at Ally Bank,

Member, FDIC

Pros

No monthly maintenance fees or minimum balances
Access to over 43,000 free ATMs via checking or money market accounts
2.00% APY on savings, among the best you'll find

Cons

No way to deposit cash
For its savings account, Ally charges $10 for every outbound transfer after the sixth one

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Overall

4.5

An online-only bank, Ally Bank has become popular among people seeking strong rates and robust customer service. Because it doesn’t have to put money into physical branches, Ally is able to offer better rates and fees than brick-and-mortar institutions and can invest more in its products.

 

Ratings methodology | Updated Oct. 9, 2018

Checking

4.5

Ally offers an interest-bearing checking account with good rates, low fees and free access to over 43,000 ATMs nationwide. Ally will also reimburse you up to $10 per statement cycle for any fees you’re charged using an out-of-network ATM in the U.S. Although there is only one checking account to choose from, its rates are competitive, starting at 0.10% APY.

 

Note that Ally doesn't accept cash deposits. Your options include mobile check deposit, setting up direct deposit, setting up a wire transfer or sending a check by mail.

Online Savings Account
APY
2.00%
Min. balance for APY
$1

at Ally Bank,

Member, FDIC

Interest Checking Account
APY
0.10%
Monthly fee
$0
Balance to waive monthly fee
$0

at Ally Bank,

Member, FDIC

High Yield CD
APY
3.10%
Min. balance for APY
$25,000
Length of term
5 years

at Ally Bank,

Member, FDIC

How does Ally Bank compare?

Ally Bank

Online Savings Account

NerdWallet Rating

at Ally Bank,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.00%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Competitive APY

Live help 24/7

Goldman Sachs Bank USA

Online Savings

NerdWallet Rating

at Goldman Sachs Bank USA,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.05%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Competitive APY

American Express National Bank

High Yield Savings Account

NerdWallet Rating

at American Express National Bank,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.00%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Competitive APY

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Overall
Customer service
Poor
Website / app
Poor
Rates
Poor
Fees
High
Don't get a car loan!
Their commercials may claim they have no hidden fees, but when we tried to pay our car note early the payoff balance was $2000 more than we actually owed because of their early payout penalty. And when we called to ask why their "customer service" people had no clue and took 2 days to get back to us with an answer. These people are thieves. So now we have to either continue making payments or pay thousands in blood money to get our title back.
Overall
Customer service
Poor
Website / app
Poor
Rates
Poor
Fees
High
What a crappy company
I paid off my car loan and it’s been 10 days since the check cleared the bank. I just called; they told me it would take another 2-3 weeks to make sure the check cleared the bank. What the hell! The check has long since cleared. This is ridiculous.
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