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BankDirect VS Quontic

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: 5.0 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:

  • Competitive interest rates on accounts
  • Low opening required amounts
  • Good variety of accounts available
  • No monthly fees on accounts

Cons:

  • Accounts have tiered interest rates
  • Checking account rates have requirements
  • Limited CD terms available
  • No ATM fee reimbursement
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.

Quontic Review

Quontic accounts earn competitive interest rates. These account rates are competitive with other online accounts. The interest rates are much higher than typical bank interest rates.

The required opening amounts for Quontic accounts are low. The regular savings account requires $100 to open. The checking account and money market account requires $500 to open. Each of the CD terms require $1,000 to open.

There are a variety of accounts offered through Quontic. They offer personal savings, checking, and money market accounts. They also offer personal CDs and IRA CDs. Quontic offers business accounts. Those include business checking and savings accounts. Quontic offers personal and business lending options, including reverse mortgages.

The Quontic checking account does not have a monthly fee. The money market account only has a fee if you receive a paper statement. That fee is $5 per month. If you opt into paperless statements, there will not be a fee on the account. Most Quontic accounts do not have a minimum balance required to keep in the account to avoid the fees. The regular savings does have a $3 fee if your account balance falls below $100.

Quontic accounts have tiered interest rates. To earn competitive rates on accounts requires a high account balance. To earn the highest rate for the MMA requires a balance over $100,000. The regular savings account requires a balance of $250,000 to earn the most competitive rate. Amounts over $5,000 for the MMA earn competitive interest rates, just not the highest. The regular savings account requires a $50,000 balance to earn a competitive rate.

The Quontic checking account earns very competitive interest rates. To earn those rates, you must meet the requirements. You must have 15 point-of-sale debit transactions and one ACH transaction in or out of the account. You must meet these requirements each statement cycle. If you do not meet these requirements, you will not receive the competitive rates.

Quontic Bank has limited CD terms available. They do not offer a CD term shorter than 12-months. The longest CD term is a 60-month term. There are five total CD terms available with Quontic Bank. Each CD requires $1,000 to open. The CDs and IRA accounts are only for personal deposit accounts.

Quontic offers over 90,000 surcharge-free ATMs. If you use an ATM not in their network, Quontic will not reimburse you the ATM fee. The ATMs in their network include AllPoint, MoneyPass, and SUM. The ATMs at Citibank branches are also included.

Read the full Quontic review.

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