First National Bank of America Review 2020

Published January 2020 by Adrian D. Garcia

AT A GLANCE
3.6
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First National Bank of America is a solid choice for those looking for a regional bank with solid deposit accounts and fair CD offerings. However, those hunting for the highest interest rates or the latest features from a financial institution should shop around.

  • Savings
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    3.2
  • CDs
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    4.8
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    3.0
  • MORE HIGH-YIELD OPTIONS
    MORE HIGH-YIELD OPTIONS
    BMO Harris Bank

    Member FDIC

    MMA

    1.95 % APY

    $ 5,000

    Min. balance for APY

    Goldman Sachs Bank USA

    Member FDIC

    Savings account

    1.70 % APY

    $ 0

    Min. balance for APY

    Goldman Sachs Bank USA

    Member FDIC

    CD

    2.15 % APY

    1 yr

    Term

    $ 500

    Min. deposit

    Overall

    3.6

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    First National Bank of America is a Michigan-based regional bank with solid deposit account offerings.

    What we like

    • Savings and checking accounts can each be opened with $100.

    • Access to thousands of ATMs in the Allpoint network.

    • CDs can be opened with $1,000.

    What we don't

    • Only CDs can be opened online. Other accounts must be opened in a branch or through the mail.

    • Branches are limited to Michigan.

    • Other financial institutions offer higher interest rates for savings, checking accounts.

    Savings accounts

    3.2

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    OTHER SAVINGS OFFERS YOU MAY LIKE
    Goldman Sachs Bank USA

    Member FDIC

    Savings account

    1.70 % APY

    $ 0

    Min. balance for APY

    First National Bank of America has a Statement Savings account that requires $100 to open. The savings account is available only in a First National Bank of America branch. And it's the only retail savings account the bank offers. The bank has three Michigan branches. Its CDs are the only account available online.

    What we like

    • Only a $100 minimum to open the Statement Savings account.

    • The Statement Savings account top APY is available on all balances.

    What we don't

    • The Statement Savings account has an APY that’s twice the Bankrate national average. But there are higher APYs available at other institutions.

    • Because all balances receive the same APY, you aren’t rewarded with tiered balances to deposit more. Many online banks offer higher APY accounts with low or no minimum balance.

    CD rates

    4.8

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    OTHER CD OFFERS YOU MAY LIKE
    Goldman Sachs Bank USA

    Member FDIC

    CD

    2.15 % APY

    1 yr

    Term

    $ 500

    Min. deposit

    First National Bank of America offers CDs across most standard terms. In addition to traditional CDs, there are also options to open a three-, four- or five-year Flex CD, which allows for a one-time rate increase during the length of your term.

    Early withdrawal penalties vary depending on the CD term. For 12-month CDs, you’ll lose 180 days of interest if you close out your account before your CD matures.

    What we like

    • Interest is compounded daily.

    • Low minimum deposit to open an account.

    • CDs can be opened online.

    • The bank offers a bump-up Flex CD product.

    What we don't

    • Flex CD rates are lower than they are for their standard CDs.

    • Interest is credited on a quarterly basis.

    Checking accounts

    3.0

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    OTHER CHECKING OFFERS YOU MAY LIKE
    Radius Bank

    Member FDIC

    Checking account

    1.20 % APY

    $ 100

    To open

    $ 0

    To avoid fees

    Simple Checking is First National Bank of America’s interest-bearing checking option. The account can be opened with $100. FNBA will charge a $6 monthly service charge, plus 30 cents per debit fee, for those who fail to maintain a minimum daily balance of $500 or $750 average daily balance during the statement cycle.

    Another option from FNBA is the Personal Checking account, which can be opened with a $100 deposit. Users of the account will be charged a $4 monthly service charge, plus 30 cents per debit fee, unless they maintain a minimum daily balance of $100 or an average daily balance of $350 per statement cycle.

    What we like

    • The account comes with access to online and digital banking.

    • The account be opened with just $100.

    • Won't be charged for using out-of-network ATMs.

    What we don't

    • Low interest on balances compared with competitors with similar products.

    • Monthly service charge and per debit fee for users with certain low balances.

    • Only three physical branches. The account must be opened within a branch.

    Bank experience

    First National Bank of America won’t wow you with its digital banking features. But if you like to buy stuff with cash, the bank is worth considering. The institution has partnered with Allpoint, so you will have access to more than 50,000 ATMs across the U.S.

    Your ability to reach a bank agent on the phone, however, is restricted to weekdays.

    About First National Bank of America

    First National Bank of America is a family-owned, Michigan-based community bank with three physical branches. The financial institution opened in 1955 as First National Bank of East Lansing. The company transitioned to First National Bank of Michigan in 1978 before ultimately becoming First National Bank of America in 1988. The bank claims more than $1 billion in 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.