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Oritani Bank Review: Checking, Savings, CD, Money Market and IRA Accounts

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Oritani Bank’s checking account options

TGIF Checking

This basic, no-frills account does not earn interest, but it’s a solid fee-free checking account.
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None at Oritani Bank or Allpoint ATMs; 50 cents to $2 on outside ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $34

The selling point for this account is that it is very easy to open and maintain with such a low opening deposit requirement and no monthly fee or minimum balance to maintain. This account also comes with free online and mobile banking, bill pay, a free MasterMoney debit or Oritani Bank ATM card and a free first order of basic checks.

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Choice Plus Checking

A step above the TGIF account, this one allows you to earn a bit of interest on fairly low balances.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.20%$1,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $100
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $6 (this can be waived)
  • ATM fee: None at Oritani Bank or Allpoint ATMs; 50 cents to $2 on outside ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $34

This account does earn interest on balances of $1,000 or more. While it does have minimal requirements compared to the TGIF account, the $6 monthly service charge is fairly easy to avoid if you have a monthly direct deposit or maintain a $500 minimum balance. This account also offers free online banking and bill pay, along with an Oritani Bank MasterMoney debit card and a free first order of checks. “Bounce protection” is also a possibility, though you’ll have to contact the bank to learn more about what that entails.

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Nifty-Fifty Checking

A checking account for customers 50 and older.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.20%$1,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None at Oritani Bank or Allpoint ATMs; 50 cents to $2 on outside ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $34

This account is meant for bank customers who are 50 or older. Like the Choice Plus account, this one earns interest on balances of $1,000 or more. There are no monthly balance requirements, as well as no monthly fee, and this account offers unlimited check-writing. It also offers free online banking and bill pay services, a free 3-inch by 5-inch safety deposit box for the first year (with a 75% discount on other sizes), 50 free printed checks, an Oritani Bank MasterMoney debit card and bounce protection, though you will need to contact the bank about what that entails.

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Optimum Gold Checking

A checking account with a higher opening deposit account and lackluster tiered rates.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.20%$1,000
0.20%$5,000
0.30%$10,000
0.40%$25,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $10,000
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $20 (this can be waived)
  • ATM fee: None at Oritani Bank or Allpoint ATMs; 50 cents to $2 on outside ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $34

This account earns interest at four different tiers. Although the rates aren’t extraordinary, this account does come with a higher opening deposit requirement and a $10,000 minimum monthly balance requirement to avoid a higher-than-average $20 fee. On the plus side, it does come with free transactions at all Oritani Bank ATMs, free FastBanking phone service, free Optimum Gold checks, 50 free printed checks, an Oritani Bank MasterMoney debit card and bounce protection, though you’ll need to call the bank to inquire about what that entails.

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NJ Consumer Checking

The bank’s cheap checking option, with minimal requirements.
  • Minimum opening deposit: $50
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None at Oritani Bank or Allpoint ATMs; 50 cents to $2 on outside ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $34

This account does not earn interest. It’s another no-frills checking account option with a low opening deposit requirement, and then no balance requirement after that first minimum deposit. You can write up to eight checks a month for a fee of $3. You also get 50 free printed checks.

How to get Oritani Bank’s checking accounts

If you are a resident of New Jersey, you can open any of the above checking accounts at a branch. You’ll need to come with your government-issued ID, Social Security number and address.

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How Oritani Bank’s checking accounts compare

While most of Oritani Bank’s checking accounts come with low or no monthly fees and balance requirements, the interest rates on the accounts that offer it don’t stack up to the rates on our list of the best online checking accounts. Not only that, but the fact that you can only open an account in person could be an inconvenience if you don’t live near one of its branches. We say consider one of the accounts on our list instead.

Oritani Bank’s savings account options

Platinum Savings

This account offers an OK rate for a fairly high minimum balance requirement.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
1.25%$10,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $100
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $10,000
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None at Oritani Bank or Allpoint ATMs; 50 cents to $2 on outside ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $34

This account is advertised as the bank’s “preferred rate consumer Statement Savings account.” Although it comes with a low opening deposit, the minimum to earn interest is pretty high in comparison. Interest on this account is accrued daily and paid out monthly. This account also comes with online banking services and can be linked to an Oritani Bank checking account. As a savings account, this one is subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain withdrawals and transfers up to six a month.

