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The Fed's rate cuts are really starting to be felt as several banks slashed the rates on their online savings accounts. Some of the recent rate cuts include:
  • Citibank: Ultimate Money Market: 4.5% APY (was 5%), Ultimate Savings: 4.00% APY (was 4.50%), e-Savings: 4.00% APY (was 4.25%) - account review
  • WaMu Online Savings: 4.75% APY (was 5.00%) - account review
  • Capital One Money Market - Costco: 4.70% APY (was 5.00%), Capital One Money Market - regular: 4.50% APY (was 4.75%), Money Market Rewards: 4.00% APY (was 4.66%) - account review
  • Indymac Internet First Rate Money Market - 5.00% APY for $25K+ (was 5.25%) - account review
  • Savings: 5.00% APY (was 5.17%) - account review
  • Zions Deseret Money Market: 5.34% APY for $50K+ (was 5.40%), 5.19% APY remains for $1K+ - account review

This Wall Street Journal article from yeterday reports on how the Fed rate cuts have been slow to have their full effects on savings products. One of the reasons cited is the continued tightness in the credit markets where banks are trying go attract customers' deposits. That has definitely helped to keep Countrywide's and Indymac's rates high. But as we see with Indymac's cuts today and Countrywide's cuts last week, even these rates are now falling.
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Niranjan   |     |   Comment #1

Thanks a lot for the tips and updates on banking. It has been quite useful and I have opened a Capital One Rewards MMA.

And since that day the rates have been falling. :(

Hope eveything gets back to normal and even better soon.

Anonymous   |     |   Comment #2
I sure wouldn't consider the rate cutting to be slow. It has happened a whole lot faster than they will go back up.

This is the best blog of it's kind that I have found, and I also want to thank you banking guy.
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #3
I haven't heard anyone complaining about FNBO lately. They had an ad on TV over the weekend (in AZ) advertising their 5.05 % APY rate.
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #4
I am one of the lucky ones that did not have an issue with FNBO & surprisingly, they are holding strong at 5.05% I know that many people had issues with this bank ie...the email mistake w/ Due Diligence and so on but I stayed with them and glad I did. I just hope it lasts a little longer.

Also, I opened a CD with Countywide when it was 5.7. and was able to ACH a transfer of 80% of my savings after verifying deposits that showed up the next day!!... The money was in my new cd w/Countrywide in 2 days. Not to shabby.

**Does anyone know of a good website that explains what a municipal bond is and how it works?? I was told you don’t have to pay interest on your interest until you retire?? Not sure if this is exactly true. This info is not from a great resource but its worth checking out. Thanks all.
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #5
To Goldie
Municipal bonds are bonds issued by City, County and State governments. Interest received on them is Federal income tax free and some are state income tax free depending on the bond you buy and the state you live in. I beleive that bonds rated A thru AAA are paying between 4.75 and 5 % at the present time. Go to .
Click investment products then bond and fixed income then investment types and then municipal. I beleive this will give you a brief description.
There are many other sites. Go to Yahoo and type municipal bonds in the search box.
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #6
Thank you so much to the poster above

Anonymous   |     |   Comment #7
you could have done better with Penfed which had 6% CD for a while.
Right now BoT still has 6.01% and seems like it will stay that way.
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #8
What is Bo T?
Banking Guy
Banking Guy   |     |   Comment #9
Goldie may be referring to State Bank of Toledo and their 6.01% reward checking account. Please see this post for more info.
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #10
virtual bank just dropped...

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