Zions Bank: Offering Internet-Only Savings Rates with Brick-and-Mortar Locations

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The Zions Bank Internet Savings Account is currently offering a 1.11% APY, yet it also has over 125 physical branches you could visit if need be.

Recently, I discussed how many online-only banks, such as Bank of Internet, are able to offer better interest rates than many brick-and-mortar banks because they are able to keep their overhead costs low. But what if you just don't feel comfortable using an online-only bank? Even if people conduct most of their business via ATMs, the telephone, and online, some people just feel more comfortable knowing that there's a physical location they can go to if they have a problem, even if they never need to actually visit it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, do you always have to forfeit that higher interest rate for the security of knowing there's a brick-and-mortar location out there?

Zions Bank may have found a solution to that dilemma. Zions has over 125 brick-and-mortar branches in the Intermountain West, it's headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and it's been in business since 1873. Zions is currently offering an Internet Savings Account at 1.11% APY, which is competitive with some of the best online accounts offered. You get the benefit of an Internet-only rate, but the peace of mind offered by knowing the bank has many brick-and-mortar locations. In order to get this rate, account balances must be $1,000 or more, and you'll need a minimum opening deposit of $100 or more. Interest is compounded daily and paid monthly, and there are no monthly maintenance fees. You can make unlimited withdrawals via ATM, by mail or in person; however, since this is an Internet savings account, you would be charged $3 per withdrawal if you make the withdrawal in person. Of course, you don't need to live anywhere near a branch to open this Internet account, but it would come in handy if you ever plan to visit a branch.

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