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American Express VS DCU

Which bank is better for you?

  • Financial Rates: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 5.0 Star Icon
1.90%APY
Savings/MMA
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Pros:

  • Options on how to receive interest
  • No opening required amount
  • Pay credit card bill from savings account
  • Competitive interest rates on accounts

Cons:

  • Only offer savings and CD accounts
  • Must link account to a different bank
  • Funds not transferred immediately
  • No checks, debit cards, or ATM cards
  • 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:

  • Variety of accounts offered
  • Competitive interest rates for savings
  • Only one DCU account has a fee
  • Low opening required amounts

Cons:

  • Must become a member first
  • Tiered interest rates on MMA
  • High balances to earn interest
  • Only one withdrawal per month for Ltd
American Express Review

American Express Bank offers ways to receive the money you earn off interest. You can deposit it back into the account earning the interest. The interest can be transferred to your CD account. You can deposit the money into your linked external account, or receive a check. You can request a check to come monthly, quarterly, or annually.

There is no minimum amount required to open an account. You start earning interest with any amount deposited into the high-yield savings account. The more money you deposit, the more interest you earn, but no required amount.

Once you open a savings account with American Express, you can link that account to your credit card. Log into your account and link the savings account to the credit card. Paying your credit card bill from your savings account does count as a withdrawal.

American Express Bank offers higher interest rates than your typical bank. Their rates are competitive with other online banks. You can find the current rates are on their website.

American Express Bank only offers a high-yield savings account and CDs. To deposit money into the accounts, you must link it to your current banking accounts. You can also sign up for direct deposit from your employer or to make automatic deposits.

You must link your American Express accounts to your current bank account. You can then transfer money between the different accounts. Federal regulations only allow six transactions each billing cycle for savings accounts.

Transferring money to and from your American Express personal account is not immediate. Money coming into your American Express account is not available until the fifth business day. All other transfers take 1-3 business days.

American Express Bank does not offer checks, debit cards, or ATM cards for their accounts. To get your money, you must transfer it from your American Express savings account back into your linked external account. If you open a CD, you must wait until the maturity date to access your money without a penalty.

Read the full American Express review.

DCU Review

Digital Federal Credit Union offers a wide variety of personal deposit accounts. They offer a savings, money market, and holiday savings accounts. They offer two checking accounts and a variety of CD terms, including jumbo and rate bump CDs. Once you become a member of DCU, you can open any of these accounts online. DCU also offers business accounts.

The primary savings account offers competitive interest rates. For the first $1,000, you earn a very high interest rate. Any amount over $1,000 earns a lower rate. Between the two rates, the account earns competitive interest rates. The primary savings account is the account you must open to become a member of DCU.

Only the DCU Dividend Checking account has a monthly fee. All other accounts do not have a monthly fee. The amount required to keep in the checking account to waive the monthly fee is $2,500. The other DCU accounts do not have a required amount to keep in the account to avoid a fee.

The required amounts to open DCU accounts are low. The highest amount required to open a checking or savings account is $5. To earn interest for some accounts requires a larger balance. However, to open the accounts does not have a high required amount. The CDs require $100 or $500, depending on the CD. The jumbo CDs do require $25,000 to open.

To open an account with DCU, you must become a member of the credit union. To become a member requires opening a Primary Savings Account with at least a $5 balance. Once you open that account and become a member, you can open any other DCU account.

The DCU money market account has tiered interest rates. To earn the most competitive interest rates requires a large balance. The most competitive rate requires a balance of at least $100,000. Lower balances earn interest, just not the most competitive rate.

The Ltd savings account through DCU has a high required balance to earn interest. This account requires a balance of $25,000 to earn any interest. Any balance over $25,000 earns the most competitive rate, but balances below do not earn any interest.

Only one free withdrawal is allowed each month from the Ltd savings account. For every other withdrawal, there is a fee of $25 per withdrawal. To earn interest on this account requires a balance of $25,000. There is no required amount to open the account.

Read the full DCU review.

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