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Passbook Savings

This savings account comes with easier-to-meet requirements.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.25%$100
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $100
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None at Oritani Bank or Allpoint ATMs; 50 cents to $2 on outside ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $34

This account also requires a very low opening deposit. But the minimum balance to earn the APY is also low at $100. This account accrues interest daily and pays it out monthly. It is not eligible for electronic transactions. As a savings account, it’s subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain transactions up to six a month.

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Statement Savings

The bank’s basic savings account.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.25%$250
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $250
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None at Oritani Bank or Allpoint ATMs; 50 cents to $2 on outside ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $34

This account also comes with the same $1 minimum opening deposit as many of the bank’s other accounts. The minimum balance requirement to earn the rate is fairly low, too. This account accrues interest daily and pays it out monthly. You can access the account via online banking, and you can link it to an Oritani Bank checking account. As a savings account, it’s subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain transactions up to six a month.

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Super Passbook Savings

This account offers the same rate as the regular Passbook Savings, though the balance required to earn it is higher.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.25%$250
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $250
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None at Oritani Bank or Allpoint ATMs; 50 cents to $2 on outside ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $34

This account claims to be an upgrade from the regular Passbook Savings account, but the rate begs to differ, as it is the same. But as we mentioned before, the balance required to earn it is slightly higher. This account accrues interest daily and pays it monthly. It is not eligible for electronic transactions. As a savings account, it’s subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain transactions up to six a month.

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Super Saver Plus

Once linked to any active Oritani Bank checking account, this account can earn tiered rates depending on your daily balance.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.15%$250
0.20%$5,000
0.25%$10,000
0.25%$25,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $250
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: Varies; see table
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None at Oritani Bank or Allpoint ATMs; 50 cents to $2 on outside ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $34

This account must be linked to an active Oritani Bank checking account. From there, you can earn one of four tiered interest rate levels. Interest is accrued daily and paid monthly on this account. As a savings account, it’s subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain transactions up to six a month.

How to get Oritani Bank’s savings accounts

Like with the bank’s other personal accounts, these savings accounts must be opened in person if you meet the requirement of being a resident of New Jersey. Be sure to come with your government-issued ID, Social Security number and address.

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How Oritani Bank’s savings accounts compare

While the Platinum Savings account’s rate is on par with some of the accounts on our list of the best online savings accounts, none of the others are. Not only that, but on that specific account, you need to maintain a pretty steep balance to earn that rate. This — along with the fact that you can’t open any of these accounts online — would lead us to say that you should continue to shop around or consider one of our recommended products.

Oritani Bank’s CD rates

Standard Certificates of Deposit

The bank’s regular CDs, with a minimum deposit of $1,000.
TermAPY
3 months0.25%
6 months0.50%
12-15 months0.90%
18 months1.00%
19-24 months1.25%
30 months0.90%
36 months1.25%
48 months1.50%
60 months1.75%
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1,000
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: $1,000
  • Early withdrawal penalty: On CDs of less than 12 months, the penalty is three months worth of interest at the rate it is earning; on CDs 12 months and longer, it’s six months worth of interest at the rate it is earning

These CDs are pretty standard as far as the minimum deposit requirements and early withdrawal penalties go. Interest on these accounts is compounded daily and credited monthly. The rates are fixed until the maturity date, at which point the interest may remain in the account, be automatically withdrawn by check or transferred to another Oritani Bank account. These certificates will automatically renew for the same term length upon maturity.

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Promo CDs, Loyalty CDs

The bank’s promotional CDs, with an opening deposit of $1,000.
TermAPY
6 month Promo CD1.50%
6 month Loyalty CD1.75%
12 month Promo CD1.60%
12 month Loyalty CD1.85%
15 month Promo CD1.75%
24 month Promo CD1.75%
24 month Loyalty CD2.00%
60 month Promo CD1.75%
60 month Loyalty CD2.00%
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1,000
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: $1,000
  • Early withdrawal penalty: On CDs of less than 12 months, the penalty is three months worth of interest at the rate it is earning; on CDs 12 months and longer, it’s six months worth of interest at the rate it is earning

These are Oritani Bank’s promotional CDs, which are offered from time to time for various terms. These will automatically renew at a traditional term that is determined at the time the account is opened at maturity. There is a seven-day grace period following maturity during which principal may be added to or withdrawn without penalty.

