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AloStar VS Wells Fargo

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: 3.0 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:

  • Opportunity checking account
  • Business accounts are available
  • Checking account for teenagers
  • Low opening required amounts

Cons:

  • Low-interest rates
  • Accounts have monthly fees
  • Few CD options and high opening amount
  • No money market account offered
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.

Wells Fargo Review

The opportunity checking account is for those who do not qualify for a regular checking account. This account allows you to have checks, a debit card, and bill pay from the account. With this account, you can access mobile banking. There is a $10 monthly fee. Waive the fee with set debit transactions, direct deposits, or keeping a specific amount in the account.

Many different business accounts are available through Wells Fargo. Savings and checking accounts are available. They also offer CDs, loans, and credit cards. Commercial finances options are available. Wells Fargo offers retirement and investment options for businesses, as well as payroll options.

The checking account for teenagers is for children ages 13-17. A parent must open the account with the child. The account offers a debit card and mobile banking. There are no monthly service fees for this account. Parents can set limits on the number of purchases and withdrawals made from the account.

To open a Wells Fargo checking and savings requires a low minimum opening deposit. The accounts only need $25 to open.

The interest rates for Wells Fargo accounts are low. They are not competitive with other online-only accounts: slightly lower than your typical bank rates.

Most Wells Fargo accounts have a monthly fee. There are ways to waive the fees on the accounts. Those ways include signing up for online-only statements or keeping a set amount in the account. Signing up for direct deposits will waive the fee for some accounts.

Wells Fargo does not offer many term lengths for CDs. There are only four different term lengths that require the lowest opening amount of $2,500. The longest of those terms is one year. The longer-term CDs require $5,000 to open. There are three longer-term length CDs available at the higher amount.

Wells Fargo only offers two savings accounts and not a money market account. A money market account generally offers higher interest rates than a savings account. Wells Fargo offers a basic savings account and a Platinum savings account. The Platinum account requires $3,500 be kept in the account to waive the monthly fee. With $25,000 in the account, the Platinum savings account has a much more competitive interest rate.

Read the full Wells Fargo review.

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