Monday, April 9, 2012 - 5:57 PMBank2
The Great Rate Checking APY is now 2.01% for up to $15K (was 3.01% APY).
When this reward checking account was launched back in January 2009, it was available nationwide and it guaranteed 5.01% APY for up to $25K for the rest of 2009. It was restricted to just Oklahoma residents in May 2009, and the rates and balance caps have continued to fall after 2009.
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1. Monday, April 9, 2012 - 6:57 PM
It's looking like 2% with a 15K cap is going to become the new norm. Banks aren't going to want to pay more than $300 a year in interest, especially with too many of their non-local customers trying to game the RCA system with small purchases.
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2. Monday, April 9, 2012 - 7:46 PM
Reluctantly I may soon call it a day for RCAs. It was a good run while it lasted. My bottom line for RCAs is (3.5%, $25K), below which it is just not worth my effort (debit card transactions, etc.).
I still have a few above that threshold. Once those 3.5% - 4% members drop their rate, I am done. Further, I will not add any new RCAs, either.
Life is more than doing multiple (to put it mildly and modestly:D) debit transactions a month; plus the liability/risk of fraud with the debit cards.
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3. Monday, April 9, 2012 - 9:25 PM
I gave up on mine a while ago. One positive I have found is that I am spending less money than I was when I had RCAs. I guess I was swiping just to meet the qualifications but then that's probably what they expected.
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4. Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 3:52 AM
I didn't get any email notice and it's not noted in this month's statement either. Ken - Is this rate change effective immediately?
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