Apple Bank Savings Accounts, CD Rates, Checking Account and Money Market Account

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Updated on Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Apple Bank’s savings account options

Grand Yield Savings

This account earns a great interest rate, but you won’t earn anything unless you have $2,500 in the account.

APY

Minimum balance to earn APY

0.50%

$2,500

  • Minimum opening deposit: $100
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: $2 per transaction at a non-Apple Bank ATM.
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $35 per item, for up to six items per day.

Normally, we would consider this bank an excellent choice if you’re looking for a high interest rate. However, you only earn this high interest rate on $2,500 and up, meaning a significant portion of your deposit won’t earn interest.

One of the nice things about this account, on the other hand, is that you have a wide range of options for how to deal with your interest. You can choose to have it redeposited back into this account, deposited into another Apple Bank account or paid out to you each month in the form of a check (as long as you have at least $10 accrued).

Like all other savings accounts, you’re limited to just six debit card, telephone or ACH withdrawals per month, per Federal Regulation D. If you go over that amount, you’ll pay a $20 per-item fee. If you do this enough times, Apple Bank might change your account type or close the account.

How to get Apple Bank’s Grand Yield Savings account

If you want to open Apple Bank’s Grand Yield Savings account, you’ll need to visit a branch in person.

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on Apple Bank For Savings’s secure website

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BONUS Savings

Apple Bank’s BONUS Savings account allows you to earn a very tiny bonus each year on your account-opening anniversary.

APY

Minimum deposit amount

0.60%

$2,500

  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $10 if your account balance drops below $2,500.
  • ATM fee: $2 per transaction at a non-Apple Bank ATM.
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $35 per item, for up to six items per day.

For people who need bonuses in order to motivate them to save, this account may be one option. It doesn’t earn the greatest of interest rates, but it does offer a bonus every year on your anniversary: an extra bonus of 0.25% of the smallest balance you’ve held in the account during the previous year. If your account balance dipped down to just $2,500 (the minimum required to avoid the monthly service fee and to earn any interest at all), that’s just a measly $6.25.

This account also has a six-item limit on certain types of withdrawals (telephone, debit card or ACH). If you go over these limits, you’ll pay a $20 per-item fee, and Apple Bank may downgrade your account to another type or close it if this happens often enough.

How to get Apple Bank’s BONUS Savings account

If you want to open this account, you’ll need to head over to a local branch.

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on Apple Bank For Savings’s secure website

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Apple Bank Savings

This savings account has a lower threshold to earn interest, but you won’t earn much with this account.

APY

Minimum balance to earn APY

0.05%

$250

  • Minimum opening deposit: $100
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $4 if your account balance drops below $500.
  • ATM fee: $2 per transaction at a non-Apple Bank ATM.
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $35 per item, for up to six items per day.

If you don’t have the high account balances needed to earn interest with Apple Bank’s BONUS Savings or Grand Yield savings, this could be one alternative. You can open the bank with as little as $100, and you’ll start earning interest after you’ve saved $250. If you can save up $500, you won’t have to pay the monthly account maintenance fee, either.

This account also comes with the option to have your interest paid out in multiple ways. You can choose to have it redeposited back into the account (as with most normal savings accounts), sent to you by check (as long as the interest earned is more than $10) or deposited into another Apple Bank account.

Per Federal Regulation D, you’re limited to just six ACH, debit or telephone withdrawals per month. For each withdrawal you make over that amount, you’ll pay a $20 “excess withdrawal fee.” Apple Bank can close your account or change it to another account type if you do this frequently enough.

How to get the Apple Bank Savings account

You can open this account at any local Apple Bank branch.

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on Apple Bank For Savings’s secure website

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Youth Savings

This passbook-style account allows children and teens to earn a small amount of interest, as long as they keep at least $5 in the account.

APY

Minimum balance to earn APY

3.00%

$5

  • Minimum opening deposit: $1
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $0
  • ATM fee: $2 per transaction at a non-Apple Bank ATM.
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $35 per item, for up to six items per day.

Apple Bank allows youth ages 6-17 the chance to earn a small amount of interest with this account. It’s not a traditional savings account because it uses a passbook, just like your grandparents used back before the internet existed.

While your child only needs $1 to open this account, they won’t earn any interest until they have at least $5 saved. After that, if they withdraw money and dip the balance below $5 at any point during the month, they won’t earn interest for that day until the balance is back to $5 or more.

When your child turns 18, they won’t be able to make any more deposits into the account. However, it will still earn interest, and Apple Bank will contact them with their options for converting the account to an adult version at that point.

How to get Apple Bank’s Youth Savings account

If your child is between ages 6-17, has their own ID (even just a school ID or birth certificate), and can sign their own name, you can open a Youth Savings account with your child. You’ll need to visit a local branch in order to open this account.

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Holiday/Vacation Club accounts

This is a great forced savings plan for people who need help saving for holidays or for vacations, although you still won’t earn much interest with this account.

