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Ken Tumin founded the Bank Deals Blog in 2005 and has been passionately covering the best deposit deals ever since. He is frequently referenced by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications as a top expert, but he is first and foremost a fellow deal seeker and member of the wonderful community of savers that frequents DepositAccounts.

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Fed Holds Rates Steady - Deposit Strategies as Rates Gradually Rise
Fed Holds Rates Steady - Deposit Strategies as Rates Gradually Rise

The Fed decided to hold off on a rate hike at its third FOMC meeting of the year. This was widely expected since the Fed increased rates at the last meeting, and there have been no upside economic surprises to speed up the Fed’s gradual rate-hike plans. There had been new concerns that recent weak economic news may move the Fed back to its position last year when it kept putting off rate hikes. The Fed dampened those concerns in today’s policy statement when it described the slowing of...

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Another Fed Rate Hike - What Savers Should Expect in 2017
Another Fed Rate Hike - What Savers Should Expect in 2017

At the second FOMC meeting of the year, the Fed raised the federal funds rate by 25 basis points. The move had been widely expected since March 3rd when Fed Chair Janet Yellen gave a speech with strong signals pointing to a rate hike at this meeting. Here’s that all important paragraph in today’s FOMC statement:

The Fed kept its note regarding its expectations for gradual increases in the federal funds rate. However, there was one slight change. They removed the word “only” in the sentence. It now says:

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Financial Health Grades Updated from Q4 FDIC and NCUA Reports
Financial Health Grades Updated from Q4 FDIC and NCUA Reports

The FDIC and NCUA recently released their reports of the fourth quarter health of the institutions they insure. They also released the 2016 Fourth Quarter Call Reports of all the insured institutions. We use these reports to derive our financial health grades for each institution. We have finished importing this data, and all of the health grades for banks and credit unions have been updated to reflect the December 31, 2016 reports.

You can view the latest health ratings of your bank or credit union in our Bank Health Ratings...

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Fed Holds Rates Steady - Strategies for Savers
Fed Holds Rates Steady - Strategies for Savers

The Fed decided to hold off on a rate hike at its first FOMC meeting of the year. This was widely expected since the Fed increased rates at the last meeting. As can be seen in the following excerpt from today’s FOMC statement, the Fed included its typical wording about keeping rates unchanged:

What’s not clear from today’s policy statement is if the Fed is preparing for a March rate hike. There were a few small signs that the Fed may do another rate hike in March. First, the Fed...

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Review of the 2016 Bank Failures and Their Effects on Depositors
Review of the 2016 Bank Failures and Their Effects on Depositors

Only five banks failed in 2016. The year looked similar to the years before the 2008 financial crisis when bank failures were rare. Last year continued the trend of a declining numbers of bank failures. This trend started in 2011 when 92 banks failed, which was a big improvement over 2010 when 157 banks failed. The year 2010 had the highest number of bank failures since the 2008 financial crisis. If you were a DA reader back in 2010, you probably remember my Friday bank failure posts. Almost every...

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Deposit Account Strategies for 2017
Deposit Account Strategies for 2017

As of today, 88% of the readers who took my Fed Rate Hike Poll anticipate three or fewer Fed rate hikes in 2017. This prediction is inline with what the Fed suggested last month with its dot plot and inline with the current Fed fund futures, which indicate only a 14% chance of more than three rate hikes in 2017 (Please take the poll if you haven’t already).

This is a good reminder that rate hikes this year (and in the next couple of years) will likely to be gradual....

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Interest Rate Predictions for 2017
Interest Rate Predictions for 2017

Happy New Year! Will 2017 be the year when savers finally start seeing some relief from these ultra low interest rates?

You can find reasons to be optimistic in the last two months of 2016. First, the markets reacted positively to Trump’s election. Since the election, the 10-year Treasury yield has increased from 1.88% to 2.45%. According to this Wall Street Journal article:

December’s Fed meeting was another reason to be optimistic for rising rates in 2017. In addition to hiking the federal funds rate by 25 basis points, the Fed’s...

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Finally a 2016 Fed Rate Hike - What Savers Should Expect in 2017
Finally a 2016 Fed Rate Hike - What Savers Should Expect in 2017

For the first time in 2016 and for only the second time in ten years, the Fed raised the federal funds rate. After last December’s Fed rate hike, the Fed had forecasted four rate hikes in 2016. Unfortunately for savers, it turned out to be just one rate hike. There are signs that 2017 might be different with multiple Fed rate hikes.

First, here’s the long awaited paragraph in today’s FOMC statement:

On a cautionary note, the Fed continues to say that it expects only a gradual increase in the federal...

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Financial Health Grades Updated from Q3 FDIC and NCUA Reports
Financial Health Grades Updated from Q3 FDIC and NCUA Reports

The FDIC and NCUA recently released their reports of the third quarter health of the institutions they insure. They also released the 2016 Third Quarter Call Reports of all the insured institutions. We use these reports to derive our financial health grades for each institution. We have finished importing this data, and all of the health grades for banks and credit unions have been updated to reflect the September 30, 2016 reports.

You can view the latest health ratings of your bank or credit union in our Bank Health Ratings...

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Will Trump Make Deposit Rates Great Again?
Will Trump Make Deposit Rates Great Again?

For savers who have lived with the ultra low interest rate environment for the last eight years, they may take some comfort that President-elect Donald Trump has said “Yellen is keeping rates too low, too long.” A Trump Presidency could speed up the pace of Fed rate hikes, and based on interest rate history, deposit rates do track Fed rate hikes and have often outpaced Fed rate increases.

The first way a Trump Presidency may speed up the pace of Fed rate hikes is by changing the Fed. The most...

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