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Readers: What Bank Works For You?

Category: Articles- gotalkmoney.com- 3:11 pm/ January 30, 2008

A lot of people will ask us via e-mail what bank we recommend.  While we recommend every bank that’s listed on our website, some people find that some banks have poor customer service.  To find the best, it’s time for you, the reader to answer these questions for us!

Whether you have a money market account or you have a CD with a particular bank, let us know what bank has the greatest customer service and which bank you would recommend to our readers and why.

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Get $100 with TD Ameritrade

Category: Bank Deals- gotalkmoney.com- 3:23 pm/ January 27, 2008

Suze Orman and TD Ameritrade have teamed up to give you a $100 bonus when you sign up for a TD Ameritrade account. 

When you sign up for the account, you will be required to have –

-          Social security number

-          Employment Information

-          Banking Information (so you can fund your account)

Make sure that you open this account up by 3/31/2008 because this is when the offer will expire.

In order to receive the $100 bonus, you must fit these criteria –

-          Have account opened up for at least 12 months.

-          Must deposit $50 before 30 day anniversary.

-          You need to make 12 consecutive $50 deposits per month.

-          Must be 18 or older.

If you’d like to find out more about this deal, visit TD Ameritrade’s website.

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5.30% 3 month CD with TD Ameritrade

Category: CD Rates- gotalkmoney.com- 3:15 pm/

Open up a new account with TD Ameritrade and deposit at least $10,000 and you’ll be eliglbe for a 5.30% CD for 3 months.

Make sure you act fast because this offer is set to expire on 2/1/2008!

Terms and conditions regarding this CD can be found on TD Ameritrade’s website.

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Get Free Gas Rewards with Sovereign Bank

Category: Bank Deals- gotalkmoney.com- 6:41 pm/ January 22, 2008

Open up a personal or business account with Sovereign Bank and receive gas rewards.

The following are details from their website –

For the personal account – Get up to $100 in gas

Here’s a special offer just for new personal checking customers. Open your account and ask for a Visa® CheckCard. Use the card 6 times in 60 days* and you’ll get $50 in Gas Rewards. And get an additional $50 when you have direct deposit.** We make it easy to switch banks, too. Open a checking account. And get Sovereign Gas Rewards.

For the business account – Get up to $200 in gas

Here’s a special offer just for new business checking customers. Open your account and ask for a Visa® CheckCard. Use the card 6 times in 60 days and you’ll get $200 in Gas Rewards. Open a business checking account. And get Sovereign Gas Rewards.

More information including the terms and conditions can be found on Sovereign Bank’s website.

Thanks to our pals at Bankaholic for bringing this to my attention.

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Current Money Market Accounts Under $500 minimum

Category: CD Rates- gotalkmoney.com- 2:36 pm/ January 15, 2008

If you want to get more money on your money, you may want to go the money market route.  A money market is a great way to get a better return on your money.  A money market acts as a savings account but has different restrictions.  With a money market, you’ll only be able to access your account a few times a month compared to a savings account where you can access it multiple times without fees.

Below is a chart of money market accounts as of 1/15/2008 that have a minimum opening balance of $500 or less.

AmTrust Bank  - 5.11% APY - $1 minimum

Corus Bank – 5.10% APY -  $100 minimum

FNBO Direct – 5.05% APY - $1 minimum

E*trade – 5.05% APY - $1 minimum

Savings Square – 5.00% APY - $1 minimum

UFB Direct – 5.00% APY - $1 minimum

Igobanking – 4.90% - $1 minimum

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