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Anyone Have Experience With Them?
April 12, 2016
8:31 pm
kanaka
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Atlas, if you are a BMO customer...sign on to your online banking then send a secure message. They may answer and or only give you a phone number to call. Oh those phone numbers ...press 1, press 3, wait wait wait....then an answer....we are busy...please hold for next agent...wait time 25 minutes. :)

Try iTrade too....they answer emails but I think they put all their rookies on that job......so press for answers if you feel a level of incompetence.

April 14, 2016
12:25 pm
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Well, I will chime in with my experience with Alterna Bank thus far. I received a phone call that the account was open yesterday. I was impressed that they take the time to actually contact a new client to advise them of the opening. That is not a personal touch I received from other online banks I've recently dealt with.

About the bank EFT transfer which I know that some here are disappointed with, but I called Alterna this morning to arrange a transfer from my PC Financial to my Alterna saving account. It should take about 3 business days. I will post the results next week. If the Bank is going through growing pains I am patience enough if they are making a good effort, especially since they are offering a more reasonable return. I would like to have a long term relationship with them. So we will see.

April 14, 2016
12:32 pm
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So it seems easy enough to get the funds into the Alterna account but the challenge/downside would appear that it is not so easy (so far no me-to-me transfers) to move funds back to the linked account - that would seem to be a drawback.

April 14, 2016
1:01 pm
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It depends on the other bank. I can establish a link through PC Financial since I have been given a deposit form by Alterna. Should only take a couple of days. The downside is I have to send the form via regular mail. It would be worth it to me since I am not sure when in May the EFT system will take affect.

April 14, 2016
5:39 pm
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So, direct deposit and pre-authorized debit are allowed by the Alterna Bank High Interest eSavings account? Their fee schedule says cheques and Interac Debit are not.

The account does come with two free Interac e-Transfers per month. One could transfer modest amounts out that way.

April 14, 2016
7:58 pm
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Yes, I can confirm that they are allowed since a pre-authorization deposit form was attached to my welcome e-mail. I spoke to a representative this evening and I confirmed it again just to make sure.

The scheduled transfer I did over the phone is list on my account activity. So its ready to go.

As per their website:

- Offering a high interest rate on every dollar
- No minimum balance required
- Unlimited free bill Payments, transfers and debits
- 2 Free InteracĀ® e-Transfers (only $0.95 after)
- Easy access with Online and Mobile Banking, Android and iPhone App.

April 15, 2016
6:19 pm
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That's good: The eSavings account can be on the receiving end of a direct deposit or preauthorized debit.

All that's left is the self-serve capability (coming in May) to originate a direct deposit to or a preauthorized debit from the linked account.

April 15, 2016
6:43 pm
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My understanding is they will only allow me-to-me transfers from Tang, PC or DUCA. Unless I misunderstood the rep. The amount will be unlimited but subject to several days hold.

but on ETFs there is a 3000$ limit which the rep said is standard in all banks. Does that make sense?

April 15, 2016
7:42 pm
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The unlimited me-to-me transfers with several days holds sound like me-to-me transfers to pull funds into the eSavings account. It sounds odd that Alterna Bank would allow funds to be pulled in from only Tangerine Bank, PC Financial, and DUCA.sf-confused What about from other Canadian Payment Association members like Royal Bank, TD Bank, and so on?

The $3,000 limit sounds like a limit on pushing funds out using one of those two-free-per-month Interac e-Transfers.

April 16, 2016
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This is one of those times that I think the rep for the bank could chime in and let us know the answers to Norman1's question.

April 16, 2016
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It doesn't make sense that Alterna would only push and pull from only a limited amoun of on-line banks. Maybe there was a confusion when there was talk about using a pull from PC Financial. The cheque I used to deposit the funds was from PC Fin. It just happens to be that PC Fin has the option of adding an external account link. I did this years ago between TD and PC Fin. and it is still active. I bank with TD and RBC and neither of them have the option to add an external link. I thought RBC had this feature when I was browsing their site. Unfortunately, its just a Tracker where you can list accounts you have with other institutions and "Track" your finances as a whole; you can't push and pull.

