HMBradley Review 2021: A Bank that pays up to 3% APY
Posted On May 10, 2021
Disclaimer: This review is my own opinion, I am in no way affiliated with this company in any shape or form.
What is HMBradley?
HMBradley is a fintech company that offers a digital-only banking experience. This innovative company rewards customers with an APY between 1% and 3% depending on how much the account holder saves each quarter.
But the company is backed by heavy hitters such as PayPal Cofounder Max Levchin.
Their mission is to turn customers into savers by giving you the resources and incentives to save (3% APY). This is a great option if you are looking to start an emergency savings account.
Is HMBradley Legit?
Hatch Bank, Member FDIC, provides all deposit accounts. So, yes, HMBradley is legit.
I am always a bit skeptical about these new Fintech companies as well. For peace of mind, you can check out Hatch Bank’s FDIC Certification. Additionally, you can also check that the routing number HMBradley gives you links up to Hatch Bank, See Below:
How Do I earn 3% Interest?
If you save at least 20% of what you bring in (less withdraws), you will earn the 3% annual percentage yield for that quarter, 60X the national average, according to bankrate.com. The higher the interest rate, the more money goes into your pocket.
High-Yield Savings Tiers
Tier 1) Save 20%, Earn 3% APY Tier 2) Save 15%, Earn 2% APY Tier 3) Save 10%, Earn 1% APY Tier 4) Save 5%, Earn 1% APY
Set up your direct deposit ( Not a Venmo or PayPal transfer).
You start in Tier 3 (Save 10% and you can start working towards a higher savings tier).
HMBradley calculates your saving percentage at the end of the quarter and awards your new Savings Tier. Your entire balance will earn your new interest rate for the next 3 months (Quarter=3 months).
A Real-Life Example of how HMBradley’s savings account works
May 2021 -July 2021 (Quarter 1)
Savings Tier Earned
Tier 1, Earn 3% APY the Following Quarter
You saved 20% in Quarter 1, so in Quarter 2 (August – October), you will earn 3% APY.
The Fine Print
At least one monthly direct deposit is required to eligible for a Savings Tier.
The company subtracts all your money out (withdrawals) during the quarter from all your money in (deposits). The company takes this net amount and divides it by all your money in (deposits) for the quarter to arrive at a savings rate.
If your savings rate is less than 5%, you will not be assigned a Savings Tier the following quarter.
No interest paid on account balances over $100,000. New accounts with a direct deposit will earn a tier no lower than Tier 3 (1% APY) for the first calendar quarter after opening an account.
$100 minimum to open.
Interest is compounded daily and paid monthly.
What Security Features does HMBradley offer?
As with any new company, I’m always skeptical of putting my money somewhere I haven’t heard of either. Rest assured, the firm follows industry-wide best practices.
Mastercard’s Zero Liability Protection protects the HMBradley debit card. This means that as a Mastercard cardholder, Zero Liability is applicable when you make purchases in-store, over the phone, through your mobile phone, and through ATM transactions.
Industry Standard Data Encryption
HMBradley adheres to industry standards when it comes to data encryption and card control. You are able to easily turn off your card and set up fraud alerts online.
BONUS if you open an HMBradley Credit Card
If you open an HMBradley credit card and spend at least $100 each month, they will upgrade you to the next savings account Tier in the next quarter. So if you are in Tier 2, and you meet the credit card spend requirements, they will upgrade you to Tier 1 the following quarter.
The Bottom Line
If you can meet the requirements, 3% APY is one of the highest rates around in the High-Yield Savings Account space. With most high-yield savings account paying only around 0.50%, it’s worth opening an account. Yes, you need to jump through a few hoops, but obviously that’s the reason they are offering 3% APY because not everyone will meet the requirements.
Definitely a great way to encourage saving. Additionally, even if you only save 5% of your deposits, you earn 1% APY, which is the highest rate I’ve seen. Will this rate stay around forever? Who knows, but might as well take advantage of the offer while you can.
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