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BankDirect VS Presidential Bank

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:

  • Variety of personal deposit accounts
  • Some accounts offer competitive rates
  • Business accounts and services offered
  • Low opening required amounts

Cons:

  • Must meet requirements to earn interest
  • High required amounts for MMA
  • Cannot open all accounts online
  • Accounts have monthly fees
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.

Presidential Bank Review

Presidential Bank offers a wide variety of personal deposit accounts. They offer seven checking accounts, two savings accounts, and a variety of CDs. Each account has requirements to open the account and to earn interest. Find the one that works best for you.

The Presidential Bank Checkless Checking account and the Money Market Plus Checking account offer competitive interest rates. Most of the CDs also offer competitive interest rates. The rates are competitive with other online accounts. They are much higher than other brick and mortar bank rates.

Presidential Bank offers a variety of business accounts. Those accounts include checking, savings, and money market accounts, and CDs. They also offer a variety of lending options for businesses. Those include real estate lending, equipment lending, and working capital lines of credit.

Most Presidential Bank accounts have low opening required amounts. Most checking accounts require either $100 or $500 to open. One savings account only requires $100 to open. All the CD terms require $1,000 to open. Some accounts do have higher required amounts.

The Checkless Checking account has the most competitive rates. You must meet account requirements to earn the most competitive interest rates. Those requirements include having a direct deposit into the account each month. You must also make a set amount of electronic withdrawals per month. Other requirements may apply.

The Presidential Bank Money Market Plus Checking account offers competitive interest rates. To earn the most competitive rate requires a high balance. That account must have $100,000 to open and earn interest. The interest rates are considerably lower if your account balance falls below $100,000.

Not all Presidential Bank accounts can open online. Some accounts require opening in a branch location. Those accounts include checking accounts. Most other Presidential Bank accounts can be opened online.

Checking, savings, and money market accounts with Presidential Bank all have monthly fees. Those fees range from $2 to $5 a month, depending on the account. Waive those fees each month by keeping your account balance above a certain amount. The amount changes based on the accounts.

Read the full Presidential Bank review.

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