Established in 2004, Ally Bank has its main office at 200 W Civic Center Dr, Sandy, UT 84070. The FED provides primary supervision over the institution.
FDIC Cert #
Here are the rates for the accounts we track for Ally Bank. While we work hard to keep rates and other information current, you should confirm rates and terms with the bank or credit union before opening an account.
Certificates of Deposit
9-Month High Yield CD
6-Month High Yield CD
5-Year High Yield CD
4-Year Raise Your Rate CD
3-Year High Yield CD
3-Month High-Yield CD
2-Year Raise Your Rate CD
18-Month High Yield CD
12-Month High Yield CD
11-Month No Penalty CD
Online Savings Account
Money Market Accounts
Money Market Account
Ally Bank, formerly GMAC Bank, is an FDIC-insured online financial institution. It offers a wide array of deposit accounts, home and auto loans, and investing services. In this Ally Bank Review, we’ll evaluate each banking service.
About Ally Bank
Ally Bank dates back to 1919 when it opened its doors as GMAC, a division of General Motors. Its purpose then was to help dealers finance their inventory. Beginning in the 1920s GMAC began helping consumers finance their automobile purchases.
Fast forward to 2000, and GMAC Bank was established. In 2009, it changed its name to Ally Bank (FDIC # 57803)and became the online bank as we know it today. It’s headquartered in Sandy, UT.
Ally is an online-only bank. It has no branches. As of December 31, 2019, it had approximately $167 billion in assets, with total deposits of nearly $123 billion.
Pros & Cons
Here’s what we like about Ally Bank, and what could be better.
What we like
What could be better
Savings & Money Market Accounts
Ally offers a traditional savings account as well as a money market account. There are two key differences between these accounts.
First, the savings account pays a higher yield (see below). Second, the money market account offers an ATM card with free, unlimited withdrawals from any Allpoint ATM in the U.S.
Unlike some online banks, Ally offers a checking account that pays interest. Combined with no minimum deposit or monthly fee, it enables Ally to serve as your full service bank.
Ally Bank offers three types of certificates of deposit:
Raise Your Rate CDs
No Penalty CD
Except for the No-Penalty CD, all CDs have an early withdrawal penalty. Here are the penalties on early withdrawal for all CDs purchased or renewed after 12/7/2013:
Early Withdrawal Penalty
24 month or less
60 days of interest
25 month – 36 month
90 days of interest
37 month – 48 month
120 days of interest
49 month or longer
150 days of interest
High-Yield CD Rates
Ally’s High-Yield CDs offer the highest yields available among all of Ally’s certificates of deposit.
Raise Your Rate CD Rates
Ally’s Raise Your Rate CDs protect you from rising rates during the term of the CD. If rates go up, you can elect to up the rate of your 2-year CD once during the term, and twice on the 4-year CD. Keep in mind, however, that you pay for this option in a slightly lower starting yield as compared to its high-yield CDs.
No-Penalty CD Rate
As the name suggests, this CD doesn’t charge a penalty for early withdrawal. Keep in mind, however, that it’s not like a savings account. If you decide to take the money out early, you must take all of it and the account is closed.
Similar to the above accounts, Ally offers several deposit accounts to be held in your IRA:
IRA High Yield CD
IRA Raise Your Rate CD
IRA Online Savings
The rates are similar to the rates above for comparable products. In addition, you can open a Roth IRA, Traditional IRA or a SEP IRA.
Ally makes it easy to save for specific goals, such as emergencies or a vacation. You can select up to 10 Savings Buckets, and then allocation your savings to each.
Ally offers three ways to move money between Savings Buckets. First, you can simply transfer money from your Core Savings to one of more buckets. Second, you can set up recurring transfers from a linked checking account. You determine the frequency of the transfers, the amount, and the one or more Savings Buckets to receive the money.
The third and final way to fund Savings Buckets is quite innovative. It’s called Surprise Savings. Ally analyzes checking accounts you link to Ally, and transfers money from those accounts to savings when it determines your money could work harder for you in savings.
Personally, I’m not comfortable turning over control of my money to an algorithm. That said, Ally does have controls in place to prevent things like an overdraft. And you can edit it any time you want.
You can transfer money to and from your Ally bank accounts with Zelle.
My Experience with Ally Bank
I opened my first account at Ally on December 25, 2012. Why I opened it on Christmas I have no idea. I’ve held accounts and a number of online banks over the years. In my experience, here’s how Ally stacks up:
Its website is excellent. It’s extremely easy to use.
Its customer service is friendly and helpful.
Its interest rates a good, but never the best among online banks.
One stand-out feature is its interest-bearing checking account. It doesn’t charge a monthly fee and had no minimum balance requirement. While I’ve never used the checking account, it would allow you to use Ally as a full-service bank.
Ally Bank Review
I’ve banked at Ally for years and have always had a positive experience. Customer support is excellent and the website is very easy to use.
Rob Berger is the founder of Dough Roller and the Dough Roller Money Podcast. A former securities law attorney and Forbes deputy editor, Rob is the author of the book Retire Before Mom and Dad. He educates independent investors on his YouTube channel and at RobBerger.com.