People’s United Bank was started in the Northeastern United States in 1842 as a premier, community-based, regional bank in offering commercial and retail banking, and wealth management services. However, it found its niche to be servicing the middle class population while other banks mainly focused on commercial businesses.

After years of conversions, mergers and acquisitions, People’s Bank became People’s United Bank in 2007. Today, People's United Bank operates as a subsidiary of People's United Financial, Inc. with $36 billion in assets. They currently have over 5,000 employees and branches in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New York. There are People’s United Bank Stop and Shop branches at more than 140 metro locations in New York and Connecticut.

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The Good

People’s United Financial Bank subscribes to giving empathy and expertise to its customers as part of the formula to success.

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People’s Bank seems to demonstrate this through their checking account offers. All of their checking accounts come with these basic features:

  • Free Mobile Banking
  • Mobile Check Deposit
  • Free e-statements
  • Debit Cards
  • Free Online Banking and Bill Pay
  • Linked Savings or Money Market Savings Accounts
  • Access to over 400 branches and 600 ATMs throughout the Northeast

People’s United Financial’s most premier benefit is its full range of mobile banking features. With the mobile banking services, customers can choose from the Mobile App, Mobile Web Banking or Text Banking depending on their personal preferences and individual phone capabilities.

The Breakdown:

Mobile App


  • Mobile Check Deposit
  • Check account balances
  • View check images
  • Pay bills
  • View transaction history
  • Transfer funds between People’s United Bank accounts
  • Find ATM and Branch Locations

Mobile Web Banking


  • Pay Bills
  • Check Account Balance
  • View Transaction History
  • Transfer Funds Between People’s United Bank Accounts
  • Find ATM and Branch Locations
  • Text Banking


  • Quick Balance feature – allows customers to access their Account Balance by just sending a text. No login required
  • Quick History feature – lets customers view recent transactions by just sending a text. No app required – just text and go.

These features make banking easy for those who are tech-savvy.

Low-cost bank accounts

Their most economically friendly account is their Plus Checking account

This account offers many free features, including:

  • Free ATMs anywhere, anytime
  • Free Debit Card
  • Free first order of checks
  • Free Plus Savings account

People’s Bank offers value to business owners with their business checking account

People’s Savings Account is an add-on feature when customers open a personal checking account.

Customers opening a personal checking account are required to open a linked personal Savings Account.

The built in features of People’s United Financial Bank’s Savings account:

  • Free Mobile Banking
  • Mobile Check Deposit
  • Free e-statements
  • Debit Cards
  • Free Online Banking and Bill Pay

Plus Savings Account features are wallet-friendly with benefits such as:

  • No monthly maintenance fee
  • Low minimum opening deposit of $50

For business owners, People’s United Financial  a business checking account with favorable features.

For instance, all business checking accounts come with:

  • Free single-user Online Banking and up to 30 free Bill Payments per month
  • Business Overdraft Line up to $25,000 per customer
  • Free MasterMoneyTM BusinessCard
  • Convenient access to funds through eTreasury, ATM  and telephone banking

eTreasury is a one-stop-shop banking service allowing members to manage multiple accounts with a range of online banking options, such as:

  • Real-time transactions, balances and internal account to account transfers
  • A wide range of export options including  .CSV, .PDF, BAI2, Microsoft Money, and QuickBooks
  • A wide array of payment and collection options to select from, including Bill Payment, ACH and Wire Origination
  • Online access to Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) as well as ACH Returns and Notifications of Change
  • Images of checks, deposits & deposited items, bank statements and account analysis statements
  • Online access to loan and investment reports
  • Single point of access for multiple Treasury Management services
  • Flexible, robust security parameters enabling your company to tailor security to each user
  • A variety of alerts allowing each user to set notifications based on their particular workflow
  • For retirement, both Roth and Traditional IRA accounts are offered.

