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BankDirect VS KS StateBank

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: 5.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • Variety of accounts offered
  • Most accounts have low opening amounts
  • Competitive interest rates on accounts
  • No monthly maintenance fees

Cons:

  • Not all accounts are available online
  • MMA has tiered interest rates
  • Jumbo CDs rates same as regular CDs
  • Fee for bank-to-bank transfers
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.

KS StateBank Review

A variety of accounts are available through KS StateBank. They offer a variety of personal deposit accounts. Those accounts include checking accounts, savings and money market accounts, and CDs. KS StateBank offers regular CDs and jumbo CDs. The CD terms range from six months to seven years. They also offer business accounts.

Most KS StateBank accounts have low amounts required to open the accounts. The checking and savings account require $100 to open. The regular CDs require $500 to open. The Jump Up CD requires $1,000 to open, and the MMA requires $2,500. The jumbo CDs do require $100,000 to open.

The Checking Plus account and CDs offer competitive interest rates. The savings and money market accounts offer slightly lower rates. Those rates are still good rates for online accounts. These rates are competitive with other online-only accounts. The rates are much higher than typical brick and mortar bank rates.

KS StateBank accounts do not have monthly maintenance fees. The accounts do not have required account balances to avoid monthly fees. There is a fee for paper statements or if you make more withdrawals each month than allowed.

Not all KS StateBank accounts are available online. The online checking account is only for residents of Kansas, Missouri, and Arizona. The other online accounts include a savings account, money market account, and CDs. Those accounts are available for any citizens around the United States. Open other accounts by visiting a local branch location.

The KS StateBank money market account has tiered interest rates. To earn the most competitive rate requires a balance of $100,000. Amounts under $100,000 earn interest, just not the most competitive rate. This account requires $2,500 to open. There is no required amount to keep in the account; you earn lower rates depending on your balance.

The interest rates for KS StateBank jumbo CDs are the same as their regular CDs. They do not offer higher interest rates. The jumbo CDs require $100,000 to open. Jumbo CDs are only for consumer accounts. They must be opened online.

KS StateBank has a fee for electronic transfers made between banks. They do not charge a fee for money transferred from another bank into your KS StateBank account. However, there is a $3.99 fee for each transfer made from KS StateBank to another financial institution.

Read the full KS StateBank review.

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