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For consumers looking to do most of their banking online and get a top-tier APY for their savings account, PurePoint Financial is a good option to consider.
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About PurePoint Financial
PurePoint Financial is a division of MUFG Union Bank and offers savings accounts as well as certificates of deposit. While PurePoint is primarily an online-only bank, it also makes available 22 financial centers in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, New York and Tampa.
It’s good for getting top-tier APY on savings accounts if you have $10,000 to stash away. You’ll have to look elsewhere for checking accounts, however.
The savings account offers some of the highest APYs.
Customers in select cities have access to a financial center they can visit in person.
PurePoint Financial offers one of the highest yields available in the market, but the minimum deposit to open an account is on the higher end of the spectrum ($10,000).
When you fund a CD within 10 days of submitting an application, you’re guaranteed to get the best rate that’s available. The early withdrawal penalty — regardless of the length of the CD term — is 181 days of simple interest.
Interest is compounded daily and paid monthly.
PurePoint offers some of the nation top-yielding CDs.
The bank offers most of the standard CD terms.
High minimum deposit could be a barrier for some savers.
No special types of CDs offered.
Early withdrawal penalty is harsh for customers with short-term CDs
The PurePoint Financial Online Savings account is in the top-tier of highest APY accounts, but you do need a minimum of $10,000 to earn this APY. Also, the account doesn’t have an ATM card available. If your balance is going to go under $10,000, this isn’t the right account for you since you’ll only earn an APY that’s twice the national average.
One of the highest APY savings accounts available.
There are no monthly service charges.
The account keeps it simple — all you have to do is keep more than $10,000 in the account. Some banks, especially traditional brick-and-mortar institutions have stipulations (a minimum amount of monthly transactions in a checking account, a linked checking account, etc.). PurePoint does not.
There are still some savings accounts with a higher APY.
An ATM card isn’t available for the Online Savings account.
There are lower minimum balance accounts that have a higher APY.
PurePoint Financial calls itself a hybrid digital bank since it has 22 financial centers in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, New York and Tampa. These centers are cashless but they do include self-service kiosks where you can make deposits into your accounts.While it doesn’t have weekend hours to talk to representatives at the bank, you can call bank representatives from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. (EST) on weekdays. It doesn’t yet offer digital budgeting tools. However, it does make available a calculator on its website to help you compare rates. The bank also publishes articles and other resources about saving.