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.
Fidelity Bank offers a good selection of personal accounts. Those include:
The opening required amounts for Fidelity Bank accounts are low. The checking accounts and children's savings account require $25 to open. The statement savings account requires $100 to open. The CD terms require $500 to open.
ATM transactions made at Fidelity Bank ATMs are free of fees. Transactions made at other ATMs may have a fee. The Relationship and Legacy checking accounts waive the fees of foreign ATM transactions. You must meet the requirements to open these accounts.
The Health Savings Account offers good rates. It offers the highest interest rate out of the Fidelity Bank savings accounts. To earn the highest interest rate for the HSA, you must have $15,000 in the account.
The Superior MMA has tiered interest rates. To earn the highest rate, you must have at least $250,000 in the account. Balances below that amount earn interest, just not the highest rate. Even the highest interest rate is not competitive with other online accounts.
To open an account with Fidelity Bank, you must visit a branch location. They do not offer online account applications. They have branch locations in Kansas.
The money market accounts have high opening required amounts. The Personal MMA requires $2,500 to open. The High Interest savings account also requires $2,500 to open. The Superior MMA requires $10,000 to open.
The interest rates for Fidelity Bank accounts are low. They are not competitive with other online-only accounts. Some accounts offer rates slightly higher than typical banks. Most account rates are competitive with typical bank rates.