Investors Bank Review 2020

Published January 2020 by Mary Wisniewski

AT A GLANCE
3.6
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Low Minimum Deposit

Investors Bank is good for consumers who are shopping for a money market account with a high APY. If you prefer to do banking in person, you will want to pick another bank if you live outside of its footprint.

  • Savings
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    2.7
  • CDs
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    3.2
  • Checking
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    3.0
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    4.3
  • MORE HIGH-YIELD OPTIONS
    MORE HIGH-YIELD OPTIONS
    CIT Bank

    Member FDIC

    MMA

    1.80 % APY

    $ 100

    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

    2.05 % APY

    1 yr

    Term

    $ 500

    Min. deposit

    Overall

    3.6

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    Investors Bank has been around for more than 90 years and offers a variety of banking products online and at more than a hundred branches.

    What we like

    • Low deposit requirements.

    • Offers high-yield money market accounts.

    • Provides useful digital banking features.

    What we don't

    • Physical branches are limited to New Jersey and New York.

    • Not all products are available online.

    • Its high-yield savings account requires you to also get a checking account.

    Savings accounts

    2.7

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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

    Investors Bank has a High-Yield Savings account that’s available for those who have a YourStyle Plus Checking account. Balances of $5,000 or more in the High-Yield Savings account currently earn twice the national average APY.

    What we like

    • High-Yield Savings APY is twice the national average on balances of $5,000 or more.

    • Minimum to open the High-Yield Savings account is only $50.

    What we don't

    • Balances under $5,000 in High Yield Savings earn an APY that’s half the national average.

    • YourStyle Plus Checking account is required to have the High Yield Savings account.

    CD rates

    3.2

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    OTHER CD OFFERS YOU MAY LIKE
    Goldman Sachs Bank USA

    Member FDIC

    CD

    2.05 % APY

    1 yr

    Term

    $ 500

    Min. deposit

    At Investors Bank, customers have access to CDs with terms ranging from three months to five years. The standard CD rates aren’t competitive, but from time to time, there are CD specials available that pay a higher yield.

    Penalties for early withdrawals depend on the length of the CD term. For 12-month CDs, the cost of pulling money out before the term ends is losing 180 days of interest.

    What we like

    • Interest is compounded daily and posted monthly.

    • The minimum deposit for the standard CDs is low ($500).

    What we don't

    • CDs must be opened in a branch.

    • CD yields are much lower than what online banks offer.

    • There’s no 18-month CD available.

    Checking accounts

    3.0

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    OTHER CHECKING OFFERS YOU MAY LIKE
    Simple

    Member FDIC

    Checking account

    1.75 % APY

    $ 0

    To open

    $ 0

    To avoid fees

    The YourStyle Plus Checking account earns tiered-interest rates. The checking account from Investors Bank can be opened for as little as $50. It’s somewhat tough to avoid the $20 monthly service fee. Account holders must maintain a $20,000 average monthly balance across qualifying accounts and direct deposit at least $1,000; make 15 point of sale transactions; or be an eligible investments customer.

    If you don’t care about earning interest on your checking balance, Investors Bank has the YourStyle Checking account. It can be opened with a $50 deposit. The $10 monthly service fee will be waived by maintaining a $1,000 average monthly balance; making a direct deposit of at least $500; or making 10 or more monthly point-of-sale transactions.

    What we like

    • Unlimited free non-Investors ATM transactions for YourStyle Plus Checking customers.

    • Up to $10 of rebates of other bank fees per statement cycle for YourStyle Plus Checking customers.

    • $10 off first order of checks.

    • Interest on all positive balances; $2,500 or more earns the highest rate.

    What we don't

    • Difficult to avoid monthly service fee.

    • Physical branches are limited to New Jersey and New York.

    • Interest rates are fairly low but on par with the standard savings account rate.

    Money market accounts

    4.3

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    OTHER MMA OFFERS YOU MAY LIKE
    CIT Bank

    Member FDIC

    MMA

    1.80 % APY

    $ 100

    Min. balance for APY

    The Investors eAccess Money Market is available in 48 states — every state except for New Jersey and New York. The eAccess Money Market is a way for you to earn one of the highest APYs around, which is nearly 12 times the national average.

    The eAccess Money Market doesn’t require a minimum balance to open the account. You won’t have ATM access with this account. But you can withdraw money by using online banking to initiate ACH debits of the eAccess Money Market. These debits are limited to $250,000 per month, and you’re limited to six withdrawals per calendar month. The account isn’t serviced by its brick-and-mortar branches.

    What we like

    • The eAccess Money Market account has a top-tier APY.

    • Don’t need to make a minimum opening deposit with eAccess Money Market account.

    What we don't

    • Balances over $2 million won’t earn interest in the eAccess Money Market.

    • You can’t access this account from an ATM.

    Bank experience

    As a brick-and-mortar bank, Investors Bank doesn’t skimp on its digital banking tools. With your online Investors Bank account, you can link in data from your other bank accounts. In doing so, you can analyze your money across all of your accounts from a single digital hub. You can also pay for things through your smartphone. Bank accounts work with Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay.

    Note that the bank's Android app has only earned 3.2 out of 5 stars as of mid-April. Its iOS app has earned more praise from reviewers: The app has earned 4.7 out of 5 stars.

    While it doesn’t make available 24/7 customer service via the phone, you can reach a bank representative on the phone seven days a week.

    About Investors Bank

    Investors Bank was founded in 1926 as an organization trying to make homeownership more affordable to the community.

    Now, Investors Bank, which is based in Short Hills, New Jersey, operates more than 145 branches in New York and New Jersey. It offers certificates of deposits, checking accounts, savings accounts and money market accounts. The bank is known for offering some of the highest APYs on money market accounts.

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    At Bankrate, Mary Wisniewski writes on a variety of fintech and banking subjects. Previously, she covered fintech for American Banker and edited op-eds for the publication's BankThink section. She was also a blogger and editor at Bank Innovation and served as a fashion editor for National Jeweler, where she reported on fashion shows and jewelry news. Mary grew up in the Michigan suburbs and now lives in Los Angeles with a maltipoo, a record player and an espresso machine.