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BankPurely VS PNC

Which bank is better for you?

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

  • Virtual Wallet rates are competitive
  • Relationship Rates offer higher rates
  • Student accounts offered
  • Business accounts are available

Cons:

  • Low interest rates for other accounts
  • Accounts have monthly fees
  • High required balances to avoid fees
  • Must open CDs at branch locations
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.

PNC Review

Opening PNCs Virtual Wallet accounts earn competitive interest rates. This includes three specific accounts: the Spend, Reserve, and Growth accounts. The Spend account is your checking account for everyday spending. The Reserve account is a short-term savings account. It offers overdraft protection for the Spend account. The Growth account is for longer-term goals, like a down payment, car, or vacation. Virtual Wallet accounts offer interest rates that are competitive with other online accounts. You must link these accounts together to earn competitive rates.

Some Growth savings accounts offer slightly higher rates with Relationship Rates. You must qualify to earn the Relationship Rates. To qualify, you must have a set amount directly deposited into the Spend account. Making five debit transactions also qualifies you. The amounts of direct deposits vary from $500 to $5,000 depending on the account. If you qualify, your money will earn even higher interest rates.

PNC offers accounts for college students. With proof you are enrolled in college, the monthly fee is waived. This account offers a debit card and online and mobile banking. The same features of Virtual Wallet are available for the college account. Parents can sign up to receive alert texts when balances are low or overdrawn. Some colleges offer other perks with the account. For example, one college allows you to use your student ID card as a PNC ATM card.

PNC offers small and commercial business accounts. Checking, savings, and money market accounts are available. CDs, credit cards, and online services for your business are available. Bill pay, remote check deposits, and online payroll are services offered.

PNC standard account interest rates are low. To earn the competitive rates on Virtual Wallet accounts, you must meet the set requirement. If you open a standard account or do not meet the requirements, interest rates are low. To earn the competitive rates, be sure you open the right accounts and meet the requirements.

Most PNC accounts have a monthly fee. The fees range from $5 to $25 depending on the account. There are ways to waive the fees. Having a set amount in the account or in qualifying PNC accounts will waive the fees. Direct deposits of a set amount or if you are 62 years or older will waive some fees. As of March 2019, PNC loan and investment balances are not included to waive monthly fees.

The amounts required to have in PNC accounts to waive the monthly fees are high. The money market account requires $5,000 to avoid the monthly fee. Virtual Wallet accounts require $500 to $5,000 to waive the fee or $10,000 to $25,000 across all PNC deposit accounts. After March 2019, loans and investment balances will no longer count toward the total amount to waive fees. Their standard savings account only requires $300 to waive monthly fees.

Customers must open PNC CDs at a branch location. Most PNC CDs required $1,000 to open. The CDs with terms of seven to 89 days require $5,000 to open. PNC has branch locations in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Read the full PNC review.

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