Brilliant Bank Money Market APY Boosted To New-Rate Leading Level

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UPDATE 1/23/2023: Existing Money Market Account holders should call and request the 4.30% APY be applied to their MMA. See details below.

Deal Summary: Money Market Account, 4.30% APY, $1k min/$500k max deposit and/or balance.

Availability: Nationwide, with the exception of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

Kansas-based Brilliant Bank (internet division of Equity Bank) raised the rate on its Money Market Account (MMA) late last week. Following a 29bps increase, the MMA now earns 4.30% APY, which is currently the highest rate offered on an internet bank money market account. The minimum opening deposit is $1k, with a $500k maximum deposit and/or balance. While the 4.30% APY applies to all balances, there is a $10 monthly service fee if the balance fall below $2k.

APYMINMAXINSTITUTIONPRODUCTDETAILS
4.30%$1k$500kBrilliant BankMoney Market Account
Rates as of January 28, 2023.

The MMA made its debut in August 2022 with an initial 2.25% APY. In the past five months, Brilliant Bank has increased the MMA rate seven times, adding a total of 205 bps (including last week’s 29 bps increase.

DA reader, sethw, announced the rate increase in a Forum post on Friday. There are three comments that are somewhat concerning:

remmymo – I saw that when I logged in today but my rate was still 3.98%. when I called, I was told it was just for new money to draw new customers, but the agent said he'd give it to me anyway. […]

FindSave – I took a chance with them in October and am very glad I did. But, I guess I'll have to call and ask for my rate to be raised too as it's not showing the 4.30% yet. […]

xer00 – I just had the weirdest conversation with a CSR at Brilliant Bank. I asked him to change my account to the new interest rate they have on their home page 4.30%. He told me I would be contacted Monday by someone in charge of that and he would explain the new requirement to get that rate???? […]

Brilliant Bank does not have 24/7 customer service, so I won’t be able to contact the bank until Monday. This is just speculation on my part, but some type of requirement to qualify for the new rate might explain what’s at the top of the landing page:

Money Market Account
Up to 4.30% APY

I will update this blog post when I have more information.

UPDATE 1/23/2023: According to CSR, the new 4.30% APY is theoretically for new accounts or existing customers who deposit new money into their MMA. N.B. – When questioned about “new money,” CSR stated there was no required minimum amount of new money that would qualify for the 4.30% APY.

CSR repeatedly offered to review my MMA so she could recommend I receive the higher rate. When I asked what did “review my MMA” entail, CSR replied she would look at how long the MMA had been opened and what the balance was. I asked what bearing the account balance and longevity had on receiving the 4.30% APY; she had no real answer. Even though Brilliant Bank has not been completely transparent with this latest rate increase (“Up to 4.30% APY”), my advice for existing account holders would be to simply call and ask for the new rate. And if needs be, deposit a few dollars into your MMA.

9-Month and 15-Month CDs

Brilliant Bank’s 9-month CD (4.50% APY) and 15-month CD (4.85% APY) continue to be competitive. The minimum opening deposit is $1k and is capped at $500k.

APYMINMAXINSTITUTIONPRODUCTDETAILS
4.85%$1k$500kBrilliant Bank15 Month CD
4.50%$1k$500kBrilliant Bank9 Month CD
Rates as of January 28, 2023.

DA readers may remember that Brilliant Bank unveiled the 9-month and 15-month CDs last October, but pulled the CDs from the website within days. After a hiatus of about three weeks, the two CDs were again part of the product line. More details about the CDs can be found in the Brilliant Bank December 6, 2022 blog post.

Availability and Account Opening

As an internet division of Equity Bank, Brilliant Bank offers its product line through an online banking platform to U.S. citizens/resident aliens (18 years or older), who live anywhere in the U.S., with the exception of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma (determined by Zip Code).

Opening a Money Market Account (called the “Electric Money Market” on the application) must be done online.

Brilliant Bank is one of the newest internet bank, having opened its virtual doors in May 2022. Forum posts (in August and September) on the Brilliant Bank MMA by DA reader, rockies, are insightful and replete with information, which is quite helpful because the Brilliant Bank website does not provide a detailed FAQs or Truth-in-Savings disclosure. The information provided on the MMA landing page is minimal, at best. The following was obtained in a previous conversation with CSR.

