATM fee reimbursement. ATM transactions are free at any Connexus ATM. The Xtraordinary checking allows for six free ATM withdrawals from non-Connexus ATMs. The MyRewards allows four ATM withdrawals. If you exceed this amount, Connexus will reimburse you up to $25 in surcharges each month.

Connexus Credit Union offers a good variety of personal deposit accounts. They offer three checking accounts, money market account, and CDs. They offer a traditional savings account, one for youth, and a holiday savings account. Each of these accounts can open online.

To open Connexus accounts, you must first become a member of the credit union. Employees of certain businesses or residents of certain cities qualify to become members. Relatives of members qualify. You can also become a member with a one-time $5 donation to the Connexus Association. Just because you apply does not mean you qualify to become a member. It can take up to three business days to hear if you are approved or not.

The CD accounts through Connexus Credit Union all have high opening balances. Each of the CD terms requires $5,000 to open. Their CDs include 12, 24, 36, 42, or 60-month terms. There are no fees for these CDs unless you withdraw the money before the CD reaches maturity.

The Connexus money market account has tiered interest rates. To earn the most competitive rates requires an account balance of $100,000. Balances below this amount still earn interest, just not the most competitive rate.

The Connexus checking accounts have set requirements to earn competitive rates. That includes eStatements, one direct deposit, and one online bill payment. You must also make a set amount of debit card transactions each month. If you meet these requirements, you earn the competitive rates. If you do not meet them, you are not charged a fee, you just do not earn the best rates.

Read the full Connexus Credit Union review.

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