How to get Oritani Bank’s CDs

Oritani Bank’s CDs are the lone product that is open to anyone, even if they don’t live in New Jersey. But you still have to visit a branch to open one either way, so that’s likely not a win for potential out-of-state customers.

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How Oritani Bank’s CD rates compare

Although the bank claims its CD rates are competitive, only the promotional rates prove to be on par with the accounts on our list of the best CD rates. If there’s one product to go for at Oritani Bank, it’s these CDs. Get one while you can if it’s convenient for you to visit a bank branch in person and you’ve done your research to know this is the best product available to you.

Oritani Bank’s money market account options

Money Market

Oritani Bank’s basic money market account, offering three tiers.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.20%$1,000
0.20%$5,000
0.30%$10,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $100
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: Varies; see table
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $10 (this can be waived)
  • ATM fee: None at Oritani Bank or Allpoint ATMs; 50 cents to $2 on outside ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $34

Oritani Bank’s money market accounts can be opened with a fairly low deposit, though the $10 monthly fee is only waivable if a minimum $1,000 balance is maintained. It comes with a free first order of Money Market checks, an Oritani Bank ATM card or MasterMoney debit card with no monthly charges, online banking and bill pay services, FastBanking phone service, statements with check images online or by mail, automatic transfers to other Oritani Bank accounts, direct deposit capability and bounce protection (though you’ll need to contact the bank about what that protection entails). This account allows for unlimited deposits and in-person withdrawals. But as a savings account, it is subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits pre-authorized withdrawals and transfers up to six a month.

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Diamond Money Market

This money market account offers a higher rate than the regular account.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
1.05%$0.01
0.45%$250,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $100
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: Varies; see table
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $10 (this can be waived)
  • ATM fee: None at Oritani Bank or Allpoint ATMs; 50 cents to $2 on outside ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $34

Like with the regular Money Market account, this account can be opened with a fairly low deposit, though the monthly $10 fee is only waivable if a $1,000 average balance is maintained. Offering a higher rate at two tiers, the Diamond Money Market account also comes with a free first order of Money Market checks, an Oritani Bank ATM card or MasterMoney debit card with no monthly charges, online banking and bill pay services, FastBanking phone service, statements with check images online or by mail, automatic transfers to other Oritani Bank accounts, direct deposit capability and bounce protection (though you’ll need to contact the bank about what that protection entails). This account allows for unlimited deposits and in-person withdrawals. Keep in mind, though, that as a savings account, this one is subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits pre-authorized withdrawals and transfers up to six a month.

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Premier Money Market account

The bank’s “premier” money market account doesn’t live up to its name as far as the rates are concerned.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
1.50%$0.01
0.45%$250,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $10,000
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: Varies; see table
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $10 (this can be waived)
  • ATM fee: None at Oritani Bank or Allpoint ATMs; 50 cents to $2 on outside ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $34

This account requires a higher opening deposit of $10,000, though the monthly $10 fee is only waivable if that $10,000 balance is maintained. It also offers a slightly higher rate at the first tier than with the Diamond Money Market account. The Premier Money Market account comes with the same account features as the Money Market and Diamond Money Market accounts. But as with all savings accounts, this one is subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits pre-authorized withdrawals and transfers up to six a month.

How to get Oritani Bank’s money market accounts

Like all of Oritani Bank’s personal banking products, its money market accounts must be opened at a branch. You must also be a New Jersey resident to open these accounts. Be sure to come with your government-issued ID, Social Security number and address.

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How Oritani Bank’s money market accounts compare

As far as rates are concerned, none of Oritani Bank’s money market accounts stack up against the competing accounts on our list of the best money market account rates. Not only that, but a few of the tier levels require an astronomical balance to even earn these subpar rates. Add to that the fact that you have to open these in person, and we say give these money market accounts a hard pass.

