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AloStar VS E*TRADE

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: 3.0 Star Icon
2.10%APY
Savings/MMA
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Pros:

  • Low opening required amounts
  • Interest rates not tiered
  • ATM fee reimbursement
  • Savings accounts offer competitive rates

Cons:

  • Accounts have monthly fees
  • Limited personal accounts offered
  • Checking account interest rates low
  • Business accounts limited
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.

E*TRADE Review

E*TRADE accounts have low opening amounts required to open their accounts. The E*TRADE and Max-Rate checking and Premium savings account all require only $100 to open.

The interest rates for E*TRADE Bank accounts are not tiered. The Max-Rate checking account does require a $5,000 balance to earn interest. Any amount above $5,000 earns the highest interest rate offered. The savings account does not have a set amount. Any balance earns the most competitive interest rate.

E*TRADE Bank Max-Rate Checking offers unlimited ATM fee reimbursement. E*TRADE will not charge a fee for money withdrawn from ATMs across the nation. If the owner of the ATM charges a fee, the fee reimbursement will be automatically deposited into your account. The basic E*TRADE checking account does not offer ATM fee reimbursement.

The E*TRADE Bank savings account offers competitive interest rates. This account has rates competitive with other online accounts. They are much higher than typical brick and mortar bank rates. Any account balance earns the most competitive rate.

Most E*TRADE Bank accounts have a monthly fee. The fees range from $10 to $15 a month depending on the account. There are a variety of ways to waive the monthly fee. Keeping a set account balance in one account or an average in multiple accounts waives the fees. Making a set amount of trades can also help waive the fees. The basic E*TRADE checking account does not have a monthly fee.

The types of personal accounts offered through E*TRADE Bank are limited to new customers. Those accounts include a savings account and two checking accounts. More accounts may be available once you become a customer.

The Max-Rate checking account with E*TRADE Bank earns interest, but the rates are low. The interest rates are not competitive with other online checking accounts. You must have a balance of $5,000 in the Max-Rate checking account to earn any interest.

E*TRADE offers limited accounts for small businesses. They do not offer traditional accounts for small or commercial businesses. The accounts offered to small businesses include retirement accounts.

Read the full E*TRADE review.

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