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SmartyPig Announces Rate Cut - Savings Account Yield Remains Competitive


SmartyPig announced on its blog that the yield will fall from 2.15% APY to 1.75% APY for balances up to $50K effective September 7, 2010. The yield remains the same for balances over $50K (0.50% on the entire balance).

According to SmartyPig's FAQ, the APY is determined by SmartyPig's bank partner, BBVA Compass. Currently, BBVA Compass has low rates on many of its deposit products. For example, it's only paying 1.95% APY on 5-year CDs (in Texas). So that may not be a good sign for the future.

However, SmartyPig has been offering top savings account rates since April 2008 (SmartyPig rate history). It's not a typical savings account. In addition to paying top interest rates, it rewards customers with discounted gift cards to its retail partners. According to the NYT Bucks Blog, these retail gift cards are the main way SmartyPig makes money. So hopefully, this will allow them to remain one of the rate leaders.

With SmartyPig's fall, this will leave only three banks with nationwide liquid accounts (non reward checking) with yields of 2.00% APY or above. As of 9/03/2010, these include:

Is it worth rate chasing? I discussed the issue in this post.

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Jo (anonymous)   |     |   Comment #3
Why am I not surprised, and just before Christmas when most people will be getting the gift cards as gifts for others.

I knew it was going to happen....new bank; new terms! Wonder if this new bank will be as good about holding on to the rate as long as West Bank did....
Rosedala (anonymous)   |     |   Comment #4
In the CEO's blog: http://blog.smartypig.com/ it says:  

 "the interest rate paid on SmartyPig savings accounts with $50,000 or less in aggregate balances will decrease to 1.75% APY"  

 I'm sure I'm wrong, but, doesn't the phrase "in aggregate balances" mean in moneys coming into the bank rather than moneys already in the bank???