APY

Minimum deposit amount

0.05%

$5

  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $0
  • Overdraft fee: $35 per item, for up to six items per day.

If you struggle with saving up for holidays or for vacations, this account can be an excellent choice for you — albeit, you still won’t earn very much interest on your deposit.

The way it works is this: You open the account with as little as $5. Then, you designate how much and how often you want automatic withdrawals taken out of another Apple Bank account and deposited into this one. You can choose either weekly, biweekly, monthly or quarterly transfers.

If you open a Holiday Club Account, all of your money — plus the interest you’ve earned — will be sent to you via check or deposited into another of your Apple Bank accounts (such as your checking account) in the fall, just in time for holiday spending. If you instead opt for the Vacation Club account, the money will instead be sent to you via check or deposited into your other Apple Bank account during the spring, before your spring or summer vacation.

But watch out: If you make a partial withdrawal before the fall or spring (depending on which account type you have), Apple Bank will completely close the account. This account also does not come with ATM access.

How to get Apple Bank’s Holiday/Vacation Club accounts

You can’t open these accounts online — you’ll need to visit a branch in-person to do this.

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How Apple Bank’s savings accounts compare

We’re a bit torn with Apple Bank’s savings accounts. Its highest-earning account, the Grand Yield Savings account, actually does earn a decent interest rate. However, you won’t earn interest on a significant portion of your deposit. If you live in the New York area and want an in-person bank offering a good interest rate, this can be a great option for you.

The rest of its savings accounts, however, offer very little interest. If you’re comfortable banking online and want to earn the best rates possible (on all of your deposit), consider one of these top online savings accounts instead.

Apple Bank CD rates

Apple Bank’s CD accounts offer much higher interest rates than your average neighborhood bank — but watch out for the high early withdrawal penalty.

Term

APY

6 months

2.15%

1 year

2.00%

13 months

2.50%

1 ½ years

0.90%

2 years

0.80%

3 years

0.80%

4 years

1.90%

5 years

1.90%

  • Minimum opening deposit: $1,000
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: $1,000
  • Early withdrawal penalty: For the 6 month CD, you’ll pay a $50 fee plus an extra 1% of the amount withdrawn. For all other CDs, you’ll pay a $50 fee plus an extra 3% of the amount withdrawn.

This account may be a great choice for you as long as you’re fairly certain that you won’t be tempted to withdraw money from this account. That’s because the early withdrawal penalty is very high with this account — you’ll pay a flat $50 fee, plus an extra 1%-3% of the amount withdrawn. Furthermore, if you withdraw enough to drop the balance below the $1,000 mark, Apple Bank will close your CD outright and charge you the penalty on the entire balance.

If you keep the CD open until maturity, it will automatically renew unless you instruct Apple Bank not to do so. If you opt for the account not to renew at maturity, then it’ll earn the same interest rate as the Apple Bank Saving Account until you do something with the cash. But if the CD automatically renews, you’ll still get a five-day grace period to make any changes to the account.

How to get Apple Bank’s CDs

If you want to open one of Apple Bank’s CDs, you’ll need to visit a local branch to set up your new account.

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on Apple Bank For Savings’s secure website

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How Apple Bank’s CD rates compare

Apple Bank’s CDs carry interest rates right on par with our current best CD picks. This can be an especially good option if you want to bank in person with a local branch, yet don’t want to earn the measly CD interest rates that many community banks offer.

However, we advise watching out for the fees that come along with this account. If you think you might need to withdraw the cash at some point during the CD’s term, you may end up paying more than you would at other banks, thanks to this CD’s high early withdrawal penalties. This is especially true if you only open the CD with the minimum opening deposit.

Apple Bank’s checking account options

Grand Yield NOW Checking

You can earn a high interest rate on your checking deposit with this account, but you’ll need to keep a high balance in the account.

APY

Minimum balance to earn APY

0.01%

$2,500

  • Minimum opening deposit: $100
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $10 if your account balance falls below $2,500.
  • ATM fee: $2 per transaction at a non-Apple Bank ATM.
  • ATM fee refund: Your first four non-Apple Bank ATM transactions of the month are free. However, the ATM’s owner may still charge you a surcharge fee, and this is not reimbursed.
  • Overdraft fee: $35 per item, for up to six items per day.

Apple Bank’s Grand Yield NOW checking account offers an exceptionally high interest rate on your checking deposit. It does this by shuffling around money from a money market sub-account to this high interest-earning checking account in the background for you. You don’t need to worry about any of this: All you’ll see on your monthly statement are the transactions you’ve made, along with the one interest rate you’ll receive for this account.

Although you can open this account with as little as $100, you’ll need to keep at least $2,500 in the account in order to earn interest and avoid the monthly maintenance fee. Finally, when you open this account, you’ll also receive your first order of personalized checks for free.

How to get Apple Bank’s Grand Yield NOW Checking account

You can open this account by visiting a local branch in the greater New York area.