Oritani Bank’s IRA options

IRA CD rates

IRA Standard Certificates

Oritani Bank’s regular CDs available to open within an IRA, with a $1,000 opening deposit.
TermAPY
3 months0.25%
6 months0.50%
12-15 months0.90%
18 months1.00%
19-24 months1.25%
30 months0.90%
36 months1.25%
48 months1.50%
60 months1.75%
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1,000
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: $1,000
  • Early withdrawal penalty: On CDs of less than 12 months, the penalty is three months worth of interest at the rate it is earning; on CDs 12 months and longer, it’s six months worth of interest at the rate it is earning

These are Oritani Bank’s CDs opened within an IRA. They, too, are pretty standard as far as the minimum deposit requirements and early withdrawal penalties go. Interest on these accounts is compounded daily and credited monthly. The IRA CD rates are fixed until the maturity date, at which point the interest may remain in the account, be automatically withdrawn by check or transferred to another Oritani Bank account. Like with the regular CDs, these certificates will automatically renew for the same term length upon maturity.

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Promo IRA CDs, Loyalty IRA CDs

The bank’s promotional IRA CDs, with a $1,000 opening deposit.
TermAPY
6 month Promo CD1.50%
6 month Loyalty CD1.75%
12 month Promo CD1.60%
12 month Loyalty CD1.85%
15 month Promo CD1.75%
24 month Promo CD1.75%
24 month Loyalty CD2.00%
60 month Promo CD1.75%
60 month Loyalty CD2.00%
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1,000
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: $1,000
  • Early withdrawal penalty: On CDs of less than 12 months, the penalty is three months worth of interest at the rate it is earning; on CDs 12 months and longer, it’s six months worth of interest at the rate it is earning

Oritani Bank’s promotional certificates of deposit extend to its IRA CDs, which are also offered from time to time for various terms. Like with the regular ones, these will automatically renew at a traditional term that is determined at the time the account is opened at maturity. There is a seven-day grace period after maturity during which principal may be added to or withdrawn without penalty.

How to get Oritani Bank’s IRA CDs

Although these IRA CDs are available to anyone even if they live outside of New Jersey, you still have to visit a branch to open one. To do so, you’ll need to come with your government-issued ID, Social Security number and address.

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How Oritani Bank’s IRA CD rates compare

Like with the regular CD products, Oritani Bank’s standard IRA CDs don’t compare to those on our list of the best IRA CD rates. But its promotional rates do, so if this bank is a convenient option for you (convenient enough that you can visit a branch to open an account, anyway), there’s no reason to not at least consider one of these products when doing your research.

IRA Savings

This account can be opened as a traditional or Roth IRA.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.25%$250
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $250
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: N/A
  • ATM fee refund: N/A
  • Overdraft fee: N/A

This IRA Savings account can be opened as a traditional or Roth IRA. If you go the traditional route, some or all of your contributions may be tax deductible, which is dependent on your adjusted gross income. The interest can grow tax-deferred until you decide to withdraw it. If you open it as a Roth IRA, your interest can grow tax-free when withdrawn as a qualified distribution, though your contributions are not tax deductible. As with all savings accounts, this one is subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain transfers and withdrawals up to six a month. This account may also be subject to an additional early withdrawal penalty by the IRS if you withdraw funds before age 59½.

How to get Oritani Bank’s IRA savings account

As with all of Oritani Bank’s deposit accounts, you must open the IRA Savings account in person if you qualify to do so by being a resident of New Jersey. Be sure to come with your government-issued ID, Social Security number and address.

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Overall review of Oritani Bank’s banking products

When you look at the rates across the board for Oritani Bank’s personal banking products, none of them is anything to get excited about, save for its promotional CDs and IRA CDs, which you can open even if you’re not a New Jersey resident. But for those, like with all its personal banking products, you have to open them at a branch, which is sure to be a huge inconvenience for those who don’t live near one. If this alone causes you to give the bank a general pass, we can’t say we blame you.

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Schwab High Yield Investor Checking Account Review

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The Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking account offered by Charles Schwab Bank isn’t your average checking account. In fact, it’s a checking account designed exclusively for investors. If you want the convenience of having your idle cash and invested assets all under one roof, this product could be for you.

What is the Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking account?

The Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking account is an interest-bearing checking account that is linked to your Schwab One brokerage account, making it easy and convenient to invest otherwise idle cash.

This product comes with attractive features that many traditional checking accounts offer — including no minimum balance requirements, no monthly service or ATM fees and a variable interest rate — as well as the unique feature of easy transfers to and from your linked brokerage account. When you open your High Yield Investor Checking account, a Schwab One brokerage account will also be opened for you. The accounts will have separate account numbers, but both can be viewed online with a single login.

