The initiative, an investment of the Ohio Treasury, rewards Ohioans for furthering their financial education by providing them with a 3.25% interest bonus in their savings account. Participants will receive the bonus upon the satisfactory completion of a requisite one-year period of financial instruction.
Unfortunately, the interest bonus is limited to $5,000.
Not all banks in Ohio have signed on. According to the Cincinatti Business Journal, participating banks include PNC/National City, Liberty Savings, Wayne Savings and MainSource Savings.
4% Deal at Liberty Savings Bank
Liberty Savings Bank has a special savings account for this program called the SaveNOW Savings account. The savings account has a base rate of 0.75% APY as of 5/10/09. After one year, you can qualify for an extra bonus rate of 3.25%. Here are some of the important features as listed at the bank's SaveNOW page:
- No minimum balance; only $10 to open
- No monthly service fee
- Maximum balance on which you can earn the interest rate bonus is $5,000
- Deposits can be made to the account any time and should not exceed $500 at a time
Liberty Savings Bank also offers a reward checking account that currently pays 4.01% APY on balances up to $25K (see post). It also offers a companion savings account called reward savings that allows you to earn 2.01% APY on all balances if you meet the reward checking requirements.
Liberty Savings Bank has been FDIC insured since 1984 (FDIC Certificate # 32242).
Thanks to the reader who mentioned this SaveNOW account in the Daily Deals & News Post.