First Midwest Bank Reviews

First Midwest Bank

 

This is a third party review of First Midwest Bank. This due diligence report reviews over 100 different data points for First Midwest Bank to provide you with a thorough due diligence report of the company to help you make a better decision. The public version provides only 20 of these data points. If you want to see the full version of this review, you can click the button below.

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First Midwest Bank

Introduction

First Midwest Bank is a bank that provides custodial solutions for self-directed IRAs. They are a Chicago-based bank and can combine size and stability with quick response. They focus on real estate held in IRAs. They also provide a number of services which may be outside the scope of a self directed IRA custodian. 

As of 10/15/2017, First Midwest Bank is no longer taking new clients related to self directed IRA investments. Please contact Joe Monocchio 815-773-2619 or Steve Miszkowicz 312-869-9394 for more information.


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First Midwest Bank

Contact Information

Website:

Phone Number:

(800) 322-3623

Email:

Offices:

Corporate Office:

One Pierce Place, Suite 1500, Itasca, IL 60143

Business Hours:

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST (Monday - Friday)​


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First Midwest Bank

Company Details

Company Classification: 

Custodian

Date Established (under current name):

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Type of entity:

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Who provides custody for client assets:

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Company is registered in: 

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Primary Line of Business

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Other Lines of Business:

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Typical Client:

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Capable of working with Financial Advisory Firms

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​Governmental Agency Oversight: 

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Company's Last Audit: 

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Summary​ of Assets Under Custody

Number of Active Clients:

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Number of Active accounts:

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Amount of assets company provides custody for:

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Self-Directed IRA Industry Affiliations​

Self-Directed IRA industry affiliations (outside of this company):

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Ownership of industry related websites:

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Industry related company affiliations:

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Industry related non-profits:

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Industry related associations:

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Industry related board of trustee positions:

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Industry related publications:

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First Midwest Bank

Fee Schedule

Account Setup Fee:

$100

Account Termination Fee:

0.15% of account ($350 minimum fee)

Service Fee Classification: (flat, transaction-based, asset-based, hybrid)

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Company Fee Schedule:

* Use the First Midwest Bank Fee Calculator (click button below) to calculate your estimated fees based on the company's published fee schedule. This is a useful tool when comparing different custodians based on your cost to use them. Please note, if you have never before used a self-directed IRA custodian or administrator to administer your account, the fees will be different than most broker dealers that provide transactional services for stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.


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First Midwest Bank

Available Account Types

Type of Account:

Available at First Midwest Bank

Traditional IRA

Yes

Roth IRA

Yes

SEP IRA

(or SERSEP)

Yes

SIMPLE IRA

Yes

Individual 401(k)

(Not Disclosed)

Defined Contribution Plan

(Group plan e.g. 401k, 403b 457)​

No

Defined Benefit Plan

(pension)

No

ESOP

(Employee Stock Ownership Plan)

(Not Disclosed)

Health Savings Account (HSA)

(Not Disclosed)

Education IRA (ESA)

(Coverdell Education Savings Account)​

No

Non-Qualified Account (Individual)

(Not Disclosed)

Non-Qualified Account (Joint Tenants)

(Not Disclosed)

Trust Account

(Not Disclosed)

Partnership / Limited Partnership

(Not Disclosed)

UTMA / UGMA Custodial Account

(Not Disclosed)

C-corp, S-corp, or LLC account

(Not Disclosed)

Other:

N/A


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First Midwest Bank

List of Allowable Assets

Type of Asset

Allowed For Custody?

Real Estate

Yes

Private Placement (Reg A)

(Not Disclosed)

Private Placement (Reg D)

(Not Disclosed)

Private Placement

(e.g. REIT, BDC, etc)​

(Not Disclosed)

Precious Metals

(Not Disclosed)

Futures or Managed Futures

(Not Disclosed)

Options or Hedges

(non-publicly Traded)

(Not Disclosed)

Bitcoin (or other virtual currency)

(Not Disclosed)

FOREX

(Not Disclosed)

Hedge Funds

(Not Disclosed)

Limited Partnerships

(Not Disclosed)

Single-member LLC

(or Checkbook LLC)​

(Not Disclosed)

Multi-member LLC

(Not Disclosed)

REITs

(Not Disclosed)

Annuities (fixed or Variable)

(Not Disclosed)

Viaticles or Life Settlements

(Not Disclosed)

Insurance (other)

(Not Disclosed)

Trust Deeds

Yes

Tax Liens

(Not Disclosed)

Private Lending (Unsecured Notes)

(Not Disclosed)

Private Lending (Secured Notes)

(Not Disclosed)

Private Company Stock

(Not Disclosed)

Public Company Stock (or ETFs)

(Not Disclosed)

Publicly Traded Options

(Not Disclosed)

Church Bonds

(Not Disclosed)

Mutual Funds or Closed-End Funds (CEF)

(Not Disclosed)

Livestock, Horses, or similar animals

(Not Disclosed)

Business Development Company (BDC)

(Not Disclosed)

International Real Estate

(Not Disclosed)

International Asset (other than real estate)

(Not Disclosed)

Other

N/A

 

Does First Midwest Bank sub-custody certain assets at other firms:

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Does First Midwest Bank provide sub custody services to other firms:

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Asset Specialization:

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Most popular assets held:

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First Midwest Bank

Operations

Client account title format:

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​Number of full-time employees:

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Process for setting up a new account:​

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Process for adding a new asset to client account:

First Midwest Bank requires a self-directed IRA Application to be completed.