Here’s what you can expect to receive upon opening and funding a Schwab High Yield Investor Checking account:

  • 0.03% APY
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance
  • Free transfers to and from your linked brokerage account
  • Schwab Bank Visa Platinum debit card
  • Complimentary checks, deposit slips, mailing labels and pre-addressed, postage-paid envelopes

How is the High Yield Investor Checking account different from other checking accounts?

In most cases, checking accounts do not require you to open another linked account in which funds will flow to and from. The Schwab High Yield Investor Checking account, however, is only available as a linked account with the Schwab One brokerage account.

If you’re in the market for just a checking account to stash the cash you use for your everyday spending needs, opening a brokerage account alongside your checking account can seem like an unnecessary step. The brokerage account’s main function is to trade stocks, options, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs and other financial products.

However, it is worth noting that the Schwab One brokerage account does not have any minimum balance requirements or requirements to fund the account, making it relatively accessible and easy to open.

Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking account fees and minimums

The Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking account features the following fees and minimums:

Monthly service fee

$0

Minimum balance fee

$0

ATM fee

Unlimited ATM fee rebates

Foreign transaction fee

$0

It’s worth noting that while the Schwab One brokerage account also does not have any minimum balance requirements or monthly maintenance fees, other account fees may apply. For example, trades placed through a broker come with a service charge of $25.

Schwab High Yield Investor Checking account pros and cons

Pros

  • Easy to invest idle cash: By having your checking account linked to your brokerage account, it makes it much more convenient to invest any idle cash.
  • Minimal fees: Schwab’s High Yield Investor Checking account boasts minimal fees compared to other checking accounts, specifically ones offered by other big banks.
  • Unlimited ATM rebates: This is a valuable feature and could save you a significant amount of money over time.

Cons

  • Low interest rate: The account’s 0.03% APY pales in comparison to other high-yield checking accounts, some of which have rates that climb to over 5.00% APY.
  • Unnecessary complexity: The requirement of having a Schwab One brokerage account could be viewed as an added hoop to jump through for those simply looking for a traditional checking account product.
  • Non-sufficient funds fee: Watch out for the account’s non-sufficient funds (NSF) fee of $25, up to $100 maximum per day, if you don’t have enough money in your account to cover a transaction. Still, this is less than the average NSF fee of $30.50.

Who is the Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking account good for?

If you’re just looking for a liquid checking account that you can use for your everyday spending needs, the Schwab High Yield Investor Checking account is likely not for you. There are other checking accounts offering much higher interest rates without requiring you to link a brokerage account in order to open the account. Additionally, if your strategy is to let your extra cash sit in the Schwab High Yield Investor Checking account without initiating regular transfers to your Schwab One brokerage account, your money would grow at a considerably faster rate in a high-yield savings account, money market account or CD.

If you already are an investor and have a Schwab One brokerage account — or are looking for a checking account that provides easy and instant transfers to and from your brokerage account — the Schwab High Yield Investor Checking account is certainly worth exploring. It has many of the same, standout features that the best traditional checking accounts have, while also being one of the few checking accounts out there that provides instant access to your invested assets.

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The Top 7 Second Chance Bank Accounts

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Some banks don’t like giving second chances to customers who have less-than-stellar financial histories, especially since it could expose them to expensive risks. A record of bounced checks or debit card overdrafts could easily lock you out of the conveniences of modern banking.

Fortunately, banks also like making money, and some offer special “second chance” accounts that minimize their risk while allowing consumers to stay in the banking system. A second chance bank account gives customers with troubled records a fresh opportunity to demonstrate they can bank responsibly.

When it comes to a second chance account, fees are an unfortunate reality. But some accounts offer customers a better deal than others, and we’ve researched our database to find the second chance accounts with the most reasonable fee structures, while also factoring in whether they provide online and mobile banking, and how accessible accounts are throughout the country.

