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Best Bank Account Interest Rates - Summary for Week Ending June 15, 2014

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Best Bank Account Interest Rates - Summary for Week Ending June 15, 2014

The Fed will be holding its next policy meeting this Tuesday and Wednesday, and after the meeting ends. Fed Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to hold a press conference after the meeting on Wednesday afternoon. No policy changes are expected, but there will be a lot of searching for hints of when the Fed will raise interest rates. Recent improvements in the unemployment rate may encourage the Fed to pull in their forecasts for the first rate hike, but as mentioned in this WSJ article, "The Fed consistently has erred on the side of caution—maintaining stimulus—throughout the recovery." So the first interest rate hike may be a year or more in the future.

Once the Fed finally hikes rates, then there’s going to be a question of how high the Fed will raise the rates. According to this MarketWatch article:

Fed policy makers have traditionally believed their benchmark short-term interest rate, called the federal-funds rate, should be around 4% in a perfectly balanced economy, meaning one in which inflation is stable at 2% and unemployment is comfortably low around 5.5%. Officials are now debating whether interest rates will need to remain below that 4% threshold long after those markers are reached.

So even if interest rates rise, they may not rise to the levels we remember back in 2007.

There is some speculation that the Fed may raise interest rates sooner than forecast, and that has pushed up the shorter-term Treasury yields higher last week. It also resulted in higher Fed fund futures’ probabilities showing a higher chance of rate hikes next year. The change in these over the last week are shown below. The following numbers are based on Daily Treasury Yield Curve Rates and the CME Group FedWatch.

Treasury Yields:

  • 1-month: 0.02% same as last week
  • 6-month: 0.07% up from 0.06% last week
  • 2--year: 0.45% up from 0.41% last week
  • 5--year: 1.70% up from 1.66% last week
  • 10-year: 2.60% same as last week
  • 30-year: 3.41% down from 3.44% last week

Fed funds futures' probability of rate hike by:

  • Jan 2015: 16% up from 13% last week
  • Apr 2015: 39% up from 31% last week
  • Jul 2015: 74% up from 63% last week
  • Oct 2015: 92% up from 86% last week

Savings & Checking Account Rates

Last week was another quiet week in the savings and money market accounts that I track below. There were no rate changes.

The number of institutions offering a non-promo 1% savings or money market account remains at five. Out of these five, the accounts at Connexus Credit Union and SmartyPig have the longest history of top rates. Note, I exclude EverBank and Salem Five Direct. Only new customers can earn over 1% at these banks.

Reward Checking Accounts

Last week was also a quiet week for the nationally available reward checking accounts. There were no rate or balance cap changes.

There continues to be six banks and credit unions in my table below offering reward checking yields of 2.00% or above for balances of at least $15,000. Please note that one of these institutions, INOVA Federal Credit Union, will be adding requirements to its reward checking account in July that will make it harder to qualify for the high rate.

To find the highest reward checking rates and balance caps in your state or nationwide, please refer to our reward checking rate table. If you're new to reward checking, please refer to my blog post, 10 Common Traits of High-Yield Reward Checking.

Certificate of Deposit Rates

I’ve gone back to publishing my CD survey as a separate post. Please refer to my survey of the best CD rates. This recap will focus on banking news of the week and liquid accounts.

Best Nationally Available MM, Savings and Checking Accounts

Rate Hikes:

  • none

Rate/Balance Cap Cuts:

  • none

The rates listed below are based on Annual Percentage Yield (APY). No minimum balances are required unless noted. MMA next to the rates indicate a money market account. Most MMAs have check writing and ATM cards. Online savings accounts usually lack both of these. Previous weekly summaries are available at this page.

Rates as of June 16, 2014

Checking/Savings/Money Market Accounts:

  • Noteworthy Accounts Available Nationwide:
InstitutionRatesNotes
EverBank1.40% (6mo intro rate) 0.61% ongoing rateMMA/Checking - account review
Connexus Credit Union1.15% ($100K) 1.00% ($50K) 0.75% ($20K)MMA - active chk required
Quorum Federal Credit Union1.05%HighQ Savings Account
SFGI Direct1.01%savings account, account review
MySavingsDirect1.00%savings account - account review
iGObanking.com0.90% ($100K) 0.90% ($75K) 0.90% ($25K)New accounts and new money only, account review
SmartyPig1.00%savings account - account review
Salem Five Direct1.00%savings, for new customers only
Synchrony Bank (formerly GE Capital Retail Bk)0.95%Savings
Incredible Bank0.95% ($2.5K min)MMA account review
CIT Bank0.95% ($25K) 0.90% ($100)savings account, account review
Bank5 Connect0.90% (min $100)online savings account (not available for MA and RI residents)
GE Capital Bank0.90%online savings account
Sallie Mae Bank0.90%MMA account review
Barclays0.90%Savings account review
Redneck Bank0.90% (up to $35K) 0.50% (over $35K)MMA
AmericaNet Bank0.90% (up to $35K) 0.50% (over $35K)MMA
Evantage Bank0.90% (up to $35K) 0.50% (over $35K)MMA
Palladian Private Bank0.90% (min $10K)savings account
Ally Bank0.87%savings
First Trade Union Bank0.85% ($2.5K)FT High-Yield Savings, account review
Union Federal Savings Bank0.85% (min $2.5K)MMA account review
Ally Bank0.85%MMA
Discover Bank0.85% (min $500)savings account, account review
Colorado Federal Savings Bank0.85% ($2.5K min)savings account, account review
FNBO Direct0.85%savings account
Synchrony Bank (formerly GE Capital Retail Bk)0.85%MMA
Mutual of Omaha Bank0.85% (min $25)MMA, account review
Capital One 3600.80% ($100K) 0.75% ($50K)360 Checking
American Express Bank0.80%savings account, account review
Sallie Mae Bank0.80%savings account, account review
MyBankingDirect0.80% (min $5K)MMA
ableBanking0.80% (min $1K)MMA
Bank5 Connect0.76% (min $100)checking account (not available for MA and RI residents)
Bank of Internet USA0.75%MMA
Capital One 3600.75%360 savings account
Clear Sky Accounts0.70% (max $250K)savings account, account review
Alliant Credit Union0.70% (min $100)savings account, account review
Nationwide Bank0.66% (min $1K)MMA
FNBO Direct0.65%checking account
Alliant Credit Union0.65%Checking (req's elec. dep & e-stmts) account review
Incredible Bank0.59% ($1K min)checking, account review

