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BankPurely VS CommunityWide FCU

Which bank is better for you?

  • Financial Rates: 1.5 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 3.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 5.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • Low opening amount required and no fees
  • Checking account earns interest
  • High-interest rates on accounts
  • No set balance to earn highest rates

Cons:

  • No business accounts offered
  • MMA has high opening balance
  • Not a wide variety of accounts
  • Accounts opened through another website
  • Financial Rates: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 4.5 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 5.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • Accounts offer competitive rates
  • Low opening amounts and no monthly fees
  • Variety of savings accounts offered
  • Funds savings account

Cons:

  • Must join the credit union first
  • No ATM fee reimbursement
  • Only one checking account offered
  • CD early withdrawal penalty can be high
BankPurely Review

To open a BankPurely savings and checking account only requires $1. After the initial deposit, there is no amount required to keep in the account. There are no monthly maintenance fees. The BankPurely CDs only require $1,000 to open. There are four different CD terms available.

CheckingPurely account earns interest. The interest rates are competitive with other online checking accounts. The rates are much higher than your typical brick and mortar checking account rates. Free bill pay and mobile check deposits are available with the CheckingPurely account. There is no monthly fee or amount required to keep in the account.

All the accounts at BankPurely offer competitive interest rates. The account rates are much higher than your typical brick and mortar bank rates. They are competitive with other online-only accounts.

Any amount in the BankPurely accounts earns the highest interest rates offered. There is no specific amount required to earn competitive rates. Your balance will earn the highest interest rate, no matter what amount. The savings and checking account only need $1 to earn those rates. The CDs require $1,000. The MMA does require a higher amount of $25,000 to open and earn interest.

There are no business accounts currently offered through BankPurely. The only accounts are personal deposit accounts.

The money market account through BankPurely has a high opening required amount. The amount to open the account is $25,000. This account earns competitive interest rates. You receive an ATM card attached to the account.

BankPurely offers personal deposit accounts. There is only one savings account, one checking account, and one money market account offered. BankPurely does offer CDs, but there are only four different terms available. The CD terms are 12 months, 24 months, 36 months, and 60 months.

BankPurely is powered through iGObanking.com. To open a BankPurely account, you will be transferred to the iGObanking.com website. All the online banking functions are available under the iGObanking.com brand. Your account is through BankPurely, but the technology is through iGObanking.com. You will not see the BankPurely logo when you are opening an account. It is the right place to open the account as long as you see the iGObanking.com logo.

Read the full BankPurely review.

CommunityWide FCU Review

Accounts at CommunityWide FCU offer competitive interest rates. The rates are competitive with other online accounts. CommunityWide rates are much higher than typical bank rates. Their rates are not tiered. Any balance above the required amount earns competitive interest rates.

CommunityWide accounts have low opening required amounts. The savings accounts require $5 to open. The checking account requires $15 to open. The CD terms each require $1,000 to open. The CommunityWide FCU checking and savings accounts do not have a monthly fee. If you only open a savings account and the account does not have any activity, there is a $5 dormant account fee. That fee applies for each month with no activity.

CommunityWide offers a wide variety of savings accounts. The accounts offered include:

  • Personal savings account
  • High-yield savings account
  • Funds savings account
  • CD terms from six months to five years
  • IRA accounts

A Funds savings account is available through CommunityWide FCU. This account acts as a savings account but earns a higher interest rate. Members can only withdraw money deposited in the account at specific times. You can choose whether to withdraw the money monthly or quarterly. Money can be deposited into the Funds savings account anytime.

Before you can open an account with CommunityWide, you must become a member of the credit union. To be eligible to join, you must have worked for a certain company or be a spouse of someone who has. Members of certain organizations are eligible. Immediate family members of CommunityWide members qualify to open an account. Once you qualify, you must show a valid government-issued ID and your Social Security Number.

CommunityWide Federal Credit Union does not offer ATM fee reimbursements. They offer over 30,000 ATMs free for members to use. If you make a transaction with another ATM, not in their network, you may be charged a fee. CommunityWide will not reimburse you for those fees.

CommunityWide FCU offers many accounts, but only one checking account. The checking account earns interest for balances over $1 and requires $15 to open. It is the only checking account available through CommunityWide FCU.

The early withdrawal fee for CommunityWide FCU CDs can be higher than other CD fees. CommunityWide FCU uses a specific formula to determine the penalty. First, they take the withdrawn amount times the remaining days at twice the current APR. They then divide the amount by 365. There is not a set penalty based on term length.

Read the full CommunityWide FCU review.

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