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Capital One 360 VS AloStar

Which bank is better for you?

  • Financial Rates: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 5.0 Star Icon
2.00%APY
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Pros:

  • Free checking account for teens
  • No fees for any accounts
  • Interest earning account for kids
  • High-interest rate on money market

Cons:

  • Large amount required for highest rates
  • Must link savings to checking account
  • Teen accounts do not offer checks
  • No ATM fee refunds
  • 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:

  • Competitive interest rates
  • Low required amounts to open CDs
  • Accounts are entirely online
  • Shorter terms offer competitive rates

Cons:

  • Limited personal accounts offered
  • Customer service not available 24/7
  • No checks or debit cards offered
  • Must link to an external bank account
Capital One 360 Review

The checking account for teens does not have any fees. The parent can receive text alerts when their account balance is running low. This checking account earns interest. No minimum amount required to open the account or to keep in the account.

There are no fees for any Capital One 360 accounts. There is no minimum required amount to open any of their accounts, or required to stay in the accounts. Capital One 360 accounts are free.

The Capital One 360 savings account for kids pays interest on any amount in the account. There are no fees and no amount required to keep in the account. You will earn the same interest on whatever the balance is. Kids can upload checks through their mobile app. Adults must sign in and use a pin to make transfers out of the savings account.

Capital One 360 offers high-interest rates for their money market accounts. The money market account does not have any fees, and there is no required amount to keep in the account.

To earn the high-interest rates for the money market account, you must have $10,000 deposited. You will earn lower interest rates for any amount under $10,000 in the money market account. To earn the highest interest the $10,000 is necessary.

Capital One 360 savings accounts must link to a checking account when opened. You can link the account to a Capital One 360 checking account or a checking account with another bank. However, the savings account must link to a checking account.

The Capital One 360 checking account comes with a debit card and the possibility of checks. The teen MONEY checking account only comes with a debit card. The teen account does not offer checks.

Capital One 360 does not offer refunds for fees charged at ATMs other than their own. If you use a non-Capital One ATM, you will be charged a fee. Capital One has over 39,000 ATMs across the U.S. Find a Capital One ATM on their website.

Read the full Capital One 360 review.

AloStar Review

AloStar CDs offer competitive interest rates. The interest rates are competitive with other online CDs. The rates are much higher than typical brick and mortar bank rates.

The CDs at AloStar have low required opening amounts. Each of the CDs require $1,000 to open. To earn the competitive interest rates, you must keep $1,000 in the account. There is not a fee if your balance falls below $1,000, but you will not earn interest on the balance.

CDs with AloStar are entirely online. You apply for the CDs online. Once you open an account, everything for the account is online. There are no branch locations. You can reach customer service by phone or email.

Usually with CDs, the longer the term the higher the interest rate. But, with AloStar some shorter terms offer more competitive rates. The 12-month, 18-month, and 24-month CD terms offer the most competitive rates.

There are limited accounts offered through AloStar. The only accounts offered are CDs. AloStar does not offer checking, savings, or money market accounts. The CD terms offered range from three-month to five-year terms.

AloStar customer service is not always available. You can contact customer service through email. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. On Saturday their hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The AloStar CD accounts do not offer debit cards or checks. The only way to access your money is through electronic transfers. You can transfer money during the grace period or after the CD reaches maturity.

To fund your AloStar CDs you must link the accounts to an external bank account. Once the accounts are linked you can make electronic transfers between the accounts. To avoid a fee, make withdrawals or deposits during the grace period or after the CD reaches maturity.

Read the full AloStar review.

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