Some details about the Traditional IRA:

  • Annual Maximum Contribution $5,500
  • Additional Catch-up Contribution for Individuals for age 50+ is $1,000
  • Tax-Deductible Contributions
  • Minimum Required Distribution (MRDs) age 70 ½
  • Minimum Age to Take Withdrawals Without Penalties is 59 ½
  • Federal Income Tax-Deferred
  • No Annual Fee


  • 10% early withdrawal penalty may apply for withdrawals taken prior to age 59½ if no exceptions apply
  • Penalty-free withdrawals for first home purchase and certain college expenses

The Roth IRA is also available, with:

  • Annual Maximum Contribution $5,500
  • Additional Catch-up Contribution for Individuals age 50+ is $1,000
  • No Tax-Deductible Contributions
  • No Minimum Required Distribution (MRDs)
  • Minimum Age to Take Withdrawals Without Penalties is 59
  • Federal Income Tax-Deferred
  • No annual fee

Special Identity Theft Features

Another quality feature for customers (especially those who do a lot of mobile and online banking) is People’s United Financial’s Identity Theft services.

These include:

Identity Theft Resolution Services

Assists customers who are victims of identity theft with:

  • credit bureau notification
  • credit card replacement
  • an ID Theft Affidavit

Extended Warranty Coverage

Doubles the original manufacturer’s or store brand warranty for up to one year when customers pay with their MasterCard.
Price Protection

This means if customers find a lower price for a new item within 60 days from the date of purchase using their MasterCard, they may be reimbursed for the price difference.
WorldWide Automatic Travel Accident and Baggage Delay Insurance

As a cardmember, customers automatically receive additional insurance benefits, such as travel accident insurance and baggage delay insurance.

The Bad

Customers should not be “forced” to open a savings account when opening a personal checking account. On one hand, if a customer wants a personal checking account, then getting a free savings account as an automatic feature may be a good thing (if they don’t have a savings account already or are first time account holders). However, the stipulation is that this savings account has a monthly fee (albeit waived when linked with a checking account) but there is a $50 opening balance requirement that isn’t waived, neither is the $250 minimum balance. It also applies the other way around. If someone only wants to open a savings account, linking it with a personal checking is the only way to avoid fees. It seems unfair to have to shoulder the responsibilities that come with a savings account if a customer doesn’t want to.

The Bottom Line

People’s United National Bank started out as a bank catering to the middle class and today they cater to a modern niche of millennials. In today’s digital society, extensive one-stop-shop mobile and online banking features carry way more value for everyday people than traditional banking alone. It is also commendable that they offer more in-depth services to protect mobile users from Fraud and Identity Theft—which is much easier to occur today than ever before. One needed change worth mentioning is the mandatory rule for checking account customers who must open a personal savings account in order to open their checking (and vice versa). This may be good for college students or millennials just getting into personal banking but the downside is that the linked account has possible fees if all requirements are not met,



Checking Account

  • Minimum deposit to open the account $25
  • Monthly service charge $0
  • Minimum daily balance to avoid monthly service charge N/A

Savings Account

$50 to open

$0 monthly maintenance fee


$5 monthly service charge applies if Daily Balance falls below $250 at any time during the statement cycle. This fee is waived if account is linked to the applicable open personal checking account

Business Checking Account

  • No monthly maintenance fee with a $1,000 average monthly collected balance.
  • There is a monthly maintenance fee of $7.50 when the average collected balance is below $1,000.


  • No monthly maintenance fees associated with Certificates of Deposits.
  • Flexible terms from 7 to 365 days
  • High rates of interest for longer terms


  • Annual Maximum Contribution $5,500
  • Federal Income Tax-Deferred (Traditional only)
  • No Annual Fee
  • Tax-Deductible Contributions
  • 10% early withdrawal penalty may apply for withdrawals taken prior to age 59½ if no exceptions apply
  • Penalty-free withdrawals for first home purchase and certain college expenses

Company Selling Points

  • Full mobile banking options
  • Identity theft features

Savings Programs (College Savings Plans)

  • none

Monthly Service Fees (If any)


    • $0


    • $5 or $0 if savings account is linked to checking

Business Checking

    • $7.50 when average collected balance is below $1,000.


    • $0


    • N/A

Contact Info


People’s United Bank
P.O. Box 27
Bridgeport, CT 06601-0027

Phone: 1-800-894-0300


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