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New Direct Bank: Element Financial from Irwin Union Bank

By Jim Bruene on June 28, 2007 10:37 AM | Comments

It's been a few months since a direct bank launched. The last one we've been tracking is FNBO Direct that launched in February (coverage here). FNBO has been in the news lately, with a video interview with Business Week (here).

Element Financial rate tableThe latest is Element Financial <element-direct.com>, a unit of Irwin Union Bank. The simple homepage layout includes an icons across the top that gives it a modern look (see below). 

Unlike most direct banks pitching high-yield savings, Element features certificates of deposit. The lead product is a 5.44% APY CD. Rates are displayed on a unique rate table with tabs across the top listing typical deposit sizes, $5,000, $25,000, $50,000, or $100,000 (see inset).  

For more on direct banking, see our previous coverage here or refer to our Online Banking Report, Lessons from the High-Rate Deposit Marketers (here).  


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