I came across Alpian bank, the first digital private bank in Switzerland. While it offers investment features, I find them unattractive compared to using the IBKR broker for investments. On this investment point, there is this review and discussions, which I find helpful; the general conclusion is that it seems better to just use a plain broker to invest.
However, I think Alpian does have one interesting point worth further discussing: its monthly interest rate for deposits is 1%, which is surprisingly high! Doesn’t this makes Alpian an attractive option for an everyday banking card? If I deposit 10,001 CHF and receive over 100 CHF per month, then this is attractive, even after taking the managing fee of 22.5 CHF per quarter into account.
Of course Alpian is a small bank, so I won’t deposit too much into it. But since it is Swiss licensed, deposits below 10,000 CHF are protected by Esisuisse.
Is there a catch? Can’t everyone just deposit 10,000 CHF into Alpian and gain 100 CHF monthly? I’m unsure if I miss anything—your suggestions are welcome!
The 1% interest rate is surely per year, even though they might not have written that explicitly. It seems they credit the interest monthly but I expect that to be pro-rated, i.e., you’ll get about 0.083% of interest per month. This may be nice but the practical benefit compared to a yearly 1% interest payment is very small.
That said, 1% p.a. up to 100k and 1.5% p.a. between 100k and 250k without strings attached is not a bad offer compared to other banks. Whether it’s worth the managing fee you have to calculate and consider yourself.
@jay@Patirou Thanks both! I see. That’s a good point. If it is 1% annually, then it is not that attractive anymore, although it is not too bad either! On the homepage, I see that the interests are “credited monthly”. I guess this is confusing, as this didn’t say if it is monthly or yearly interest.
Thank you very much for your interest, however we do not offer corporate accounts at the moment.
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