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Consensus on lesser known banks?

Any non Citi, Chase, Amex etc., banks that have good credit products? Just out of curiosity.....
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Tuxedo77 wrote:
Any non Citi, Chase, Amex etc., banks that have good credit products? Just out of curiosity.....

Depends on your meaning of "etc" and of good!    (*I* like TD and Citizens short-term products, but they are not for everyone).

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Re: Consensus on lesser known banks?

How exactly do you define lesser known? Are you only looking to exclude Amex, Chase, Citi, BofA? What about others such as US Bank that while large, are still much smaller players in the credit arena? Or are you talking even smaller than that?
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Tuxedo77 wrote:
Any non Citi, Chase, Amex etc., banks that have good credit products? Just out of curiosity.....

Depends on your meaning of "etc" and of good!    (*I* like TD and Citizens short-term products, but they are not for everyone).


Meaning products not normally seen on the likes of CreditKarma or creditcards (dot com). By short-term products do you mean personal loans?

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How exactly do you define lesser known? Are you only looking to exclude Amex, Chase, Citi, BofA? What about others such as US Bank that while large, are still much smaller players in the credit arena? Or are you talking even smaller than that?

Meaning small banks with 4 to 5 branches. A friend of mine got on with a local bank here in SoCal called Farmer's and merchants bank and he got $7K with 9% APR......something like that. :smileyhappy:

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Tuxedo77 wrote:

longtimelurker wrote:

Tuxedo77 wrote:
Any non Citi, Chase, Amex etc., banks that have good credit products? Just out of curiosity.....

Depends on your meaning of "etc" and of good!    (*I* like TD and Citizens short-term products, but they are not for everyone).


Meaning products not normally seen on the likes of CreditKarma or creditcards (dot com). By short-term products do you mean personal loans?


No, I mean credit cards with features that last only 6 months (TD) or 90 days (Citizen) and then become very unexciting 1% cards.

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But Fort Knox Credit Union probably fits your criteria, though it is mentioned here from time to time.   It gives 5% off gas (and 1% on everything else), beating the newly nerfed Penfed.  But no guarantee that will stay of course.

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Usually small banks with a few branches do not have credit cards, or they outsource it to another issuer like Elan, FIA(not anymore), First Bankcard, or others. So the bank isn't actually the one offering the card if that is the case.

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navigatethis12 wrote:

Usually small banks with a few branches do not have credit cards, or they outsource it to another issuer like Elan, FIA(not anymore), First Bankcard, or others. So the bank isn't actually the one offering the card if that is the case.


+1. Small banks simply don't have the financial firepower to offer really good credit cards, as it's simply too capital intensive. This is usually why the best cards are offered by the largest banks.

 

However some under-rated cards that are worth a mention are:

 

1. Fidelity Amex

2. PenFed Travel Rewards and Platinum cards

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longtimelurker wrote:

But Fort Knox Credit Union probably fits your criteria, though it is mentioned here from time to time.   It gives 5% off gas (and 1% on everything else), beating the newly nerfed Penfed.  But no guarantee that will stay of course.


Fort Knox really not open to everyone even though website says differently.  Last I checked, they seemed to find a reason not to give you card if you lived outside of the area of one of their branches.  Is this still true?

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