  • Minimum opening deposit is $1k.
  • Minimum $2k balance to avoid $10 monthly service charge.
  • Maximum deposit/balance of $500k.
  • Interest is credited monthly.
  • Unlimited check writing.
  • ATM/debit card is available, with no ATM fees nationwide.
  • Free online banking and mobile banking.
  • Initial and subsequent funding can be done by ACH, wire, or check (mobile deposit).
  • $5k daily/monthly limit on outgoing/incoming ACH transfers initiated by Brilliant Bank. (The monthly time frame is a calendar month, not a rolling 30-day period.)
  • There is a $2.55 charge for external transfers initiated by Brilliant Bank. No charge for outgoing transfers initiated by an outside financial institution.
  • Unlimited beneficiaries can be designated. Social Security numbers are not required when naming beneficiaries, but are required should a disbursement occur.

Bank Overview

As an online division of Equity Bank, Brilliant Bank operates under Equity Bank’s FDIC Certificate and shares its financial history.

Equity Bank/Brilliant Bank has an overall health grade of “A” at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 5.39% (excellent), based on June 30, 2022 data. In the past year, the Bank has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $565.24 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 15.44%. Please refer to our financial overview of Equity Bank/Brilliant Bank (FDIC Certificate # 25858) for more details.

With assets in excess of $5 billion and nearly 153,000 customer accounts, Equity Bank is currently the fourth largest bank in Kansas. Established in 1985 as the National Bank of Andover, the bank rebranded as Equity Bank, A National Association in 2003, with the Equity Bank name adopted in 2012. Between 2006 and 2021, Equity Bank acquired 14 banks in four states: Kansas (7), Missouri (3), Oklahoma (3), and Arkansas (1).

How the Money Market Account Compares

When compared to the Money Market Accounts and Savings Accounts tracked by DepositAccounts.com that are available nationwide and do not require large balances, direct deposit, or have small balance caps, the Brilliant Bank Money Market Account APY currently ranks second.

APYAccount NameCredit Union/Bank
4.35%MySavings Account (no min/no max)MySavingsDirect
4.30%Money Market ($1k min/$500k max)Brilliant Bank
4.25%High Yield Money Market via SaveBetter (no min/$10m max)Western State Bank
4.21%UFB Best Money Market (no min/no max)UFB Direct
4.21%UFB Best Savings (no min/no max)UFB Direct

The above information and rates are accurate as of 1/23/2023.

To look for the best rates on liquid bank accounts, both nationwide and state specific, please refer to our Money Market Accounts Table and Savings Accounts Table.

Related Pages: money market accounts, 1-year CD rates, nationwide deals, Internet banks

Comments
SamFam
  |     |   Comment #1
Wow, what a crappy way to do business! Increase the interest rate on a savings account, except for old customers!! Horrific! Thank you Ken and the others who posted on this. I made sure, I called them and asked them to increase my rate immediate or I am closing the account. The representative said, she will submit a request. I told her I need an answer immediately. They finally approved it while I was on the phone.
P_D
  |     |   Comment #2
Not an uncommon practice. Some are even sneakier and keep creating new (essentially identical) accounts with different names that pay the higher rate so they can always say that it is a different type of account than the one you had.
SamFam
  |     |   Comment #4
I learn so much from you guys!! Something new, every day, for sure!!
LovinSomeCDs
  |     |   Comment #15
Samfam,

If I was the CSR on the phone, I would have called your bluff and advised to close your account. This must be some bush league bank that craters to threats. Its fair for the bank to run promotions to get new money, why do people think they must match the new promotions for old customers? This is no different that you buying a new construction house from a builder, and the exact same floor plan goes for 10k less 2 weeks later. You arent going back to the builder demanding money back. Or the weirdos that want a refund from Tesla because Elon dropped the prices. I applaud you for trying, and succeeding, as i would have done the same, but its legit for banks and CU's to do this.
my316402
  |     |   Comment #16
Craters to threats? There's nothing like cutting one's nose off to spite their face. If they want Samfam's business they better meet his terms or watch him go elsewhere. The greater loss between his account balance and paying an extra ~1% interest on his balance when they are already doing it for others is pretty clear to the bank.
LovinSomeCDs
  |     |   Comment #17
my316,
Hey I get it man, I would have tried to same thing. Actually, I have done the same thing in many other instances, with many other companies. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. But to be naive and to think your 50k, 100k, 1mill is going to make or break them, you are fooling yourself....unless its a bush league bank that "needs" your money. My favorite haggling is car dealers...ive walked out of many dealings empty handed, but also won a few. I know very well, that car dealer doesnt need my measly 40k for that car, they will sell it to some other sucker. You just have to catch a saleman on the right day that needs it for his quota. :)