Account Name

Monthly Fee

Minimum to open

Availability

Chime$0$0Nationwide
Peoples Bank Cash Solutions Second Chance Checking$4.95 $30Nationwide
GoBank Checking Account$8.95, can be waived if you meet requirements$20Nationwide
Radius Essential Checking$0$10Nationwide
Wells Fargo Opportunity Checking and Savings Accounts$10, can be waived if you meet requirements$25Nationwide
BBVA Easy Checking$13.95$25Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Texas
Woodforest National Bank Second Chance Checking$9.95 monthly maintenance fee if you use a direct deposit; $11.95 without a direct deposit$25Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia

Second chance account basics

With a second chance bank account, customers shut out of traditional bank accounts get the opportunity to win their way back into a bank’s good graces. Similar to credit bureaus, financial services company ChexSystems maintains records of consumers’ banking histories. Bounced checks, overdrawn accounts or instances of fraud can all end up on your ChexSystems record; if you accumulate enough black marks on ChexSystems, banks could deny your application to open a new account.

Because second chance accounts are meant for customers who have demonstrated bad banking behavior, some lack features of traditional accounts, such as overdraft protection. In the eyes of the bank, you represent too much of a risk for them to extend you such courtesies.

Nobody likes paying fees, and we generally advise consumers to avoid needless banking fees due to the many fee-free banking options available. But fees are the price you pay for access to banking when you have a poor record. Plus, the second chance accounts listed below give you access to online and mobile banking, which is always a plus.

The 7 best second chance bank accounts

1. Chime

Chime

Fintech app developer Chime is not a bank, however their online checking account product is open to everybody no matter how bad your record is with ChexSystems. Chime does not check on applicants with ChexSystems, plus they offer lots of non-traditional features to help you get your financial life back on track. Best of all is the fact that they charge no fees at all, and require neither a minimum opening deposit or a minimum balance.

Chime account features:

  • No opening balance or minimum balance requirements.
  • Set up direct deposit for your paycheck, and the funds from each pay period will be deposited as soon as the transaction is initiated, giving you access to your pay up to two days earlier than conventional checking accounts.
  • Automatic savings features to help you save in your connected Chime Savings account.
  • The app sends you daily bank account balance notifications, and sends transaction alerts every time you use your debit card.
  • You can disable the debit card from the app.

Fees to watch out for:

  • Chime’s service is almost entirely fee-free: No monthly charges, no ACH transfer fees, no foreign transaction fees, and no ATM fees if you withdraw funds from MoneyPass ATMs.
  • If you make an ATM withdrawal outside of these networks, there is a $2.50 fee.
  • Overdrafts are not permitted, so there is never an overdraft fee.

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on Chime’s secure website

Member FDIC

2. Peoples Bank Cash Solutions Second Chance Checking

Peoples Bank Cash Solutions

This Texas-based bank offers a second chance bank account that is available nationwide, and so long as you don’t have a record of bank or checking fraud on your record, you should be approved for this account. You’ll need to deposit at least $30 before the bank activates your account and provides you with checks and a debit card.

Fees to watch out for:

  • $4.95 monthly maintenance fee
  • $27.50 overdraft fee
  • $27.50 nonsufficient funds fee
  • $3.95 printed statement fee (which can be avoided with electronic statements)
  • $2.00 ATM withdrawal fee at machines not owned by Peoples Bank
  • $25 stop payment fee
  • $20 account closure fee (if within 90 days of opening account)

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on Peoples Bank Cash Solutions’s secure website

Member FDIC

3. GoBank Checking Account

GoBank

A brand of Green Dot Bank, GoBank does not run a background check for new checking customers on ChexSystems, and it does not require a credit check. The account comes with a free debit card and fee-free access to a large network of ATMs, although be warned that out-of-network ATM withdrawals carry a $3 fee, on top of whatever the ATM operator charges. GoBank’s $8.95 monthly fee is high. However, this fee can be avoided with a monthly $500 direct deposit.

Account Features:

  • A free debit card
  • 24/7 mobile and online banking
  • Simple budgeting and spending tracker tools
  • Mobile check deposits

Fees to watch out for:

  • $2.95 sign-up fee, waived if you set up your account online
  • $8.95 monthly maintenance fee, waived each month your account receives payroll or government direct deposits totaling at least $500
  • Fees of up to $4.95 charged by retailers to make cash deposits
  • $3 out-of-network ATM withdrawal fee
  • $5 card replacement fee
  • Foreign transaction fee is 3% total transaction

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on GoBank’s secure website

Member FDIC

4. Radius Essential Checking

Radius Bank

Products from online bank Radius are available to customers nationwide, and accessibility is a strong point in its favor. This second chance bank account only requires customers to deposit $10 to open an Essential Checking account, which is lower than some other accounts on this list.

