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American Express VS E*TRADE

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: 3.0 Star Icon
1.75%APY
Savings/MMA
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Pros:

  • Low opening required amounts
  • Interest rates not tiered
  • ATM fee reimbursement
  • Savings accounts offer competitive rates

Cons:

  • Accounts have monthly fees
  • Limited personal accounts offered
  • Checking account interest rates low
  • Business accounts limited
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.

E*TRADE Review

E*TRADE accounts have low opening amounts required to open their accounts. The E*TRADE and Max-Rate checking and Premium savings account all require only $100 to open.

The interest rates for E*TRADE Bank accounts are not tiered. The Max-Rate checking account does require a $5,000 balance to earn interest. Any amount above $5,000 earns the highest interest rate offered. The savings account does not have a set amount. Any balance earns the most competitive interest rate.

E*TRADE Bank Max-Rate Checking offers unlimited ATM fee reimbursement. E*TRADE will not charge a fee for money withdrawn from ATMs across the nation. If the owner of the ATM charges a fee, the fee reimbursement will be automatically deposited into your account. The basic E*TRADE checking account does not offer ATM fee reimbursement.

The E*TRADE Bank savings account offers competitive interest rates. This account has rates competitive with other online accounts. They are much higher than typical brick and mortar bank rates. Any account balance earns the most competitive rate.

Most E*TRADE Bank accounts have a monthly fee. The fees range from $10 to $15 a month depending on the account. There are a variety of ways to waive the monthly fee. Keeping a set account balance in one account or an average in multiple accounts waives the fees. Making a set amount of trades can also help waive the fees. The basic E*TRADE checking account does not have a monthly fee.

The types of personal accounts offered through E*TRADE Bank are limited to new customers. Those accounts include a savings account and two checking accounts. More accounts may be available once you become a customer.

The Max-Rate checking account with E*TRADE Bank earns interest, but the rates are low. The interest rates are not competitive with other online checking accounts. You must have a balance of $5,000 in the Max-Rate checking account to earn any interest.

E*TRADE offers limited accounts for small businesses. They do not offer traditional accounts for small or commercial businesses. The accounts offered to small businesses include retirement accounts.

Read the full E*TRADE review.

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