The statement savings account is pretty bare-bones â€” just a place to park your money. If all youâ€™re looking for is a place to stash short-term savings, itâ€™s an option especially if you donâ€™t want to be tempted to take your cash out immediately.
Right now, the only way to take out money is via check, wire transfer or electronic transfer. Beal Bank USA does not originate electronic transfers on its end; rather, you have to do it via an external account. Customer representatives told us that youâ€™ll need to call Beal Bank USA at (877) 879-2325 so the bank can give you further instructions â€” essentially, youâ€™ll need to go through an external bank so that you can request money from your Beal Bank USA account. However, Beal Bank USA can accept deposits via electronic transfers.
If you want to withdraw money using wire transfer, youâ€™ll have to do so in writing by providing information such as your account number and how much you want to take out. Beal Bank USA does charge you for this service â€” $15 for domestic and $60 for international wires.
Regulation D allows you up to six certain withdrawals per month without penalty by the bank, but Beal Bank USA also limits you to nine per quarter. Once you exceed that limit, youâ€™ll need to pay $1 for each withdrawal. As for the quarterly maintenance fee, Beal Bank USA wonâ€™t charge you if you maintain a minimum daily balance of $500.
If youâ€™re at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen, you can apply for a statement savings account by filling out an online application form. First, enter in personal details like your name and Social Security number, then agree to Beal Bank USAâ€™s disclosures. After verifying your identity, youâ€™ll need to make your initial opening deposit via check, electronic or wire transfer.