Associated Bank Review: Checking, Savings and CDs

Tony ArmstrongSeptember 17, 2018

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Overall bank rating

Associated Bank

    3.5

    NerdWallet rating 

    The bottom line:

    Associated Bank is a regional bank located in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with an extensive free ATM network accessible nationwide. Though its interest rates are low on regular deposit accounts, a few promotional CDs offer enticing APYs. Some checking and money market accounts come with sign-up bonuses — but be careful to avoid monthly fees that may eat away at your earnings.

     

    Best if: You live in Associated’s service area and prioritize in-person access over interest rates, and can avoid monthly service fees.

     

    » Want higher yields? Check out NerdWallet's favorite high-yield online savings accounts.

    Pros

    • Bonus offers on checking accounts.

    • Great nationwide ATM network.

    • Good regional branch access.

    Cons

    • Interest rates are low.

    • Basic accounts have fees, though they can be avoided.

    • Overdrafts are expensive.

    RATING METHODOLOGY

    NerdWallet’s overall ratings for banks and credit unions are weighted averages of several categories: checking, savings, certificates of deposit or credit union share certificates, banking experience and overdraft fees. Factors we consider, depending on the category, include rates and fees, ATM and branch access, account features and limits, user-facing technology, customer service and innovation. The stars represent ratings from poor (one star) to excellent (five stars). Ratings are rounded to the nearest half-star.