Bank/Credit Union 8/02/09 12/22/09 12/22/09
APY APY Bankrate Rating
1st Constitution Direct 2.25% 1.50% 4 stars
Alliant Credit Union 2.00% 2.00% 3 stars
CNB BankDirect 2.00% 1.70% 4 stars
Discover Bank Savings 2.00% 1.75% 4 stars
1st Constitution Direct's rate has dropped the most since August. On the plus side, they still have a 3-month promo which guarantees 1.50% APY for the first three months (see review).
Alliant Credit Union is the only one that is still maintaining a 2% APY. The reader ichaelm mentioned in the comments that he received an email from Alliant that said the savings account rate will remain at 2% in January. Alliant's board of directors typically meets around the middle of the month to approve next month's rates (see review).
CNB BankDirect has been on my short list since last year. They have fallen from the top spot, but they have kept their rates very competitive, and the bank continues to be financially strong. It's a small bank with $578 million in assets as of 9/30/09. This shows that small banks can maintain competitive rates on a nationwide savings account (see review).
Discover Bank's Online Savings Account is fairly new. I first reported on it in July. The rate has held up fairly well. They have long offered a money market account, but the rates are lower (see review).
Full List of Nationwide Online Savings Accounts
Refer to the money market account and savings account sections of DepositAccounts.com for other competitive options that are available locally and nationwide. I also have top accounts listed in my hot deals and nationwide savings account sections of my weekly summary.
If you want rates higher than 2% from a liquid account, your only option is a reward checking account. Unlike savings accounts, it'll require some work. To find reward checking accounts in other areas of the nation, please refer to the reward checking section of DepositAccounts.com. To learn more about reward checking, please refer to this reward checking overview.