My main credit union ive been with my entire life is an A+ rated credit union, with the BEST customer service I have ever experienced. They are fair in their dealings and will go out of the way to help you when needed. But, because they arent bush league, they would never cater to you due to threats (However, they would also never run such a dumb promotion. lol)  Years ago, I tried to get a EWP waived, to rollover in a new CD with them. The answer was no. I was young and dumb, so i threatened to "withdraw all my money". After cooling off, I did not. Within the next year, I realized they are the best and most stable CU Ive ever dealt with because they dont set a dangerous precedent of cratering to yahoos. This is just my opinion though.
Rickny
  |     |   Comment #18
#15 When housing prices were going up builders had clauses that raised prices even after a contract was signed. In North Carolina if the builders had a contact with no increases, they were just canceling the contracts. Lawyers would take these cases so you were stuck.

If they want the funds, they should take care of customers too and make adjustments. If they didn't increase my tate Iwas prepared to move my funds. People refinance mortgages all the time. I'm sure in the future this bank won't be a leader. The leaders in the past are not the leaders today.
LovinSomeCDs
  |     |   Comment #19
Rickny,
I agree. Get what you can, when you can. Those builders in NC were banking on the buyer to not sue, I hope a few buyers called their bluff and took them to court.
Rickny
  |     |   Comment #20
Happened in Texas and other hot markets too. The legal fees to pursue these complaints would be prohibited if you could find a lawyer who would take it.
Choice
  |     |   Comment #21
Talk to Gregory in Belize
Rickny
  |     |   Comment #3
Emigrant Bank has the Dollar Direct and Mysavingsdirect "Divisions". Dollar Direct had a high savings rate and for a while stated "America's Highest Rate". They dropped the the rate and the slogan. Now Mysavingsdirect has 4.35% and say America's Highest Rate*" * No minimum balance.
thumbsup
  |     |   Comment #5
Ken please update Freedom CU requirements they no longer accept members of the American Consumer Council Thanks
RZ
  |     |   Comment #6
Considering that the brokerage MM accounts have been rate leading throughout this rising FFR cycle I have reduced my bank account balances to $1.00. Avoids the rate chasing game of multiple ACH transfers and the hassle of chasing down multiple 1099s in 2024
Rickny
  |     |   Comment #14
RZ Good advice Vanguard Federal MM which is my brokerage account is paying 4.28%.
Mikey1
  |     |   Comment #7
I wish this had happened a week ago so that All America/Redneck might have followed suit and nudged their rates up for the 1/21-2/20 cycle. The latest auctioned 4 week Treasury bill paying 4.558% beats all of these bank options handily.
Rickny
  |     |   Comment #8
Thank you for contacting Brilliant Bank, In an effort to drive new deposits and expand our customer base there is a new money requirement on the 4.30% APY rate.
However, after looking over your account I would be happy to make an exception and change your rate to the 4.3%.
You will see a change to your interest rate by the end of the next business day
JeffinEasternFL
  |     |   Comment #9
I'll just stick w great service, phones answered locally and fast/professionally, emails almost as fast, free checks, immediate ACH from my hub, no wire costs IN or OUT, FDIC coverage to $1M and in high interest or low interest times they are often at and always near the top in APY. oh that's Merchants Bank of indiana (MBoI). Just sayin - why play games?
EastmanKodak
  |     |   Comment #10
I get 4.30% APY at Marcus Bank (with a referral) with no maximum, no minimum, and no fees. And when the rate is increased, the interest in my current account matches it automatically .
Rickny
  |     |   Comment #11
The referral rate is good for 3 months
JeffinEasternFL
  |     |   Comment #13
and when rates drop? Marcus will be nowhere close to the top, been there, done that...
Sanger
  |     |   Comment #12
Hi I opened. An account today great people on the phone to answer. Any questions I had easy to reach then.do not have to wait long.to talk to a real person. Great rate on my money account first set of checks is free. I like the fact that I can call and get somebody on the phone and take care of business.
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