Procedures in place to protect client information:​ 

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Procedures for annual valuations:​ 

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Procedures for when an investment is suspected to be or is found to be fraudulent:

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First Midwest Bank

Technology

Does company participate in DTC system:

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Details of DTC:​

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​Does company accept Fed Funds wires:

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Fed Funds wire details:

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Client account access: 

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Accounting:

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Account reporting:

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Trading investments:

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Safekeeping of client assets:

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Record keeping of client assets:

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Document storage:

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Compliance:

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Security and client information protection:

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First Midwest Bank

Management Team

  • Michael Scudder, CEO
  • Paul Clemens, CFO
  • Mark Sander, COO
  • Nicholas Chulos, General Counsel

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Glassdoor Ratings: (How company rates as an employer)


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First Midwest Bank

Client Protection

Insurance coverage limits for client assets:

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​Coverage for uninvested cash balances:

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Errors & Omissions coverage (E&O):

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Additional or supplemental insurance coverage for client accounts:

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Have any owners or managing members of the company been charged with a felony, theft, or fraud:

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Has the company itself ever been investigated, charged, or convicted of a felony, fraud, theft, or industry related violation:

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First Midwest Bank

Customer Satisfaction

Better Business Bureau: (click to review BBB overview)

Accredited Business since:

Not Accredited

BBB Rating:

A+

​Yelp Ratings: (click to review yelp ratings)

Number of people on customer service team:

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Number of people on the "premier" or " institutional" customer service team:

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Number of people on the team that performs investment reviews for client assets:

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Average turnaround time for a client's new investment (assuming all documents required have been send in by client):

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Average turnaround time for setting up a new client account (assuming all documentation required has been sent in by client):

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Method of client account access:

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Is client education provided by company:

(not disclosed)

Is financial advice provided to client by company:

(not disclosed)


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First Midwest Bank

Self Direct Your Retirement Transparency Index

The Self Direct Your Retirement Transparency Index is a metric we have developed to indicate how transparent self-directed IRA custodians and administrators are about their company. We value transparency as an ideal trait from a company that is providing custody or administration of your retirement accounts. It shows that the company has nothing to hide about their activities. You should consider this when you are making your choice.

The Self Direct Your Retirement Transparency Index is split into two parts. The first part is whether they voluntarily provided this information to us or whether we had to find this data on our own. Companies that provided us with the data were given the "company certified seal". If they did not participate, the seal does not show up in their profile. The second part of the index is how transparent the companies were in providing us with this information. A higher transparency number indicates a more transparent company. A number above 80% is ideal. There may be legitimate reasons companies do not want to share certain information, but you should consider this when making your decision.

Below the seal, we have listed the last time the company provided us with information. As long as the company has the certified seal, the information should be considered up-to-date​. We contact the company periodically to ensure the information is accurate. If the company chooses not to verify the information, then we remove the seal. Transparency is only one factor you should consider when choosing a self directed IRA custodian or administrator.

N/A
Information Transparency

Willingness to provide information

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self directed ira custodian

Information last updated:

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First Midwest Bank

Compared to Peers

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First Midwest Bank

Company Spotlight - Industry Trends

We asked First Midwest Bank to provide their individual insight into the following questions. This section is a bit more personal. The idea is that it will give you more insight into the company you are considering to provide custody of your investments. 

What trends do you see in the self-directed IRA industry?

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What trends in asset types do you see at your firm?

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What is your firm's biggest concern about the self-directed IRA industry?

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Please list some additional concerns your firm has about the industry?

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Do you see any changes in regards to what investors want from custodians and administrators?

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What are your company's biggest challenges?

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What are the self-directed IRA industry's biggest challenges?

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What needs to be changed in the Self-Directed IRA industry?

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How could the Self-Directed IRA Industry improve?

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What is the biggest reason for the company's success?

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Company's view of important of the following items (ranked in order of importance)?

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Other relevant information:

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First Midwest Bank

Conclusion

 

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One of the biggest areas of frustration we see from self-directed IRA investors is when they realize they have chosen the wrong self-directed IRA custodian or administrator. It takes time to set up an account and fund your investment. The last thing you want to do when you are trying to fund your investment is to think about changing to a different custodian. Choose your Self-Directed IRA custodian or administrator wisely. If you put the time in now to find the right company, you will save time, money, and aggravation later. Read our Choosing a Self-Directed IRA Custodian report for more information.

Next Steps... Once you have located your ideal Self-Directed IRA Custodian or Administrator, you will be on your way to self-directing your retirement. If you decide that this process seems too complex and you need assistance or financial advice, feel free to contact us.Our firm specializes in providing financial advice pertaining to alternative investments held in self-directed IRAs and 401ks. We are fiduciaries and provide unbiased financial advice to our clients. Contact us if you want to learn more about our wealth management services.


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