Banking Deals of the Week: Nov. 11


President John F. Kennedy once famously said, “life isn’t fair.”

If JFK were around today, he might apply his famous phrase to the current dichotomy between Main Street and Wall Street.

Last week, the U.S. Labor Department announced that the unemployment number had reached 10.2% for October — a 26 year-high. According to some economists, it could take four years before unemployment settles back down to 5% or 6%.

But Wall Street isn’t sharing the pain. According to Standard & Poor’s, 80% of companies listed on the S&P 500 are reporting better-than-expected earnings on third-quarter profits.

Once again, despite a populist, reform-minded President who rose to power touting Main Street over Wall Street, Wall Street wins again.
Life isn’t fair.

But never let it be said that “Deals of the Week” isn’t doing its part to close the gap between Main Street and Wall Street. In fact, separating banks from their money is the least we can due to help consumers rebound from tough economic times.

Business Checking

Small business owners are really getting whacked. Fewer consumers mean less profit, and the government seems ready to shackle small businesses with higher taxes and onerous health care regulations.

At least small business owners can get a break — this time via a $200 cash bonus by opening a business checking account with Chase Bank (Stock Quote: JPM). You only have a little more than a week to act on this deal (it expires Nov. 20).

But you can still get the deal by opening an account with a minimum $500 deposit. Within 10 days of confirming the deposit, Chase will pop $200 into your account.

You can open the account at a local Chase branch, call them at 1-800-CHASE24, or apply online.

You’ll need a coupon (COUPON CODE: 34482060000052372). You can print out a copy of the coupon here.

You may have to push Chase customer service reps to honor the deal — it took BankingMyWay a few phone calls to get a similar deal earlier this year. But the coupon should seal the deal.

Certificates of Deposit

“Deals of the Week” highlighted Hudson City Savings this summer — it’s a New York bank with an increasingly attractive reputation for doling out good CD rates.

Hudson City is at it again, with 3.5% APY for its five-year CDs; 3% APY for its three-year CDs; and 2.5% APY for its two-year CDs. All are well above average national CD rates for their categories.

You’ll need a minimum amount of $5,000 to get the good rates. You can apply online here.

To reach the bank by phone, the number is (201)967-1900 x1887.

Watch out for early withdrawals. Hudson City will nail you with six months worth of interest on CDs with durations of longer than one year.

Online Savings Accounts

Capital One (Stock Quote: COF) is back with a new savings account through its Direct Banking division.

It’s called InterestPlus Online Savings, and the benefits go a bit deeper than Capital One’s traditional online savings account.

The InterestPlus Web page says it all: “Get paid twice. Earn a great 1.7% APY plus a 10% bonus on your interest earned."

According to the bank’s Web site, InterestPlus Online Savings is an online savings account that gives you:

  • 1.7% APY with $2,500 or more in the account.
  • An extra 10% quarterly bonus on your interest earned. Just keep a balance of at least $15,000 in your savings account each month or use a Capital One credit card at least once a month to qualify.

There are no fees attached to the account and all of your statements are delivered through Capital One’s Online Banking e-mail service.

The $15,000 savings account requirement is high, but with the national average savings account rate at 0.22%, according to the BankingMyWay Weekly Savings Rate Tracker, a 1.87% rate (that includes the 10% bonus) is really off the charts.

Get more information on the deal here.

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