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BankDirect VS Quorum 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:

  • No required amount to open account
  • Most accounts do not have fees
  • MMA and CDs offer competitive rates
  • ATM fee reimbursement

Cons:

  • Must become a member to open accounts
  • Most accounts do not have competitive rates
  • Tiered interest rates on accounts
  • No business accounts available
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.

Quorum Federal Credit Union Review

Quorum does not have a set amount required to open their HighQ savings account. The basic savings account only requires $5 to open, which Quorum will pay for you. The checking accounts offered through Quorum do not have a set amount required to open.

Most Quorum accounts do not have monthly fees. If the accounts do have a fee, that fee is easy to waive. Electronic statements waive the fee for the basic savings account. Waive the checking account fees by having a set amount in direct deposits or a set account balance. You must also sign up for electronic statements.

The HighQ savings account and some CDs offer the most competitive interest rates. The rates are competitive with other online-only accounts. There is no required amount to open the HighQ account and no monthly fees. This account can be opened online. The CDs require $1,000 to open.

The QChoice checking account offers ATM reimbursement. There are a variety of ATMs that are free of charge to Quorum customers. However, if you use an ATM that charges a fee, Quorum will reimburse that fee up to $15 per month. The fee reimbursement will deposit automatically into your account on the second business day of the following month.

To open an account with Quorum, you must become a member of the credit union. To open an account online, you must be over 18. If you are under 18, you must mail in the application. To establish your membership, you must open a basic savings account. The required amount is $5, but Quorum will fund that amount.

Most Quorum accounts do not offer competitive interest rates. Most account rates are competitive with typical brick and mortar bank rates. The HighQ savings account offers the most competitive rate. That account offers interest that is competitive with other online accounts.

Most Quorum account interest rates are tiered. The checking account requires a $20,000 balance to earn the most competitive rate. The money management account requires $250,000 to receive the best rate.

The only accounts offered through Quorum are personal deposit accounts. No specific business accounts are available. Those personal deposit accounts include checking and savings accounts, and CDs. The CDs range from three-months to five-year terms.

Read the full Quorum Federal Credit Union review.

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