The Ultra Advantage Level gives you the most for your money and all of the good stuff. The Ultra Advantage Level requires a primary account relationship of $25,000 or more — calculated each month end by adding the monthly average daily balance for deposits, plus the end of the month balance for loans not delinquent. If the account relationship balance drops below $25,000, you still receive all the advantages below for only $12.00 per month.
Annual Interest Rate
Account Opening Bonus
This is for people who just use a checking account to pay some bills and perhaps use a debit card to pay some daily expenses. Some basic accounts require direct deposit or a minimum balance to avoid monthly “maintenance” fees. You may be limited to a certain number of checks per month; exceed that number and you’ll pay a “per item” fee for each additional check you write. You don’t want to maintain a high balance in these accounts because you won’t be paid interest.
A free checking account is “no monthly service charges or per-item fees regardless of balance or activity.” Free checking doesn’t mean you won’t have to pay any fees. If you bounce a check, you’ll pay a nonsufficient funds fee (NSF).
These accounts usually need a minimum balance to open, and you may need to maintain an even higher balance to avoid fees. For example, a bank may require just $50 to open an account, but will charge $5 in service fees each month if you don’t maintain a $1,000 balance. Interest usually is paid monthly, but these accounts pay a notoriously low interest rate, and don’t suit most.
An account owned by two or more people with each co-owner having equal access to the account. Most types of accounts, whether it’s basic checking, savings or money market, allow for joint use.