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Barclays VS Citizens Bank

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:

  • High-interest rates
  • Savings assistant helps visualize goals
  • No minimums, fees, or required amounts
  • Options on how to receive interest

Cons:

  • Limited types of accounts offered
  • Transfers take 2-3 business days
  • Customer service is not open 24/7
  • 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:

  • No set amount to open most accounts
  • Business accounts offered
  • Bonus offered for some savings accounts
  • Overdraft Pass

Cons:

  • Products not available everywhere
  • Accounts have monthly fees
  • High opening amounts for CDs
  • Good interest rates have stipulations
Barclays Review

Barclays offers extremely high-interest rates. Their rates are higher than other banks and even other online banks. Their high yield savings account and CDs earn great interest rates. Even their short-term CDs earn higher interest rates than most other banks.

Barclays offers a Savings Assistant tool. First, input your goal. Next, decide how much you want to save and how much you have saved already. Finally, decide how much you can contribute to the account each month. With one click, the Savings Assistant tells you how long it will take you to reach your goal.

There is not a set amount to open a savings or CD account with Barclays. Their accounts do not have monthly maintenance fees. There is also not a set amount you are required to keep in the different accounts.

You have the choice of how to receive the money earned on interest. You can choose to have the money kept in the CD or transferred into your Barclays savings account. You can choose to have the money transferred to a verified external account. To set up different interest options log in to your account.

Barclays only offers one high yield savings account and CDs. They do not offer a checking account. Barclays used to offer accounts for minors but stopped in June of 2017. Even though they only offer one savings account, you can open up to 25 different accounts if needed.

Your money is not available immediately. Transfers into your Barclays account take five business days. Electronic transfers from your Barclays account to your external account take 2-3 business days. Money transferred between Barclays accounts are immediate.

There isn’t an app for the Online Savings account and the CD accounts. You can access your accounts and do whatever you need to do online, but not through an app.

Customer service is not available all the time. You can reach customer service through the mail or by the phone. They are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

Read the full Barclays review.

Citizens Bank Review

We have two reviews for Citizens Bank, one for the local bank, and one for their online accounts referred to as Citizens Access. Click here to learn more about Citizens Access.

Checking, savings, and money market accounts do not have a set amount to open the accounts. However, to earn the best interest rates, you have to be a platinum member. That means having $25,000 in Citizen Bank accounts. The basic checking and savings account does not require you to be a platinum member.

Citizens Bank offers a variety of accounts for businesses. Business checking, savings, and money market accounts are available. Credit cards, loans, and investment opportunities are available.

A GoalTrack Savings Bonus is available with most Citizen Bank savings accounts. If you meet your savings goal, you will earn a bonus. The bonuses include merchant discounts or gift cards. The more money you set up to save and the longer you keep that goal, the more you will earn. You can earn up to $250 for saving $400 a month for 36 months. Some of the participating merchants include Walmart, Target, Applebee's, Best Buy, and Marriott.

Checking and money market accounts include $5 Overdraft Pass. This means if you overdraw your account for $5 or less you will not be charged a fee. To avoid other overdraft fees, deposit money into your account as soon as possible. This is no limit to how many overdrafts qualify for the pass. Any and all overdrafts under $5 are covered.

Accounts are not available everywhere. Citizens Bank currently operates in 11 states. If you do not live in one of these states, you cannot open an account. Those states are Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Citizen Bank accounts have fees. To waive the platinum checking fees, you must have at least $25,000 in Citizen Bank accounts. To get the best interest rates, you have to have a platinum checking account. Waive the fees for platinum savings accounts by having a platinum checking account.

The smallest required amount to open a Citizens Bank CD is $1,000. Some CDs require $10,000 to open. The IRA CD only requires $250 to open, but that is a CD set up for retirement purposes.

To earn the best interest rates on CDs, you must also open a premier checking account with Citizens Bank. The interest rates are more than a full percent less if you do not have a checking account too.

Read the full Citizens Bank review.

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