Best in Online Banking

Best in Online Banking Best in Online Banking

Citigroup, Bank of America and Wells Fargo hauled in the most medals in Corporate Insight's annual comparison of banks' websites, but smaller players such as KeyBank and Ally Bank also made an impression.

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Citibank Scores 6 Medals  Citibank Scores 6 Medals

Citi (C) has slipped in the rankings of the nation's largest banks, but its online banking features rank second-to-none. It earned medals in six of eight categories, including golds for its self-service options and its tools for assisting customers.

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Bank of America Features Stand Out Bank of America Features Stand Out

The retail banking giant (BAC) captured five medals, including golds in the categories of account history, transfer capabilities and customer alerts. Its three gold medals were most among the 17 banks included in the report.

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Wells Fargo: Unflashy, But Steady Wells Fargo: Unflashy, But Steady

It didn't earn any gold medals, but the San Francisco bank (WFC) proved to be a contender in all categories by capturing a silver and four bronzes. The silver was for its online account-opening feature, which reviewers called "excellent." Their suggestion for making the page even more customer-friendly: add a live chat tool or some other feature to offer users more immediate assistance.

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KeyBank Keeps Pace KeyBank Keeps Pace

Cleveland-based KeyBank (KEY) had the best showing among regional banks, claiming three medals, including a silver for its online transfer feature. Reviewers praised its easy-to-navigate transfer tool and the ease with which customers can transfer funds internally and externally. The fact that external transfers can be made at no cost helped the bank earn its silver ranking, reviewers said.

E*Trade Earns Three E*Trade Earns Three

The online bank (ETFC) earned bronze medals in the categories of account summary information and private site help and won a silver for its account history page. "The integrated search options function helps the firm achieve high marks," the reviewers wrote.

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Ally Bank Makes the Grade Ally Bank Makes the Grade

Earning its first-ever medal in the competition, the online bank captured the sole gold medal in the category of online account openings. It was given high marks for its "seamless, easy-to-follow application" that allows prospective clients to open multiple accounts simultaneously, sign up for add-ons and select from several funding options. It also won a bronze in the private site help category.

JPMorgan Chase Goes on Alert JPMorgan Chase Goes on Alert

The nation's largest bank (JPM) earned only two medals, one a gold it shared with B of A and Capital One (COF) for its alert centers. Reviewers noted that Chase was alone among 17 banks in offering push notifications for its mobile apps.

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Capital One Rolls On Capital One Rolls On

The bank earned a gold in the alerts category for the fourth straight year "by continuing to offer an extensive list of alert offerings and delivery options." It also was one of three banks that shared a silver in the account summary category.

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Citizens Bank Makes It Count Citizens Bank Makes It Count

It only captured a single medal, but it was a gold it shared with Ally Bank in the all-important category of online account openings.

Citigroup, Bank of America and Wells Fargo hauled in the most medals in Corporate Insight's annual comparison of banks' websites, but smaller players such as KeyBank and Ally Bank also made an impression.

Comments (2)
Too bad the AB website fails....cannot view slides 2-10.
Posted by Jack-205 | Thursday, February 21 2013 at 2:17PM ET
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Posted by byelsxei i | Wednesday, March 20 2013 at 4:39PM ET
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