UFB Direct Review 2020

Published March 2020 by Matthew Goldberg

AT A GLANCE
4.1

Bankrate Score

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UFB Direct offers the opportunity to get competitive APYs via its High Yield Savings account and UFB Premium Money Market account.

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    4.6
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    Overall

    4.1

    Bankrate Score

    UFB Direct is a division of Axos Bank. UFB Direct was established in 1999. The bank is a direct bank and doesn’t have any branches.

    What we like

    • Money market and savings accounts offer highly competitive APYs.

    • The bank offers 24/7 phone support.

    • You can view all accounts, not just your UFB Direct accounts, with FinanceWorks.

    What we don't

    • Money market account requires $25,000 balance to get the top APY.

    • Higher APYs available elsewhere if you can't reach the minimum balance.

    Savings accounts

    4.6

    Bankrate Score

    The UFB High Yield Savings account offers a highly competitive yield, but it also requires a minimum balance of $10,000 to earn it. Balances below that tier earn 0 percent APY. The High Yield Savings account doesn't carry a maintenance fee.

    What we like

    • One of the highest APYs available nationwide.

    • No monthly maintenance fees.

    • Interest is compounded daily.

    What we don't

    • $10,000 minimum balance required to earn the top APY.

    • Balances under $10,000 won't earn any yield.

    Money market accounts

    3.7

    Bankrate Score

    The UFB Premium Money Market account offers both check-writing privileges and a highly competitive APY. You do need at least $25,000 in the account in order to earn the top APY. Balances below that threshold will earn only 0.5 percent APY. If you’re going to keep less than $25,000 in this account, you probably should look at other options that pay higher APYs on smaller balances.

    You will get a Visa debit card.

    What we like

    • Offers a competitive APY.

    • Comes with a debit card.

    • Account has check-writing privileges.

    What we don't

    • High minimum balance of $25,000 required for top APY.

    • Balances under $25,000 earn a much lower APY.

    Bank experience

    UFB Direct’s mobile banking app offers the tried-and-true features, such as mobile deposit capture and the ability to pay your bills.

    The online-only bank stands out from some rivals through its budgeting tools. In using these features, you will also have the option to link your outside bank accounts to get insights across all of your money.

    At UFB Direct, you can pay for things via Apple Pay and Google Pay.

    About UFB Direct

    UFB Direct is a division of Axos Bank. UFB Direct was established in 1999. The bank is a direct bank and doesn’t have any branches.

    UFB Direct offers competitive yields on its savings and money market accounts. It does not offer checking accounts or CDs.

     

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    Matthew Goldberg is a consumer banking reporter at Bankrate. Nearly his entire career has either been as a reporter or working in financial services, in banking and insurance. His writing has been featured on MSN, appeared in Sports Illustrated On Campus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Buffalo News and other publications. He has been honored by both the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association and the Illinois Press Association. Matthew is currently on the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) Board of Governors. He has previously served on conference planning committees, the training committee and the finance committee for SABEW, which is the world's largest and oldest organization of business and financial journalists. His reporting career has included working as a staff reporter at two daily newspapers. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Illinois State University and an MBA at William Paterson University.