Account Features:

  • A free debit card
  • 24/7 mobile and online banking
  • Access to Radius’s budgeting and personal finance tracking apps
  • Eligibility to upgrade to Radius’s Reward Checking account after 12 months of positive banking history

Fees to watch out for:

  • $9 monthly maintenance fee
  • $25 per item non-sufficient funds fee (waived on all overdraft items $5 or less)
  • $5 daily overdraft fee

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on Radius Bank’s secure website

Member FDIC

5. Wells Fargo Opportunity Checking and Savings Accounts

Wells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo’s Opportunity Checking and Savings Accounts are tailor-made for folks with a lackluster credit or banking history. With a $25 opening deposit, you’ll get access to a second chance bank account that offers most of the bells and whistles of a traditional bank account. The account does come with a monthly fee, although it’s possible to waive it if you meet a few requirements (see below).

Account features:

  • $25 minimum deposit to open
  • Free transfers are available between Opportunity Checking and Savings accounts
  • You can choose to opt into overdraft protection
  • Free access to bill pay
  • “My Spending Report with Budget Watch” is available if you want to pay extra attention to where your money is going
  • Free debit card with access to more than 13,000 Wells Fargo ATMs throughout the country

Fees to watch out for:

  • $10 monthly service fee, waived if any of the following are true:
    • You make 10 posted debit card purchases or payments
    • You keep a minimum daily balance of $1,500 in the account
    • You receive $500 total in direct deposits each statement cycle
  • $35 overdraft and returned item fee
  • $12.50 overdraft protection transfer fee
  • $15 fee for excess activity (exceeding withdrawals from your savings account)
  • 3% foreign transaction fee with your debit card
  • $5 for money orders
  • $31 for stop payments

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on Wells Fargo Bank’s secure website

Member FDIC

6. BBVA Easy Checking

BBVA
BBVA’s Easy Checking product is available as a second chance account to customers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Texas. There is a $13.95 monthly service charge to maintain the account. You can request that BBVA upgrade your account one of their regular checking products after 12 months — and ditch that high monthly fee — so long as the Easy Checking account remains active and has a positive balance.

BBVA Easy Checking features::

  • Online and mobile banking, customized alerts, and a free debit card (with option to personalize)
  • $25 minimum deposit to open
  • Free BBVA ATM withdrawals

Fees to watch out for:

  • $3 fee for out-of-network ATM withdrawals
  • $38 insufficient funds fee ($32 in California)
  • $15 deposit item returned fee
  • $32 stop payment fee made over the phone or in person ($30 in California); $25 if made online

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on BBVA’s secure website

Member FDIC

7. Woodforest National Bank Second Chance Checking

Woodforest National Bank

This regional bank has a checking account aptly named Second Chance Checking, to help people rejected by other banks access — provided they live in one of the 17 states where a physical branch exists and can meet the $25 minimum opening deposit requirement. Those states are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Fees to watch out for:

  • $9.95 monthly maintenance fee if you use a direct deposit
  • $9 one-time account set-up fee
  • $2.50 ATM withdrawal fee when used at a non-Woodforest network ATM
  • $15 debit card set-up fee
  • $32 overdraft fee (for each charge)

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on Woodforest National Bank’s secure website

Member FDIC

Alternatives to a second chance bank account

Get a prepaid debit card

Tired of the traditional banking experience? You could opt for a prepaid debit card instead. With a prepaid card, you can load money onto it and spend at merchants that accept major credit and debit cards. But if you try and spend more money than what’s on the card, the transaction is declined — although this prevents you from accruing any overdraft or insufficient funds fees. This is useful if you feel you may still have trouble managing your spending and need an extra layer of security to prevent you from getting into trouble.

Some prepaid cards offer extra perks like advance direct deposit and free ATMs so long as you stay in their network.

Open a secured credit card

You may also have better luck applying for a secured credit card if your credit score is in good enough shape. Usually, this requires depositing cash with the lender, who then gives you the credit card for the same amount. Each month that you make on-time payments, the bank will report that good behavior to the credit bureaus, helping you boost your credit score. At the end of the payment period (generally 12 months, though it varies by banks), you’ll get the full deposit back.

Secured cards can come with high interest rates and many don’t feature the enticing rewards other high-end cards do, but they get the basic job done for consumers who don’t need a card with a high credit limit.

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