Pros

$5 nonsufficient funds fee; many banks charge $30 or more
1.30% APY on savings, about the best you'll find

Cons

No checking account
No ATM network, branch locations or mobile app for U.S. customers
No cash deposits or withdrawals from ATMs

Overall

4.0

Barclays is based in London and serves 48 million people worldwide. Its U.S. banking operation, which is only online, offers excellent annual percentage yields, but you’ll need to pair its services with another bank if you need a checking account because Barclays doesn’t offer that service.

If you value high savings rates, though, you may be able to overlook this limitation and a few others. Barclays also lacks a branch network and the latest technological features, so the bank is best suited for consumers who take a hands-off approach to saving money.

Ratings methodology | Updated May 5, 2017

Savings

5.0

With low fees and some of the highest interest rates around, Barclays is the bank to boost your savings. The Dream Account and Online Savings Account offer 1.30% APY and reward you for staying on track with savings. And there are few or no fees.

 

Whereas some banks charge pricey overdraft fees, Barclays has a $5 nonsufficient funds fee charged if a transfer or withdrawal would overdraw your account.

Online Savings Account
1.30%
APY
$1
Min. balance for APY
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Barclays Horrible
I have been banking with Barclays us for several years and have several CDS with them, as well as two savings accounts, and I had intended on just leaving the interest until the CDS matured.. My problems began when I wanted to check their last financial statement for the third quarter of 2017, I was shocked they told me they are not required to do that, and gave different numbers that were all disconnected of course. Then all my monthly statements disappeared as if these accounts were no existent. I worked with them for a week no resolution. This prompted me to close all Savings accounts, and transfer all the accumulated interest from the CDS., and discontinue any more Deposits with this Bank. It also prompted me to do more research, to find out this Bank does not make loans to Consumers, so I asked them what are they doing with all this money they are inducing people to Deposit, no answer of course. I have now had to file a complaint with the Consumer Financial protection Bureau. I was even more horrified when I googled about Barclays and found people saying their money had just disappeared from their accounts as if it never existed in Barclays Uk. Barclays has on their web site , they state Barclays is their parent Company, this is no longer seems to be the Case either in information I saw. I am posting my experiences so people can be aware of the problems. In reading a lot of other reviews, Barclays US seems to be okay while they are getting money from you , but a lot of Consumers State they have a problem when they want their money. Maybe this on line Banking is not so wonderful after all. If I could Give Zero Stars I would.
Overall
Customer service
Poor
Website / app
Poor
Rates
Fair
Fees
High
Barclays Bank US
I have been banking with Barclays us for several years and have several CDS with them, as well as two savings accounts, and I had intended on just leaving the interest until the CDS matured.. My problems began when I wanted to check their last financial statement for the third quarter of 2017, I was shocked they told me they are not required to do that, and gave different numbers that were all disconnected of course. Then all my monthly statements disappeared as if these accounts were no existent. I worked with them for a week no resolution. This prompted me to close all Savings accounts, and transfer all the accumulated interest from the CDS., and discontinue any more Deposits with this Bank. It also prompted me to do more research, to find out this Bank does not make loans to Consumers, so I asked them what are they doing with all this money they are inducing people to Deposit, no answer of course. I have now had to file a complaint with the Consumer Financial protection Bureau. I was even more horrified when I googled about Barclays and found people saying their money had just disappeared from their accounts as if it never existed in Barclays Uk. Barclays has on their web site , they state Barclays is their parent Company, this is no longer seems to be the Case either in information I saw. I am posting my experiences so people can be aware of the problems. In reading a lot of other reviews, Barclays US seems to be okay while they are getting money from you , but a lot of Consumers State they have a problem when they want their money. Maybe this on line Banking is not so wonderful after all.
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