Banesco USA Bank Review 2020

Published April 2020 by Adrian D. Garcia

AT A GLANCE
3.0

Bankrate Score

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High APYs

Banesco USA offers a mix of deposit and lending products. Some are available online while others must be accessed at a physical branch in South Florida or Puerto Rico. The bank is good for those looking for a financial institution with a regional feel as well as some digital bells and whistles.

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  • MORE HIGH-YIELD OPTIONS
    MORE HIGH-YIELD OPTIONS
    Goldman Sachs Bank USA

    Member FDIC

    Savings account

    0.60 % APY

    $ 0

    Min. balance for APY

    Wealthfront

    Member FDIC

    Checking account

    0.35 % APY

    $ 1

    To open

    $ 0

    To avoid fees

    Capital One

    Member FDIC

    Checking account

    0.10 % APY

    $ 1

    To open

    $ 0

    To avoid fees

    Overall

    3.0

    Bankrate Score

    Banesco USA is a bank headquartered in South Florida that is eager to grow by investing in better customer service and digital enhancements.

    What we like

    • Banesco USA customers can freely use over 43,000 ATMs in the U.S. through the Allpoint network.

    • Regional bank with a growing number of digital offerings.

    • Relatively low minimum requirements to open CDs or savings accounts.

    What we don't

    • The online offerings lag behind some of its larger or online-only competitors.

    • Branch access is limited to South Florida and Puerto Rico.

    • Interest rates for savings products, money market accounts and checking accounts are only available at a branch.

    Savings accounts

    3.1

    Bankrate Score

    OTHER SAVINGS OFFERS YOU MAY LIKE
    Goldman Sachs Bank USA

    Member FDIC

    Savings account

    0.60 % APY

    $ 0

    Min. balance for APY

    BanesGrow is Banesco USA’s savings account. Customers have to open the account within a branch.

    The BanesGrow account also offers up to six withdrawals per month. The account has a minimum opening deposit requirement of $100.

    What we like

    • Requires only a $100 minimum to open the account.

    What we don't

    • Some savings accounts have lower or no minimum balance requirements.

    • APY is not disclosed unless you visit the branch.

    CD rates

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    Bankrate Score

    Banesco offers several traditional CDs for savers who are comfortable locking up their funds for months at a time. As with other standard CDs, an early withdrawal applies for pulling money out of the account before it matures. Penalties vary depending on the term length.

    Few details regarding CDs are available online, and account-related disclosures aren’t available until after the CD is opened by the customer.

    What we like

    • Yields are competitive on a national scale.

    • The minimum deposit is relatively low.

    • Customers can ask for interest to be paid before the maturity date.

    What we don't

    • Interest is not compounded.

    • Some standard CD terms are not available.

    • No special CDs available.

    Checking accounts

    3.1

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    OTHER CHECKING OFFERS YOU MAY LIKE
    Wealthfront

    Member FDIC

    Checking account

    0.35 % APY

    $ 1

    To open

    $ 0

    To avoid fees

    Banesco USA offers the NOW Account as its interest-bearing checking account. The account can be opened with as little as $100 and offers tiered rates for those who have a balance of at least $1,500. Those who maintain the $1,500 daily balance can also avoid the $15 monthly fee. One drawback: Customers have to open the account within a branch.

    The other option from Banesco USA is the Personal Checking Account. It requires $100 to open, and the $15 monthly fee can be waived for those who maintain a daily balance of $100. However, this account also must be opened within a branch.

    What we like

    • Tiered rates offer interest on balances equal to or greater than what some banks offer through their savings products.

    • Access to more than 55,000 ATMs in the U.S. through the Allpoint network.

    • Unlimited checks.

    What we don't

    • Cannot open checking accounts online.

    • APY is not disclosed unless you visit the branch.

    • No interest available for balances less than $1,500.

    • $1,500 minimum balance to avoid $15 monthly fee.

    Money market accounts

    2.7

    Bankrate Score

    The BanesFlex Money Market Account offers check-writing privileges, and you can issue six checks or withdrawals a month.

    The BanesFlex does have a large minimum balance, at $100,000, to get the bank’s top rate in this account. Daily balances under $100,000 earn a significantly lower APY. If you plan on keeping less than $100,000 in the account, there are a few accounts with lower minimum balance requirements and higher — or comparable — APYs.

    You need a minimum of $2,500 to open the BanesFlex account, and you also need to stay above a $2,500 daily balance in order to avoid the $5 maintenance fee.

    What we like

    • Get a free first basic check order at the time of account opening.

    • Banesco Visa Check card comes with the account.

    • Make up to six withdrawals per month. Check writing is included in that six-transaction maximum.

    What we don't

    • Need $100,000 or more to earn the highest APY.

    • Balances between $2,500 and $99,999.99 earn about half the APY that balances $100,000 or more earn.

    • If your balance is under $2,500, you won’t earn interest.

    • APY is not disclosed unless you visit the branch.

    Bank experience

    Banesco USA earns high marks for its ATM access. As a customer, you’ll have access to more than 43,000 ATMs in the U.S. for free at locations like Costco and CVS. In the world, you’ll have access to more than 55,000 ATMs.

    You will, however, have a more limited window of reaching a client care specialist on the phone compared with other banks. Here, you can reach a specialist only on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    The reviews of its mobile banking app are favorable. On the app, you are able to take care of banking basics, like depositing checks. If you’re looking for more cutting-edge features, you may want to bank elsewhere.

    About Banesco USA Bank

    Banesco USA was founded in January 2006 to offer banking services and products to business owners, their families and residents in southern Florida and Puerto Rico. The bank is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, and is part of the worldwide financial institution Banesco International. Banesco USA ended 2018 with $1.28 billion in total assets.

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    Adrian D. Garcia joined Bankrate as a data reporter in 2018. Adrian previously spent four years covering business, trends and other news stories for Denverite.com, the Fort Collins Coloradoan and other news organizations in Colorado. He graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2014. He participated in ProPublica's inaugural summer data institute in 2016 and the SABEW Goldschmidt Data Immersion Training in 2019.