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on Apple Bank For Savings’s secure website

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Free ExtraValue Checking

This Apple Bank’s version of a standard no-frills checking account.
  • Minimum deposit amount: $100
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $0
  • ATM fee: $2 per transaction at a non-Apple Bank ATM.
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $35 per item, for up to six items per day.

If you want a bank account with no hassle about remembering to keep up a certain balance level to avoid a monthly fee, this may be one option for you. Of course, this is a noninterest-bearing account, so you won’t earn anything from your deposit either.

One of the perks of this account is that you’ll get your first order of personalized checks for free after you open the account.

How to get Apple Bank’s Free ExtraValue Checking account

If you live near an Apple Bank branch, you can easily open this account in person.

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on Apple Bank For Savings’s secure website

BasicValue Checking

This account makes little sense. It charges a monthly fee, earns no interest and only allows a limited amount of transactions.
  • Minimum deposit amount: $10
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $3, regardless of your balance.
  • ATM fee: $2 per transaction at a non-Apple Bank ATM.
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $35 per item, for up to six items per day.

We don’t know why anyone would want this account.

First of all, there’s a $3 monthly charge, with no way to avoid it. You’ll be paying $3 per month for this account for as long as you own it. Secondly, you’re limited to just eight withdrawals per month with this account. If you go over that amount, you’ll pay a $1 per-item fee. This account seems more like a savings account than a checking account because of these transaction limitations, but it doesn’t offer any interest.

On the bright side, your first order of personalized checks is free.

How to get Apple Bank’s BasicValue Checking account

If you do decide that this account is right for your situation, you’ll need to visit a branch in person to open this account.

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on Apple Bank For Savings’s secure website

Free ClassValue Checking

This free checking account is open to students between the ages of 17 and 25.
  • Minimum deposit amount: $100
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $0
  • ATM fee: $2 per transaction at a non-Apple Bank ATM.
  • ATM fee refund: Your first two non-Apple Bank ATM transactions of the month are free. However, the ATM’s owner may still charge you a surcharge fee, and Apple Bank does not reimburse such fees.
  • Overdraft fee: $35 per item, for up to six items per day.

New York students looking to bank with a local institution may find this a decent option. There are no monthly maintenance fees, and you get two out-of-network ATM fees reimbursed per month.

You’ll need to be between the ages of 17 and 25 to apply for this account, however. Once you reach age 26, you won’t be able to use this account anymore. Apple Bank will let you know your options for transferring your money to a new checking account before your birthday.

Like the rest of Apple Bank’s checking accounts, your first order of personalized checks comes free with this account.

How to get Apple Bank’s Free ClassValue Checking account

If you want to open this account, you’ll need to visit a branch in person.

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on Apple Bank For Savings’s secure website

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How Apple Bank’s checking accounts compare

Compared with most community banks, Apple Bank does offer a decent checking option with its Grand Yield NOW account. The rest of its accounts, however, are mediocre, because they come with account maintenance fees or few perks. This is especially the case with the BasicValue Checking account, which charges you an unavoidable monthly fee for a limited amount of monthly transactions.

If you’re looking for an interest-bearing checking account, we recommend one of these online checking accounts instead.

Apple Bank’s Money Market account

This account earns a decent rate, but only on balances above $2,500.

APY

Minimum balance to earn APY

0.60%

$2,500

  • Minimum opening deposit: $100
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $10 if your account balance falls below $2,500.
  • ATM fee: $2 per transaction at a non-Apple Bank ATM.
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $35 per item, for up to six items per day.

If you want to earn a higher interest rate on your savings but also want the ability to write checks from your deposit, this money market account might be right for you. You can make up to six withdrawals per month via check, debit card, ACH transfer or telephone transfer. After that, you’ll pay a $20 per-item “excess withdrawal” fee. If you violate these limits too many times, Apple Bank may close your account or downgrade it to another type.

Although this account earns a decent interest rate, you’ll need to keep a hefty balance in the account to benefit. If your balance dips below $2,500, you won’t earn any interest for that day unless your balance is brought back up to $2,500. In addition, you’ll also pay a $10 monthly fee if your account balance dips below the $2,500 mark.

How to get Apple Bank’s Money Market account

You can open this account by visiting a branch in person.

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on Apple Bank For Savings’s secure website

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How Apple Bank’s Money Market account compares

Apple Bank definitely does not offer the highest-earning money market account on the market today. Still, its rate isn’t bad, as long as you can pony up the $2,500 needed to earn interest and waive the monthly maintenance fee. This would be a good option for people looking for a local in-person bank they can work with, but don’t want to sacrifice earning good rates on their money market deposit.

Overall review of Apple Bank’s products

We think Apple Bank is a bit hit-or-miss. None of its accounts are front-runners in their classes by any means. But, many of its accounts are also not bad options either, especially for folks who want to do their banking in person and not pay for it in the form of piddly interest rates.

We do recommend watching out for some of its accounts, such as the BasicValue Checking account which offers limited transactions for an unavoidable monthly fee. But, if you choose your accounts carefully, you might very well come out ahead by choosing Apple Bank.

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