Reward Checking Accounts:

  • Noteworthy Accounts Available Nationwide:
InstitutionRatesNotes
Consumers Credit Union4.09% (up to $10K) 0.20% ($10K-$25K) 0.10% ($25K+)Rewards Checking - with cc requirements
INOVA Federal Credit Union3.00% (up to $20K) 0.15% ($20K+)Ovation Checking (not available to PA residents)
Lake Michigan Credit Union3.00% (up to $15K) 0.00% ($15K+)Max Checking
Great Lakes Credit Union3.00% (up to $10K) 0.05% ($10K+)Ultimate Checking
Belvoir FCU2.53% (up to $15K) 0.05% ($15K+)CUXcel Checking
Lee Bank2.50% (up to $15K) 0.50% ($15K+)Kasasa Cash
Capital Educators Federal Credit Union2.50% (up to $10K) 0.20% ($10K+)High Yield Checking
Flanagan State Bank2.25% (up to $10K) 0.25% ($10K+)Kasasa Cash
Security Bank2.05% (up to $15K) 1.00% ($15K-$25K) 0.30% ($25K+)Security Bonus Checking
XCEL Federal Credit Union2.01% (up to $15K) 0.30% ($15K+)Kasasa Cash Checking
ABCO Federal Credit Union1.76% (up to $25K) 0.20% ($25K+)Premiere Checking
Provident Credit Union1.76% (up to $25K) 0.11% ($25K+)Super Reward Checking
Connexus Credit Union1.75% (up to $25K) 0.25% ($25K+)Xtraordinary Checking
First Tech Federal Credit Union1.58% (up to $10K) 0.16% ($10K+)Dividend Rewards Checking
Aspire Federal Credit Union1.51% (up to $10K) 0.25% ($10K+)Kasasa Cash
First American Bank1.50% (up to $15K) 0.15% ($15K+)Everyday Rewards Checking
Community Bank of Raymore1.50% (up to $10K) 0.10% ($10K+)Rewards Checking
Community Bank of Pleasant Hill1.50% (up to $10K) 0.10% ($10K+)Rewards Checking
Redneck Bank1.50% (up to $10K) 0.50% (over $10K+)Redneck Rewards Checking
AmericaNet Bank1.50% (up to $10K) 0.50% ($10K+)AmericaNet Rewards Checking
Evantage Bank1.50% (up to $10K) 0.50% ($10K+)Evantage Rewards Checking
West Texas National Bank1.26% (up to $25K) 0.25% ($25K+)Ultimate Checking
Heritage Bank1.26% (up to $25K) 0.10% ($25K+)eCentive Account
Bank of Blue Valley1.25% (up to $15K) 0.10% ($15K+)$1K/month debit card req (account review)
Bank of Internet USA1.25% (up to $150K) 0.00% ($150K+)Rewards Checking
BankFirst Financial Services1.25% (up to $25K) 0.15% ($25K+)Kasasa Cash
Avidia Bank1.06% (up to $25K) 0.05% ($25K+)eChecking
Legence Bank1.05% (up to $25K) 0.25% ($25K+)Kasasa Cash
North Country Savings Bank1.05% (up to $25K) 0.75% ($25K+)Advantage Checking
First New England Federal Credit Union1.01% (up to $15K) 0.10% ($15K+)extra 1% w/relationship
State Bank of Toledo1.00% (up to $25K) 0.15% ($25K+)Hometown Rewards Checking

Certificates of Deposit:

Bank Account Alternatives - NOT FDIC Insured

InstitutionRatesNotes
Ally Financial Demand Notes1.25% rate for $50k+Ally Demand Notes review
Duke Energy PremierNotes1.25% rate for $50K+Duke Energy PremierNotes review
Ford Interest Advantage1.10% rate for $50k+Ford Interest Advantage review
Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund0.01% 7-day yield
Vanguard Tax-Exempt Money Market Fund0.01% 7-day yield
Fidelity Money Market Fund0.01% 7-day yieldreviews on Fatwallet
Fidelity Municipal Money Market Fund0.01% 7-day yield
TIAA-CREF Money Market Fund0.00% 7-day yield

Historical Rates from the Federal Reserve (Federal funds, Treasury bills, CD's)



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