Capital One 360 Review: Overall a Good Option
Capital One 360 is the new name for an old online banking brand: ING Direct. Capital One purchased ING Direct in 2012 and rebranded the website in 2013. If you were familiar with ING Direct, you’ll find a lot of the features and services you were familiar with at Capital One 360.
Basics of Capital One 360
Capital One 360 is a solid online bank. Rates at the bank are typically better than what you’ll find at a brick-and-mortar bank or credit union. You probably won’t find the best rates at Capital One 360, but you’ll find competitive rates, and competitive is often good enough. If you have tons of money sitting in cash and it’s worth it to earn an extra 0.05% APY, it’s probably worth your while to scour competing internet banks for a better offer. But for most of us, Captial One 360 is a perfectly adequate account.
Captial One 360 Savings
The basic savings account is probably the main attraction at Capital One 360. It’s an account that pays a decent return with no minimums and no monthly fees. Rates change constantly, so you should check their website for up-to-the-minute rates, but you can expect to earn more than you’ll earn at any big bank.
To fund the account, you’ll need to link it to an existing checking account at your brick and mortar bank. When you open the account, you’ll submit a check for initial funding, and Capital One will pull your banking information off of that check (your bank information is located at the bottom of your check). Once the link is established, you can transfer money back and forth between Capital One 360 and your brick-and-mortar bank electronically. However, be aware that you can only make 6 withdrawals per month from the account (the same is true for other savings accounts) – if you want to withdraw more often, consider using a checking account.
Capital One 360 Checking
If you want more access to your cash (but you want it to earn a little interest while sitting in the bank), you can use the Capital One 360 checking account. Again, the account has no fees or minimums – but you will pay fees if you do certain things (like bounce a check). Additional features of the checking account include:
- Ability to write checks (checks must be ordered from Capital One)
- Free ATM/debit card provided
- Free online bill pay
- Remote check deposit using a mobile device or scanner
- An overdraft line of credit (which you should try to avoid using, but is less expensive than other forms of overdraft protection)
- Free Person2Person Payments so you can pay friends and other individuals
- Ability to use Capital One Bank branches for deposits and withdrawals (July 2015)
These features are very similar to what ING Direct offered in the Electric Orange account. The main difference is that you can make remote check deposits with your mobile device or computer, and the Person2Person feature is also new. Note that if you have leftover checks from Electric Orange, you can continue using those checks after the name change.
Business Savings Account
Like the old Orange for Business account, Capital One 360 offers online savings accounts for businesses. Again, there are no fees or minimums to use this account. However, you will have to provide additional forms to set up the account in the name of your business. Unfortunately, the business savings account does not pay as much as the standard online bank account.
Savings Accounts for Children
Capital One 360 also offers a savings account for children called the Kids Savings Account. With no fees or minimums, that account allows you and a child to save money in that child’s name. You (the adult) don’t have to be a parent – you can manage an account for any child. The child will have unique login credentials, so they can see their own account, but not your accounts. Adults have control over deposits and withdrawals until the child turns 18 and the account is converted to a standard 360 Savings Account.
The Kids Savings Account is a great way to teach children about money from a young age.
Certificates of Deposit (CDs)
If you want to earn more than you can get in the 360 Savings Account, you can use CDs to beef up your returns. CD terms range from 6 months to 5 years, so you can find a time frame that fits your needs. Of course, if you pull your funds out early, you’ll have to pay an early withdrawal penalty. At Capital One 360, it is possible for the penalty to exceed the interest you’ve earned, so you can “invade the principal.”
Other Banking Products
In addition to the accounts above, Capital One 360 offers several types of home loans. If you’re buying or refinancing a home, you can use a fixed rate or adjustable rate mortgage. You can also just get lines of credit with several different repayment options.