From what I gather is that once a link is established with Alterna it can be from any financial institution that you have a deposit form or void cheque from that bank.

I agree with Norman1, $3000 limit sounds like e-Transfers. The rep probably was offering other options to transfer money into the account until the EFT system is implemented.

April 18, 2016
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Update: my account shows the funds transferred in as of April 18.

April 19, 2016
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So far so good with Alterna. I got a promised courtesy call yesterday as a follow up to my transfer of funds to let me know it went through without a problem.

I initiated a cheque deposit (with their "anywhere" feature) from my TD account after speaking with a rep this afternoon. The rep confirmed for me that once the deposit is registered, the balance reflects the deposit and interest is being earned immediately. From what I was told, there may be a hold depending if you have enough funds to cover that deposit.

Sounds like they are doing well to take their corner of the market.

It is the next morning and the cheque was shown to be removed the same day. This is the quickest I've ever seen a withdrawal.

April 21, 2016
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I just sent them photo's of a cheque to open an account yesterday.

Real pleased to see they raised their rate to 1.95%

April 22, 2016
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MarkFog said

It depends on the other bank. I can establish a link through PC Financial since I have been given a deposit form by Alterna. Should only take a couple of days. The downside is I have to send the form via regular mail. It would be worth it to me since I am not sure when in May the EFT system will take affect.

A follow up to the process I spoke about earlier. Today, I received a letter from PC Financial explaining why they returned my Pre-Authorization form from Alterna. Apparently it has to be stamped by the "other Financial Institution" or I send a "Void" cheque. I only opened a savings account and it doesn't make sense for me to open a chequing account at Alterna Bank just to create a link between the two. The process will probably take longer than Alterna establishing their own electronic funds transfer system (I hope it is in May). I always paid my purchases with a credit card so I can add as a payee.

April 28, 2016
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On April 21 I sent them an email with pictures of the front and back of a cheque. They immediately deposited it and on April 27 I got a call to explain their ways to me. Very pleasant and informative conversation.

I have also deposited another cheque via the phone app which went very well. I just checked my account and it shows the new deposit as of Apr. 27, of course it is on hold for 3 days but the interest will accumulate as of the day I sent it.

So far seems like a good company.

April 28, 2016
6:57 pm
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Started my account application last week and got the confirmation
e-mail on April 22. Sent a cheque by mail on Monday and last night
I got a call from them to verify my info ( well done Canada Post- they
received my letter the next day). After everything was verified I did
mention about the lack of me-to-me transfers for online banking
( which I only learned about on this site) and the rep was somewhat
skittish about when it would become available.
I know the " friendly rep" on the other thread mentioned a May launch
but the person I spoke with didn't seem too certain. I'm not really too
concerned because I will wait until their system is up and running.
All in all, getting a phone call from a real person was nice. I have to agree
with threeoakwest, they seem to trying to be better than most online banks.

April 29, 2016
4:18 am
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Follow up to my post about 3 weeks ago. Equifax posted the data breach at People's on 11/13 in response to People's advising them of everyone who had accounts with them, even though I wasn't affected. I have written to have this removed from my record and await Equifax confirming this was done.

I noted the Alterna rep's post saying it will be OK in a few days from then to not be affected by the People's Equifax message when opening an account. I haven't proceeded yet to try again to open an account as having fast transfers to and from my linked 'A' bank chequing account is a minimum requirement, like most of the other (CDIC insured anyway) online banks have. Its unclear to me with all the talk of push/pull/me to me exactly what Alterna can and can't do right now, and it would be nice if they could state both. Its almost the month of May, so perhaps they will solve whatever the problem is and be competitive with the rest.

July 14, 2016
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Hi All. Wondering if your current experiences have still been good with Alterna Bank? Any issues encountered with the High Interest Savings account?

July 23, 2016
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Everything seems to be fine. Yesterday I transferred 25K out to my TD account, the message said it might take up to "several" days, it was there this morning at TD.

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