This is a follow-up about the WT Direct Winter Bonus promo good for up to $250 on top of their standard interest rate of 3.06% APY, if you open a new account and maintain a certain average balance for January and February. There is still time to participate, the deadline is to fund via ACH transfer initiated by
12/22 now 12/31/08.
I’ve decided to participate, since I get to remain liquid and interest rates look to only be dropping lower. 3-month Treasury Bills were yielding a negative interest rate for a while! See my previous post about this offer for details about the fine print. Below is some more info gathered after applying myself.
Application Process and Setup
The application process was pretty standard, with this bar above the application providing a good overview. First, they gather the personal info. Second, they use the now-popular Equifax ID check questions to verify your identity. Third, you can fund electronically with account and routing numbers, although you must come back and verify trial deposits later (you don’t have to fund all at once for the bonus). Finally, you can electronically sign the application and disclosures. There were no physical forms to send in, although a welcome packet does arrive by mail. They state explicitly that there is no credit check:
This information will be used only to verify your identity and will not be used for any other purpose. We do not perform a credit check and your answers to these questions will not affect your credit rating.
If you count Day 0 as the application day, the trial deposits should arrive either Day 1 or 2. If you verify them immediately, then your deposit should be sucked out on Day 3. Ignoring weekends, your funds should show up on Day 5, at least based on my experience.
If you are linking with other savings account, WT Direct may show up as Wilmington Trust Bank, which is what the WT stands for. Your account number is given to you at the end of the application, and the routing number is 052173464. WT Direct’s online transfer system allows unlimited linked banks, and transfers to external accounts are free both in and out with a 2-3 day transfer time.
Last time, WT Direct offered people who signed up under their promotion an 0.50% extra APY for 4 months after it ended. Hopefully they’ll do that again.