Recent Bank Findings: Provident NJ Direct 3.25% APY and Bank of America Fork 2.20% APY
Banks that pay you 3% or more APY for your money are rare these days. In fact, right now there’s only one bank as far as I know willing to give you that kind of *high-yield*. Not long ago, we had a Redneck Bank that paid an unbeatable 3.10% APY, but the bank was quickly overwhelmed by savers: First it stopped accepting new customers, then dropped its rate to 2.00% APY, a rate you can find at many banks, even at Dollar Savings Direct. Then a new bank, Darby Direct showed up with a very competitive 3.00% APY offering. But that didn’t last long either. In less than a month, the rate was reduced to 2.25% APY.
Now we have a new bank playing the high-yield game.
ProvidentNJ Direct Power Savings 3.25% APY
Even though this is only a introductory rate, it still looks very good. ProvidentNJ Direct is offering a 3-month promotional 3.25% APY for its Power Savings Account. After the introductory period, the rate will be determined by the deposit amount and current rate. For balance between $50 and $9,999, the yield will be 1.75% APY and for balance over $10,000, the yield will be 2.25% APY, significantly lower than the promo rate, but still quite attractive.
ProvidentNJ Direct is the online division of The Provident Bank, which was established on February 28, 1839. The bank, headquartered in Jersey City, NJ, operates 84 branches in the state and has been insured by the FDIC since January 1, 1934 (FDIC certificate number 12010).
To open an account and enjoy the 3.25% APY, you will need a minimum deposit of $50. Other information about ProvidentNJ Direct:
- The Provident Bank routing number is 021205499;
- Free online banking;
- Free Provident ATM card;
- Electronic statement only via Provident Connect;
- Trial deposit account ownership verification;
- Bankrate.com Safe & Sound Rating gives Thank Provident Bank 4 stars out of 5.
In addition to the Power Savings Account, ProvidentNJ Direct also offers a Green Checking Account that pays 3.75% APY for the first $1,000 deposit. Like the Savings Account, the Checking Account is also nationally available.
Bank of America Fork SaveSmart Direct Savings 2.20% APY
No, this bank has nothing to do with Bank of America. Bank of America Fork is small bank that does its business in Utah, where it has 11 branch offices. The bank was established on January 1, 1913 and has been FDIC insured since January 1, 1934 (Certificate number 12773). Currently, Bank of America Fork is offering tiered rates for its SaveSmart Direct Savings Account:
- Balance $10 – $999: 0.50% APY
- Balance above $1,000: 2.20% APY
And if you have more than $250,000, which is the limit covered by the FDIC insurance, you can get 2.30% APY.
Other features of the account include:
- Bank of American Fork’s routing number is 124301025;
- $10 minimum deposit to open an account (can be funded by credit cards; $1.50 monthly fee for balance below $10) ;
- Up to 3 links to external accounts;
- Free online banking;
- Up to 6 preauthorized monthly withdrawals ($1 for each withdrawal if over the limit);
- Bankrate.com Safe & Sound Rating gives Thank Provident Bank 3 stars out of 5.
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