What is Acorns Checking?

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Why bank with Acorns? 

How do Real-time Round-Ups® work? 

What are the benefits of a Mighty Oak account? 

How to sign up for Acorns Checking 

Important considerations   

Acorns Checking is our smart checking account that automatically saves and invests for you. Acorns Checking is included in your subscription. 

Why bank with Acorns?

Banking with Acorns means you'll get your personal checking, investment, and retirement accounts all in one app. We'll help you automate your saving and investing by instantly investing your spare change into a diversified, expert-built portfolio. 

  • Real-Time Round-Ups®: Whenever you swipe your Acorns Visa™ debit card, your spare change gets instantly invested in your Acorns Invest portfolio — giving it even more time in the market. You can learn more about Real-Time Round-Ups® here.
  • No hidden fees: No hidden fees, no minimum balance fees, and no overdraft fees.
  • ATM withdrawals: Access to over 55,000 fee-free ATMs within the AllPoint Network, nationwide and around the world,
  • Acorns Visa™ Debit card: Get a heavy metal debit card with a matte green finish and your signature custom-engraved.
  • All-digital banking: Do your banking online, with direct deposit, mobile check deposit and sending, and more.
  • Safe & secure: Your money is FDIC-insured up to $250,000, through Lincoln Savings Bank or nbkc bank, Members FDIC. Plus, you'll have fraud protection and an all-digital card lock. You can learn more about how your money is protected here.
  • Paycheck split: Invest a piece of each paycheck automatically.
  • Early payday: Get paid up to 2 days earlier with direct deposit.

How do Real-Time Round-Ups® work?

 

Whenever you swipe your Acorns Visa™ debit card, we'll round up your purchase and transfer that spare change from your Acorns Checking account into your Acorns Invest portfolio. 

Rather than waiting until your spare change has added up to at least $5 (which is how it works with regular Round-Ups®), you'll just have to wait for the stock market to be open so we can get your money invested.

Getting your spare change invested faster means it has even more time in the market — and the more time your money has in the market, the more opportunity it has to grow.

Real-Time Round-Ups® is only available if you have both an active Acorns Checking account and an active Acorns Invest account. If you'd prefer to review your investments before we invest your spare change, you can choose to set your Real-Time Round-Ups® to "manual."

What are the benefits of a Mighty Oak account?

Mighty Oak accounts are available with Premium subscriptions. With a Mighty Oak Checking and Emergency Fund, you'll have access to all the benefits of an Acorns Checking account, plus you'll get a limited-edition Tungsten metal Mighty Oak Visa™ debit card and you'll have the opportunity to earn interest on your savings.

As of March 8, 2024, Mighty Oak Checking Account earns 3.00% APY (annual percentage yield) and 5.00% APY for the Emergency Fund account. But heads up — as with many bank accounts, these APY rates are variable, which means they could change at our discretion at any time, without prior notice.

You can learn more about the Mighty Oak card here.

How to sign up for Acorns Checking

If you're new to Acorns, you can create an account and get started here

If you already have an Acorns account, you can sign up for Acorns Checking under the "Checking" section in your Acorns account:

  1. Log in to your account
  2. From your home screen, tap or click "Checking"
  3. Follow the prompts to activate your Checking account

To learn more about banking with Acorns, check out Learn in your Acorns app.

Important considerations

Acorns isn't a bank — we partner with Lincoln Savings Bank or nbkc bank to provide Acorns Visa™ debit cards and banking services. Our Mighty Oak Debit Cards are issued by nbkc bank. Both banks are members of the FDIC, to help give you peace of mind about the safety of your money. You can learn more about how your money is protected here.

To have an Acorns Checking account, you'll need to be a U.S. resident over the age of 18. Banking services provided by and Mighty Oak Debit Cards issued by nbkc bank, Member FDIC.

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