2014 high-yield checking: Great Lakes Credit Union

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Great Lakes Credit Union in north Chicago offers Ultimate Checking, with an above-average annual percentage yield, but it requires 10 debit purchases and receiving an e-statement per month. Bankrate's 2014 High-Yield Checking Survey breaks down the returns you can get with each account, and the hoops you'll have to jump through to get them.

Great Lakes Credit Union

Location: North Chicago

Nationally offered?APYAPY if conditions not metMonthly debit transactions requiredBill pay or automatic withdrawal required?Direct deposit required?Balance cap
Nationally offered? YAPY: 3%APY if conditions not met: 0.05%Monthly debit transactions required: 10*Bill pay or automatic withdrawal required? YDirect deposit required? YBalance cap: $10,000


  • Ultimate Checking: Available nationally.
  • For 3% APY: 10 debit card purchases per month totaling $100 or more (signature purchases only, no returns, PIN or ATM). $500 direct deposit, 10 debit card purchases and e-statements are required monthly. Pay one bill per month through Bill Pay or log in to mobile banking once per month.
  • $500 direct deposit or 5 debit card purchases in a statement cycle; account holder gets no interest, monthly fee or minimum balance requirement.
  • Monthly fee: $5, if none of the above requirements are met. No minimum to open a checking account; $5 for membership/savings account and no fee for joining the United Buyers Services Club.
  • Balance above $15,000 yields 0.05%, if qualifications are met.
  • ATM refund: $5 max per statement cycle if requirements are met.

*See notes section for more details. canvassed banks, thrifts and credit unions March 10-13 and reports data on 56 high-yield checking accounts offered by 54 institutions.



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