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BankDirect VS Langley Federal Credit Union

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: 4.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • A wide variety of accounts available
  • Competitive interest rates
  • Low opening required amounts
  • Most accounts do not have fees

Cons:

  • Accounts have tiered interest rates
  • High opening amounts for promotional CDs
  • Must become a member first
  • Daily withdrawal limits
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.

Langley Federal Credit Union Review

Langley Federal Credit Union offers a wide variety of accounts. They have an MMA, savings accounts, youth accounts, and a holiday savings account. They offer four checking accounts and a variety of CD terms. The CD terms range from three months to five years. Langley also offers loans, credit cards, and business accounts.

The accounts offered through Langley have competitive interest rates. The rates are competitive with other online account rates. The CDs, money market account, and platinum checking account earn competitive rates. The Langley Saves account earns competitive rates for the first $1,000.

Most Langley accounts have low opening required amounts. The savings accounts each only require $5 to open. Only the Platinum checking account has a set amount required to open the account. That account requires $10,000 to open. The regular CDs require $1,000 to open. The promotional CDs require more. The MMA does not have an amount required to open the account.

Only the Langley Essential checking account has a monthly fee. This checking account is for those with bad or no credit. This account offers a debit card, online and mobile banking, and bill pay. The monthly fee is $5. The other Langley accounts do not have fees.

Some Langley accounts have tiered interest rates. The Platinum MMA requires a balance of $250,000 to earn the most competitive rate. Traditional money market accounts require $100,000 for the best rate. The Platinum checking account requires $10,000.

Langley offers promotional CDs with more competitive interest rates. Two of these terms have high opening required amounts. The 11-month CD requires $100,000 to earn interest and the 29-month CD requires $50,000. The other promotional CDs only require $1,000 to open, but they are for new deposits only.

To open accounts with Langley FCU, you must first become a member of the credit union. You are eligible for membership if you work for a specific company. Member of certain organizations or that attend certain schools are eligible. Family members of other members are eligible. You can also join an organization to become a member of Langley FCU.

Langley has a daily withdrawal limit. Members can withdraw up to $600 per day, per account, if your account has sufficient funds. There is also a $600 limit with point-of-sale transactions.

Read the full Langley Federal Credit Union review.

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