Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Money Market Rates 8/11

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:

1.10% Discover Bank Online Savings
1.04% Ally Bank Online Savings
1.00% American Express High Yield Savings
1.00% Urban Partnership Bank
1.00% ING Direct Orange Savings
0.85% FNBO Direct Online Savings
0.80% HSBC Advance Online Savings
0.55% Western FCU Money Market
0.25% E*TRADE Complete Savings
0.15% Citibank Ultimate Savings
0.15% Chase Plus Savings
0.07% PayPal Money Market* (closed)

NOTES: *The PayPal Money Market fund is NOT FDIC insured. PayPal closed the Money Market fund as of 7/29/11. This result is not surprising since the PayPal money market fund has been at or near the bottom of these rankings since 2009. It is also not FDIC insured, so clearly there are better choices available. The PayPal Money Market fund will be removed from the list in the future.

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 8/2/11. 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. At the request of readers, I added American Express and FNBO Direct to the list of institutions. Discover Bank currently has the highest interest rate of the banks that I'm tracking.

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.

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


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Money market funds were paying 4%just five years ago how times have changed.