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BBVA Compass VS M.Y. Safra Bank, FSB

Which bank is better for you?

  • Financial Rates: 1.5 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 4.5 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 3.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • Low required opening deposit amounts
  • Small business and commercial accounts
  • Easy Checking to start or rebuild finances
  • Simple Cash Back program

Cons:

  • Only four transactions allowed per cycle
  • High overdraft fees
  • Low-interest rates
  • Only four different CD options
  • Financial Rates: 2.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 3.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • Low opening required amounts
  • MYSB Direct CDs and MMA
  • Classic and jumbo CDs terms offered
  • Business accounts offered

Cons:

  • Accounts have monthly fees
  • CDs have high opening required amounts
  • Rates low and require large sum
  • Cannot open MYSB Direct accounts online
BBVA Compass Review

BBVA Compass has low opening balances for their accounts. The minimum opening deposit for all checking and saving accounts is $25. The opening required amount for CDs is $500.

Small business and commercial business accounts are available from BBVA Compass. Checking accounts, savings accounts, loans, and credit cards are available. Commercial business opportunities also include ways to increase your working capital.

If you do not qualify for a checking account, BBVA Compass offers the Easy Checking account. This account helps you rebuild your finances. If the account is active with a positive balance after 12 months, you can upgrade to a different checking account. The fee for this account is $13.95 a month. The opening amount required is $25. This account offers a debit card and unlimited check writing. Online or mobile banking and text alerts are available. You have the option to enroll in the Simple Cash Back program.

Simple Cash Back is a program that allows you to earn cash-back rewards. This program is available if you have a debit or credit card with BBVA Compass. Your purchase history determines what offers you receive. You can select the offers that you want. The money is then deposited into your account.

Federal regulations allow for six transactions from a savings account each billing cycle. BBVA Compass savings accounts only allow four. Each extra transaction has a $3 fee.

Most banks have a fee if you spend more than you have in your account. BBVA Compass fees are higher than other banks. For every transaction over $1.01 of insufficient funds, the fee is $38. You can link your checking account to a BBVA Compass savings or money market account. This could help cover the insufficient amount. However, the fee to transfer money from a savings or money market into your checking for insufficient funds is $12 a day.

Only a few of BBVA Compass accounts have good interest rates. The money market account earns a competitive rate, but the rates are promotional. They may change. The other accounts have lower interest rates. The rates are higher than typical banks but lower than online-only bank accounts.

Only four of BBVA Compass CD accounts are available online. The terms are 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, and 36 months. The 12 months CD offers a good interest rate, but it is only a promotional rate. It may change. The other three CD terms are much lower than the 12-month term.

Read the full BBVA Compass review.

M.Y. Safra Bank, FSB Review

M.Y. Safra Bank has low opening required amounts for their personal deposit accounts. Their basic checking account requires $25 to open. The rest of their checking, savings, and money market accounts require $100 to open. Their business accounts require $100 to open as well.

Online-only CDs and a money market account are available through M.Y. Safra's online division called MYSB Direct. The CDs earn higher rates than the M.Y. Safra CDs. The CD terms range from three-months to five-years. Each of the CDs and the money market account require $5,000 to open.

M.Y. Safra Bank offers classic and jumbo CDs. The terms for each range from three-months to five-years. The classic CDs require $5,000 to open, and jumbo CDs require $100,000. The rates for the jumbo CDs are only slightly higher than the classic CD rates.

M.Y. Safra offers business accounts. These accounts include a checking, money market, and savings account. Business CDs are also offered. The opening balances for most business accounts are $100. But, to waive the monthly fee requires much higher balances. Those balances range from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the account.

Accounts at M.Y. Safra Bank have a monthly fee. The fees for personal deposit accounts range from $3 to $20 a month. To waive the monthly fees requires an average monthly balance. Those balances range from $1,000 to $5,000. Not all fees can be waived.

CDs through M.Y. Safra Bank have high opening required amounts. Each term requires $5,000 to open. The terms range from 30-days to 84-months. M.Y. Safra Bank offers jumbo CDs. Those require $100,000 to open. The CDs through MYSB Direct require $5,000 to open.

The interest rates for M.Y. Safra accounts are low. To earn the highest rate requires a large account balance. Personal and business checking accounts require $250,000. The M.Y. Safra savings and money market accounts also require $250,000. Lower amounts earn interest, but the rates are not competitive.

MYSB Direct offers online-only accounts. But to open these accounts, you must visit a branch location or call customer service. Both the online-only CDs and money market account require contacting customer service. They cannot be opened entirely online.

Read the full M.Y. Safra Bank, FSB review.

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