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AloStar VS Mutual of Omaha

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
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Pros:

  • Low opening requires amounts
  • Variety of accounts offered
  • Online accounts available in all states
  • Rates not tiered for online accounts

Cons:

  • Accounts have a monthly fee
  • Some accounts only offered in few states
  • Not all accounts offer competitive rates
  • Competitive rates require a large sum
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.

Mutual of Omaha Review

To open Mutual of Omaha Bank accounts requires low amounts. The online checking account only requires $100 to open. The other checking accounts require from $100 to $1,000 depending on the account. The savings and money market accounts require $100 or $1,000. The online money market requires $1,000 to open.

Mutual of Omaha Bank offers a variety of personal deposit and business accounts. They offer six personal checking accounts. A basic savings account and two money market accounts are offered. CD terms vary from 1-month to 60-months; fixed rates and standard rate CDs offered.

Mutual of Omaha Bank offers an online checking and money market account. The online checking account only requires $100 to open. There is not a monthly fee if your balance is above $100. Balances over $1,500 earn interest. The money market account requires $1,000 to open, waive the fee, and earn interest. These accounts are available in all states.

To earn the most competitive rates for the online accounts does not require a large sum. The online money market account only requires $1,000 to earn the best rate. The online checking requires $1,500. Amounts over $250,000 earn much lower rates.

Mutual of Omaha Bank checking and savings accounts have monthly fees. Those fees range from $3 to $15 depending on the account. Waive the fees by keeping a set balance in the account. Those balances range from $100 to $10,000 depending on the account.

Not all accounts are available in all states. Mutual of Omaha limits the accounts to specific states. The online money market and checking account are available in all states. Most accounts must be opened at a branch location.

Not all Mutual of Omaha Bank accounts offer competitive rates. The online accounts offer rates competitive with other online accounts. The CDs and other accounts offered through branch locations are not as competitive. The rates may change based on the state you open the account in.

To earn the most competitive interest rates requires a large sum. The Mutual of Omaha Bank money market account requires $250,000 to earn the highest rate. The investment checking requires $50,000.

Read the full Mutual of Omaha review.

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