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AloStar VS M.Y. Safra Bank, FSB

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:

  • Low opening required amounts
  • MYSB Direct CDs
  • CDs have competitive interest rates
  • Business accounts offered

Cons:

  • Accounts have monthly fees
  • CDs have high opening requires amounts
  • Most competitive rates require large sum
  • Must open MYSB Direct CD before MMA
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.

M.Y. Safra Bank, FSB Review

M.Y. Safra Bank has low opening required amounts for their personal deposit accounts. Their basic checking account only requires $25 to open. The rest of their checking, savings, and money market accounts all only require $100 to open. Their business accounts only require $100 to open as well.

M.Y. Safra Bank offers online-only CDs through their online division called MYSB Direct. The CDs earn competitive interest rates. The 12-month, 36-month, and 60-month CDs earn rates higher than the national average. Each of the CDs requires $5,000 to open. You can open a CD no matter which state you live in.

CDs through M.Y. Safra Bank offer competitive rates. The classic CDs require $5,000 to open. Their rates are higher than other brick and mortar banks. They are competitive with online accounts. The rates for the jumbo CDs are only slightly higher than the classic CD rates. The jumbo CDs require $100,000 to open.

M.Y. Safra Bank offers business accounts. These accounts include checking, money market, and savings account. Business CDs are also offered. The opening balances for most business accounts are $100. However, to waive the monthly fee requires much higher balances. Those balances range from $1,000 to $5,000 depending on the account.

All M.Y. Safra Bank accounts have a monthly fee. The fees for personal deposit accounts range from $3 to $20 a month. Business accounts have fees ranging from $10 to $25 a month depending on the account. To waive the monthly fees requires an average monthly balance in the accounts. Those balances range from $1,000 to $5,000. The basic personal checking account has a $3 monthly fee that cannot be waived.

CDs through M.Y. Safra Bank have high required amounts. Each of the different terms requires $5,000 to open. The terms range from 30-days to 84-month CDs. M.Y. Safra Bank offers jumbo CDs. Those require $100,000 to open. The CDs through MYSB Direct require $5,000 to open.

The highest interest rates on M.Y. Safra personal deposit accounts requires large balances. The most competitive rates for personal and business checking require $250,000. The savings and money market accounts also require $250,000. Lower amounts earn interest, but the rates are not competitive.

MYSB Direct offers an online money market account and CDs. If you are not a resident of New York, you must open a CD first. Once the CD is open and funded, you can open the money market account. This account earns competitive interest rates for any balance under $500,000. Any amount over $500,000 earns a much lower rate. Both accounts require $5,000 to open.

Read the full M.Y. Safra Bank, FSB review.

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