Based in Minnesota, TCF Bank is a regional financial institution with a wide range of products and a small network of branches and ATMs. Though convenient if you live in one of the states TCF serves — Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin — rates are pretty low and fees are expensive.
The bottom line:
- Savings and certificates of deposit have low rates
- Overdrafting will put a sizable dent in your wallet
- A small network of branches and ATMs
|Certificates of deposit (CDs)|
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3.5 / 5.0
TCF’s free checking account is best for customers who won’t stray from TCF Bank ATM and branch locations. You won’t earn any interest on your account, but you won’t have to pay monthly maintenance fees or keep a minimum balance either.
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3.0 / 5.0
TCF’s Power Savings account comes with an interest rate that falls below the national average. Some savings products at this bank can offer slightly higher rates, but they don’t come close to the rates of 1% or higher that some online-only banks and credit unions offer.
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Certificates of deposit
2.5 / 5.0
TCF Bank offers a variety of fixed terms. Explore other options from an online-only bank or a credit union if you’re hunting for the best rates.
3.5 / 5.0
TCF’s website is clean and modern, though fees and interest rates can be hard to locate. Though its mobile apps on both iOS and Android platforms receive low ratings, they will let you transfer money between TCF accounts and pay bills.
Customer service is available by phone from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, and Twitter. You can also find support in one of its 331 branches, located in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
2.0 / 5.0
TCF Bank fees can add up quickly. The bank can charge a $37 overdraft fee, up to five times in one day.
Usually you can avoid this fee with overdraft transfers, which are significantly cheaper, but it’ll still cost you $10 each time. An account at this bank will require extra padding that goes beyond the minimum balance requirement to avoid these fees.
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Updated May 12, 2017.
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