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More Falling Yields at Online Savings Accounts: Capital One, AmTrustDirect, Zions

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It has been about a month since the big Fed rate cut and the falling bank yields continue. The latest drop is at Capital One. The yield on its High Yield Money Market fell from 5% to 4.75% APY yesterday. However, the yield on CapOne's new Rewards Money Market was kept at 4.66% APY (see post). CapOne also lowered the yield on its Costco Money Market Account. The yield fell from 5.20% to 5.00% APY. For more info on these CapOne accounts, please refer to this previous post.

The downward rate creep continues at AmTrustDirect. The e-Money Market yield fell from 5.06% to 4.93% APY. The lower rate may be intended to pay for their new e-Savings account which has a 5.36% APY 3-month intro rate for new money (see post).

Finally, Zions Bank's Deseret Money Market Account top tier yield fell from 5.56% to 5.51% APY. This requires a balance of over $50K. However, the low tier yield of 5.30% APY remains. This requires a balance of just $1,000. For those looking for a high money market yield at a strong bank, this would be one to consider (see post).

Thanks to all the readers who've provided rate updates in the comments.
  Tags: AmTrustDirect, Capital One Direct Banking, Zions Bank, savings account

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8 comments.
Comment #1 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
As I said once before AmTrust qualifies for the niokel and dime you to death award. It goes against my grain when they cut my rate and then give it to a new depositor. I'm thimking about funding the new savings with cash from another bank in order to get the higher rate and then when that account is established I will withdraw the same amount from the account that I have their now or maybe I will just ride off into the sunset.

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Comment #2 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
AmTrust does not want Loyal
customers. They are going down like most of the manipulative Banks.
Remember ING Direct.

By By Amtrust.

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Comment #3 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
3 Months is to short time to
open account fund it and get
some benefits from Amtrust.
Don't forget the hard pull that will bite you back for
lousy few extra dollars.

Not for me.

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Comment #4 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
In hindsight, it was better to leave the savings at FNBO than transfer it back to AMTRUST when FNBO lowered their rate at the end of September!

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Comment #5 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
AmTrust was a big waste of time.
I mean even Citibank has a better rate. I am seriously disappointed and will be moving my money elsewhere next Monday.

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Comment #6 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
UFB Direct... that's all I have to say.

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Comment #7 by ShraZZy (anonymous) posted on
ShraZZy
It's still a competitive rate but ya like you guys I am dissapointed by so much cut rate.
They still do fast ACH, which I like.

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Comment #8 by tresho (anonymous) posted on
tresho
I live less than a mile from an Amtrust office & ATM, so I will maintain my accounts there, but most of my eMoney Market Fund balance is being transferred to either Zions or UFB. I had an Amtrust CD mature on the 18th, that day it was deposited into my Amtrust checking & then sent to another of my accounts the same day.
Amtrust cutting the eMMF interest & then starting a new account system for "new money only" bothered me also so I voted with my cash.
I have linked most of my accounts through the ACH system. Even though UFB, for example, doesn't allow you to set up transfers with ACH, it will accept ACH deposits & withdrawals from my other accounts without charge.
One aspect of UFB I've found useful is their contract with UPS. You can send an envelope with a check for deposit through UPS direct to UFB in Indianapolis without charge, where I live the process takes overnight. I wrote a check on the 18th, UPS got it to UFB the 19th when it was deposited. That beats the ACH transfer system at most banks I've tried.
The form for this is here.
The only hitch was that the recipient on the UPS aystem was listed as "Affinity Financial, 45 N Pennsylvania St Fl 3, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3139" while the UFB form showed "The Huntington National Bank
45 N. Pennsylvania St., 5th Flr.
Indianapolis, IN 46204"

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