More Online Bank Interest Rate Decreases

And the hits just keep on coming… Earlier this week HSBC Direct announced that they’re reducing their interest rate form 2.60% APY to 2.45% APY, and I just received notification from E-Trade that they’re reducing their rate form 3.01% APY to 2.50% APY. These sorts of changes make the term “high yield online savings account” almost laughable, as the yields are far from high. If you’re curious as to where things stand at other institutions, be sure to check out my updated list of online savings account interest rates.

13 Responses to “More Online Bank Interest Rate Decreases”

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  2. Anonymous

    Nickel: I am earning less now because my money is just in savings with my brick and mortar bank. I just didn’t know if it was worth the effort of starting it up now if the rates were low.

  3. Craig: To what end? Are you earning more elsewhere? There’s no harm in opening an account now, as your rate climb in the future when interest rates eventually start rising.

  4. Anonymous

    I have been thinking about opening up an online account and have been doing research. With all the rates lowering, not sure if I want to yet. Do you recommend holding out till the rates improve?

  5. Anonymous

    I guess the lesson to be learnt is to just keep ready cash and maybe a month or two worth of emergency cash in these accounts whose interest rates are so volatile.

    The remaining emergency cash should be locked up in modular CDs as explained by Nickel previously.

    So in the event of an emergency one can use the money market cash to tide over and strategize on how to use the modular CDs.

    Of course right now most CDs also offer pathetic rates, so one should wait when a 5 year CD offers much better rates to put a plan in action.

  6. Anonymous

    As discussed on the DollarSavingsDirect review comments, they dropped from 4% to 3.5%.

    I just opened a rewards checking account with The Provident Bank (of New Jersey) that pays 5.01%. They haven’t reduced it yet as far as I can tell. It’s only good up to $25k, though, and also has the regular reward checking account requirements (10 POS transactions, 1 ACH deposit, online statement, etc per month).

    -Mike J

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