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.
First IB only requires $25 to open the regular checking account. The interest earning checking account requires $100 to open. The savings accounts require $25 for the free account and $100 for the interest account. The money market account only requires $100 to open. CDs required $1,000 to open.
First IB accounts earn competitive interest rates. Each of the different accounts earns a good rate. To earn the best rate for the checking account only requires $500 in the account. The savings accounts do not have a set limit to earn the competitive interest rates.
A variety of different accounts are available through First IB. There are personal deposit and business accounts. First IB offers a variety of different personal deposit accounts. There is a free checking account as well as an interest earning account. They offer money market savings, regular savings, and a free savings account. There are savings accounts for kids. Loans, credit cards, and health savings accounts are available through First IB.
First IB is a member of the ATM Plus network. This gives you access to millions of ATMs across the United States. Certain accounts with First IB reimburse ATM fees. Up to $10 each month in ATM fees are available for reimbursement. The interest checking, money market, and regular savings offer the reimbursement option.
The First IB saving accounts have high required balance to avoid the monthly fees. The money market savings account requires a daily balance of $4,000 to avoid the monthly fee. The regular savings account requires a daily balance of $1,000 to avoid the monthly fee.
Most First IB accounts have a monthly fee. The fees range from $2 to $10 each month. Waive the fees by keeping an average daily balance in the accounts. The interest earning checking account requires $500 in the account. The money market account requires $4,000. The regular savings account earns $1,000 to waive the fees. The basic checking, savings, and kids accounts do not have a monthly fee.
CDs have a fee for withdrawing money before it reaches maturity. The fees on CDs at First IB are high. CD terms for three-months requires the interest from 90 days. CD terms from 6-months to 18-months require 180 days of interest. CD terms over 24-months fee are 360 days of interest. For some of these terms, you lose all the interest earned if you withdraw your money early.
To earn the most competitive rate, the money market savings requires a high daily balance. First IB requires a daily balance of $250,000 in the money market savings account to earn the highest rate. Amounts under that earn good rates, just not the most competitive rate.