Monday, October 8, 2007

Countrywide Bank Update

I have two updates to my post about Countrywide Bank. First of all Countrywide has increased it SavingsLink interest rate to 5.5%, with a $10,000 minimum account balance. Considering that many Certificates of Deposits (CDs) don't even pay that much, this interest rate is quite impressive.

I mentioned that SavingsLink accounts have to be linked to a savings or checking account at another financial institution for you to access your money. At the time of my post, Countrywide only allowed one linked account at a time. Furthermore, the process of linking and unlinking accounts is cumbersome. So, the other update is that recently received an Email from Countrywide saying that they've increased the number of external linked accounts to 5. Though I haven't yet tried adding more accounts, this improvement should take away some of the pain of transferring funds between Countrywide and other banks.

Lastly, a reader of PFStock expressed some concern about Countrywide Financial (NYSE: CFC), the parent company of Countrywide Bank. CFC stock has been buffeted over the past year by sub-prime concerns. Indeed, CFC is down over 50% from its 52-week high. And, I do understand the reader's concern. But actually, because Countrywide Bank is FDIC insured, this is not something that depositors need to worry about as long as they stay within the FDIC insurance limits.