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AloStar VS State Farm 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: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 4.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • Reimbursement of ATM fees
  • Variety of personal deposit accounts
  • Most accounts have low opening amounts
  • Money market has competitive rates

Cons:

  • Accounts have monthly fees
  • High opening balance for MMA
  • Highest interest only introductory
  • Daily limits for ATM withdrawals
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.

State Farm Bank Review

State Farm Bank reimburses for fees charged at non-State Farm Bank ATMs. Fees are reimbursed if you have a direct deposit into the account you are withdrawing money from. If you do not have a direct deposit into that account, State Farm Bank will reimburse up to $10 each month in ATM fees.

A variety of different accounts are available through State Farm Bank. They offer a regular checking account and an interest-earning checking account. Savings and money market accounts are available. Accounts for minors, education, and retirement accounts are offered. CD terms range from 12-months to 5-years.

Most State Farm personal deposit accounts have low opening amounts. The saving account requires $100 to open. The regular checking account only requires $25. To open the interest checking account requires $100. Each of the different CDs requires $500 to open.

The State Farm Bank money market account offers a competitive interest rate. That account offers interest that is competitive with other online accounts. After the introductory period, met the qualifications to earn the competitive rate.

State Farm Bank accounts have a monthly fee and required balances to keep in the accounts. The fees range from $3 to $10 each month. The amounts required to keep in the accounts ranges from $100 to $500 for personal accounts. Having an electronic direct deposit into the account each month will waive the monthly fees.

The State Farm Bank money market earns competitive interest, but it has the highest required balances. To open this account requires $1,000. Waive the fee for this account by having a direct deposit into the account and keeping a $500 balance.

The most competitive rate is only an introductory rate for the money market account. You will receive the introductory rate for the first five billing cycles. After that time, if you have another State Farm qualifying account, you will earn the Relationship Rates which are lower, but still competitive.

State Farm Bank limits how much money you can withdraw from an ATM each day. The limit for State Farm Bank personal deposit accounts is $500 per day. There is also a limit to how much you can make in purchases each day. The purchase limit for debit cards is $3,500 per business day.

Read the full State Farm Bank review.

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