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AloStar VS Luana Savings 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: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 3.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • Competitive interest rates on accounts
  • Variety of accounts offered
  • Most accounts have low opening amounts
  • Special CDs earn great rates

Cons:

  • Accounts have monthly fees
  • Highest rates require large sums
  • No business accounts offered
  • Bill pay has a monthly fee
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.

Luana Savings Bank Review

Luana Savings Bank offers competitive rates on their accounts. The rates are competitive with other online accounts. The interest rates could change depending on your location. Contact Luana employees to find out the rates you could earn on the accounts.

There are a variety of different accounts offered through Luana Savings Bank. The personal deposit accounts include a budget, VIP, and a senior checking account. They offer money market and savings accounts. A variety of different CD terms are offered. Luana also offers accounts for kids, including a 12-month CD.

The required amount to open an account with Luana is low. The savings account requires $50 to open. Checking accounts do not have a set amount required to open the accounts. The CD for kids requires $500 to open. Each different CD term requires $1,000 to open. The interest money market account requires $2,500 to open.

Luana Savings Bank offers three special term length CDs. The interest rates on these terms are slightly more competitive than the other CD rates. The terms include a 9-month, 26-month, and 42-month term. The 9-month and 26-month terms require $5,000 to open. The 42-month term only requires $1,000 to open.

Some Luana accounts have a monthly fee. The checking account fees range from $8 to $16 depending on the account. To waive the monthly fees requires keeping a set balance in the account. The balance is $1,000 or $2,500 for checking accounts. The VIP Club account has a fee that does not have an option to waive.

To earn the most competitive rate for Luana accounts requires large balances. The NOW account requires $100,000. The Insured MMA requires $250,000. CDs require over $100,000 to earn the most competitive rates. The lower rates are still competitive, but not the best rate offered.

Luana does not offer business accounts. Only personal deposit accounts are available through Luana Savings Bank. Those accounts include savings, checking, and money market accounts, along with CDs. Luana does offer commercial lending options.

Luana Savings Bank offers bill pay with their checking accounts. The bill pay is not free. There is a monthly fee of $4.95 to use bill pay. That fee is waived if you make at least three payments per monthly cycle. If you make more than 20, you will be charged $0.50 per transaction.

Read the full Luana Savings Bank review.

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