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AloStar VS Dime Community Bank

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: 4.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • Low opening required balances
  • MMA and some CDs offer competitive rates
  • Variety of different types of accounts
  • Business accounts are available

Cons:

  • Cannot open all accounts online
  • Most account rates are not competitive
  • Some accounts have a monthly fee
  • Branch locations only in New York
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.

Dime Community Bank Review

Most Dime accounts have a low amount required to open an account. All the checking accounts only require $25 to open. The money market account requires $1,000, and CDs require $500. The club savings accounts only require $5 to open.

The money market account offers competitive interest rates. There is no monthly fee for the Dime money market account. This account requires $1,000 to open. You can open the money market account online. Online and mobile banking are available. Some of the CDs offer competitive interest rates, but not all the terms.

Dime offers a variety of different types of accounts. They offer personal and student savings accounts. A money market account and specific Club savings accounts are available. Dime offers four different checking accounts and many different CD terms. This allows you to find the accounts that best fit your financial needs.

Dime offers many business accounts. Savings, checking, and money market accounts are available for businesses. CDs and lines of credit are available. Business account holders have access to different money management options. Online and mobile banking are also available for business accounts.

You cannot open all Dime accounts online. To open a CD, you must visit a branch location. To open a checking account, you can call customer service or visit a local branch. The Dime money market account can be opened online.

Most of the interest rates offered through Dime are not competitive. The interest rates are similar to typical brick and mortar rates. Only the MMA and a few CDs offer interest rates that are competitive with online-only accounts.

Some Dime accounts have a monthly fee. The fees range from $4 to $10 a month. The Dime savings account has a fee. The Prime Dime Interest checking account also has a fee. This checking account earns the highest interest rates of the checking accounts. Waive the account fees by keeping $500 in the savings account and $1,500 in the checking.

To open some Dime accounts, you must visit a branch location. All the branch locations are in New York. If you don’t live close to a branch, you are not able to open those accounts.

Read the full Dime Community Bank review.

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