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AloStar VS KS StateBank

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:

  • Variety of accounts offered
  • Most accounts have low opening amounts
  • Competitive interest rates on accounts
  • No monthly maintenance fees

Cons:

  • Not all accounts are available online
  • MMA has tiered interest rates
  • Jumbo CDs rates same as regular CDs
  • Fee for bank-to-bank transfers
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.

KS StateBank Review

A variety of accounts are available through KS StateBank. They offer a variety of personal deposit accounts. Those accounts include checking accounts, savings and money market accounts, and CDs. KS StateBank offers regular CDs and jumbo CDs. The CD terms range from six months to seven years. They also offer business accounts.

Most KS StateBank accounts have low amounts required to open the accounts. The checking and savings account require $100 to open. The regular CDs require $500 to open. The Jump Up CD requires $1,000 to open, and the MMA requires $2,500. The jumbo CDs do require $100,000 to open.

The Checking Plus account and CDs offer competitive interest rates. The savings and money market accounts offer slightly lower rates. Those rates are still good rates for online accounts. These rates are competitive with other online-only accounts. The rates are much higher than typical brick and mortar bank rates.

KS StateBank accounts do not have monthly maintenance fees. The accounts do not have required account balances to avoid monthly fees. There is a fee for paper statements or if you make more withdrawals each month than allowed.

Not all KS StateBank accounts are available online. The online checking account is only for residents of Kansas, Missouri, and Arizona. The other online accounts include a savings account, money market account, and CDs. Those accounts are available for any citizens around the United States. Open other accounts by visiting a local branch location.

The KS StateBank money market account has tiered interest rates. To earn the most competitive rate requires a balance of $100,000. Amounts under $100,000 earn interest, just not the most competitive rate. This account requires $2,500 to open. There is no required amount to keep in the account; you earn lower rates depending on your balance.

The interest rates for KS StateBank jumbo CDs are the same as their regular CDs. They do not offer higher interest rates. The jumbo CDs require $100,000 to open. Jumbo CDs are only for consumer accounts. They must be opened online.

KS StateBank has a fee for electronic transfers made between banks. They do not charge a fee for money transferred from another bank into your KS StateBank account. However, there is a $3.99 fee for each transfer made from KS StateBank to another financial institution.

Read the full KS StateBank review.

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