Ally Bank offers direct banking, competitive rates
Ally Bank, a division of Ally Financial, is well-known today as an Internet bank with highly competitive savings products, but the company has actually been in business since 1919. Headquartered in Midvale, Utah, Ally Bank was known as the General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC), the automotive financing giant, until its renaming in 2009.
Today the bank services more than 12.5 million consumers and offers checking accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts and CDs. But in a direct-banking marketplace that's becoming increasingly crowded, Ally's products and services stand out in some key ways.
Around the clock service, strong interest rates
If you commonly use online or mobile banking to access your accounts, pay bills and transfer funds, you may be pleasantly surprised by an additional customer service feature of Ally Bank: 24-hour live customer service. While you can conduct all of your banking online if you prefer, it may be reassuring to know you can reach an agent at any time if you have a banking issue.
Ally Bank's savings and money market accounts have been consistent strong finishers in MoneyRates.com's America's Best Rates features, which highlight the nation's top-yielding deposit accounts. In fact, Ally Bank's savings account took top honors in MoneyRates.com's list of best savings accounts for 2013 on the strength of its performances in the America's Best Rates features.
Naturally for a company that focuses on the Internet side of banking, online and mobile banking and bill paying are free services for all Ally Bank customers.
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Ally deposit accounts
Ally Bank's direct banking business offers a variety of deposit accounts that offer two important features to consumers: no minimum balance requirements and no monthly maintenance fees. If you're looking for low fees, Ally Bank is a financial institution worth considering.
If you use ATMs often to get cash, Ally Bank offers another nice perk: Not only does the bank not charge any fee for using any bank machine anywhere in the country, but you'll currently also receive a refund at the end of each statement cycle for ATM fees charged by other banks. You can open an interest checking account, money market account or online savings account with Ally Bank online without any minimum deposit requirement.
Ally Bank also offers a variety of certificate of deposit (CD) rates and terms, including two Raise your Rate CDs that allow you to raise your CD interest rate once or twice during the certificate term if interest rates go up. Ally also offers a no-penalty CD that allows you to withdraw all your money anytime after the first six days following the date you funded the account and keep the interest with no penalties.
Deposits can be made through online transfers, postage paid envelopes or even more conveniently by Ally eCheck deposit℠ via your scanner and computer or applicable smartphone.
In addition to these deposit accounts, Ally Bank offers auto loans, mortgage loans and home-equity loans to customers.
All Ally Bank deposit accounts are fully FDIC insured to the maximum of $250,000 per depositor. If you open a joint account with one other person, each depositor is insured for up to $250,000 for a total of $500,000.
For the latest rates and information on Ally Bank's deposit accounts, please see the tables below.