Friday, December 9, 2011

Money Market Rates 12/11

Here are the latest money market interest rates of the banks that I've been tracking on my blog. Note that these rates are sorted by APY, and represent institutions that I have accounts at, or have otherwise mentioned in my blog:

1.00% Discover Bank Online Savings
0.90% American Express High Yield Savings
0.90% Urban Partnership Bank Online Savings
0.89% Ally Bank Online Savings
0.85% ING Direct Orange Savings
0.80% HSBC Advance Online Savings
0.70% FNBO Direct Online Savings
0.40% Western FCU Money Market
0.15% E*TRADE Complete Savings
0.15% Chase Plus Savings
0.10% Citibank Savings Plus
0.10% Travis CU Flexible Money Market
0.06% Patelco CU Money Market Account

In some cases, MMA interest rates are tiered. If this is the case, I usually report the interest rate at the $10,000 tier in these updates.

Rates are believed to be accurate as of 12/8/11. I did not include banks that had special, or introductory rates in the list because they are not ongoing interest rates. I am also not including non-liquid accounts such as CD's in the list. This month, I am adding two additional credit unions to the list so that readers have a comparison point to banks.

Discover Bank currently has the highest interest rate of 1.00% among the banks that I'm tracking. A one-time favorite, Ally Bank Online Savings has dropped a few positions in my list. Rounding out the bottom of this list are two credit unions, Travis CU, and Patelco CU. I question the motives of those who have encouraged others to transfer their money from banks to credit unions during Bank Transfer Day last month.

The credit unions on my list are on par with Citibank, which is really the bottom of the heap, as far as banks are concerned. However, Citibank does have a special promotion going on where you can get either $200 or $400 for opening a new Citi Checking Account. Of course, there are a few catches to this offer. First of all, you are required to set up direct deposit, and need to make electronic bill payments for at least two months. The Citibank account offers a $200 bonus, and the Citigold account offers a $400 bonus. While not a requirement to receive the bonus, you need to keep $6,000 ($15,000 after December 9, 2011) in the Citibank account to avoid a $20 monthly fee. And $50,000 is required to avoid a $30 monthly fee for the Citigold account. In spite of these potential fees, this bonus offer might be worthwhile for some depositors.

It seems that the general interest rate trend is down. I was especially disappointed that the interest rates for Citibank and Chase were so low. Since I still have significant funds in these institutions, I think that it is time for me to consider moving some money around to other institutions, but I won't be transferring the funds to a credit union.

So, that is the latest list of money market rates. Please let me know if you know of any higher interest rates.



smg said...

The returns are really bad over there. Returns on cash are over 5% in oz if you can open up an aussie bank account or find a mutual/managed fund that invests in the australian market and just go for a cash allocation...just some thoughts.

pfstock said...

Here in the United States, I know of one bank (EverBank, see above) that offers foreign currency CDs. The primary risk to US investors is the risk of currency fluctuation. There is also a charge for exchanging currency. For Australia, there is an inverted yield curve with the top rate being the 3 month CD at 2.78% APY. Given all this uncertainty, there is no guarantee that a US investor would come out ahead. From your perspective though, you would perceive that most of the rest of world has much lower rates of return.

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I recently was at JP morgan chase and their was a sign stating a ten year CD at one percent.