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BankDirect VS E*TRADE

Which bank is better for you?

  • Financial Rates: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 3.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 4.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • Low required opening amounts
  • Reimbursement of ATM fees
  • Variety of personal deposit accounts
  • Money market account earns good rates

Cons:

  • Highest MMA rate requires large amount
  • High required amount to open CDs
  • Checking accounts have a monthly fee
  • Must mail in application to open account
  • Financial Rates: 4.0 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:

  • 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
BankDirect Review

Most of the BankDirect accounts have a low amount required to open the account. BankDirect checking accounts only require $500 to open. Both BankDirect money market accounts require $500 to open. The basic savings account only requires $100 to open.

BankDirect does not own any ATMs; they reimburse their customers the ATM fees. The first four ATM withdrawals per statement cycle are refunded. The refunds are up to $2.50 per transaction. There is a withdrawal limit of $500 from an ATM each day.

BankDirect offers a variety of personal deposit accounts. There are three different checking accounts and two different money market accounts. There are a variety of different CD terms available. BankDirect offers one savings account. There are no business accounts available.

The BankDirect Money Market Plus account offers a competitive interest rate. BankDirect also offers a mileage money market account. This account earns American Airline miles. Both MMA require $500 to open. The mileage money market account earns much lower interest rates. You earn miles instead of interest. There is no monthly fee for either account.

To earn the high rates offered on the BankDirect Money Market Plus account you must have $10,000 in the account. Amounts under $10,000 do not earn any interest. Only $500 is required to open this account, but to earn any interest requires $10,000.

BankDirect offers a variety of different CD terms. The required amount to open any of the CDs is $10,000. There is no monthly fee. The interest rates for CDs are competitive. The 12-month, 18-months, 24-months and 36-month CDs offer the most competitive rates. To open a mileage CD also requires $10,000.

Two of the BankDirect checking accounts have monthly fees. The interest and mileage checking accounts both have a monthly fee. The fee is waived for the interest checking account if you have at least $2,500 in the account. The mileage checking does not list a way to waive that monthly fee.

Opening an account with BankDirect is not entirely online. To open an account, you must fill out the application online, then print off part and mail it in. You will then receive a welcome kit within one to two weeks. Once you get your kit, you can finish setting up your account.

Read the full BankDirect 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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