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Banks With Consistently High Interest Rates

Written by Nickel - 11 Comments

High Interest RatesAre you interested in earning the highest interest rate possible on your hard-earned savings without having to constantly chase rates from bank to bank? If so, then read on for a rundown of banks with a history of paying the highest rates.

The NY Times “Bucks Blog” recently compiled a list a list of banks that have consistently offered the highest yields on their money market accounts and certificates of deposit (CDs) over the past two years. By choosing one of these banks, you can increase the odds that you’ll continue receiving an attractive rate without having to jump from one bank to another.

There are some pretty familiar names on the list, including Ally Bank, Discover Bank, and EverBank. Notably absent are popular banks such as ING Direct, HSBC Advance (formerly HSBC Direct), and FNBO Direct.

First up, here are the banks that offered high rates for all eight quarters:

  • Ally Bank
  • American Bank
  • BankDirect
  • Discover Bank
  • EverBank
  • First Natl. Bank of Baldwin County
  • Intervest National Bank
  • M&T Bank, NA
  • MetLife Bank
  • Stonebridge Bank
  • UmbrellBank.com

Next, the banks that offered high rates for seven of eight quarters:

  • iGObanking.com
  • Imperial Capital Bank
  • UFBDirect.com

And finally, the banks that offered high rates for six of eight quarters:

  • Corus Bank
  • First Trade Union Bank
  • giantbank.com
  • Nexity Bank
  • Salem Five/directbanking.com

We have an Ally Bank account dating back to when they were GMAC, and I can vouch for their consistently competitive rates. The same goes for Everbank, though they do have a fairly significant minimum balance requirement to avoid fees.

Interestingly, we just recently became the proud new owners of a Discover Bank account when our old E*Trade bank account was transferred over to Discover. I don’t have much experience with them, but I’ve heard good things.

Published on March 17th, 2010
Modified on September 27th, 2013 - 11 Comments
Filed under: Banking, Saving & Investing

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11 Responses to “Banks With Consistently High Interest Rates”

  1. 1
    Kevin K Says:

    Bloggers have been posting a lot of positives about Ally Bank lately, I think its time I switch over to them… I’m with Discover Bank now.

    From what I can tell, Ally Bank is only getting better.

  2. 2
    Janice Says:

    Ditto. Moving over to Ally Bank from ING Direct this month.

  3. 3
    Ken @ DepositAccounts Says:

    Something very funny is on the front page of UFBDirect.com

    0.00% One of the Highest Rates in the Country!

    I don’t think they’re going to make it to an 8-quarter rate leader…

    Actually UFBDirect.com had been competitive with its savings account until the bank that holds its deposits was shutdown by regulators a couple weeks ago. Corus Bank and Imperial Capital have also been shut down by regulators.

  4. 4
    Thomas Says:

    Can you sset up subaccounts with EverBank teh way you can with ING?

  5. 5
    jackie r Says:

    I was going to open an account with Everbank but after some research online as well as reading through their fine print – I found many people displeased with the amount of time it took for deposits to post and withdrawls to be effectuated. In some cases, a week or more. When Everbank called to find out why I hadn’t yet sent in my documents – everything is on paper and through snail mail, I expressed my concerns and informed them that I’d changed my mind. The woman haughtily responded that it was common for all banks to have several days delay between when deposits and withdrawls posted. I told her that was not my experience with my bank (a not-for-profit credit union). She proceeded to hang up on me. Also, there was a post somewhere that Everbank only made soft hits on credit searches. That it NOT TRUE. Their credit inquiry on my account was a full, hard hit.

  6. 6
    Courtney Says:

    We still have one checking account (for my direct deposit) and our savings sub-accounts (7) at ING, although I have been disappointed that they’ve dropped the rate four times since the beginning of the year…it was 1.3% on Jan 1st and is now 1.1%. We’ve been opening accounts for our new needs at Ally (CDs and savings) but the difference in rates isn’t enough for us to justify the hassle of actually moving our other accounts over (0.2% for savings and 0.25% for checking). It’s like a difference of $10 a year for us.

  7. 7
    The Biz of Life Says:

    I’m with Discover now and happy with what I have there, may set up an account with Ally to compare the experience.

  8. 8
    Courtney Says:

    I can definitely say that Ally’s customer service is awesome. I have never had to use ING’s.

  9. 9
    BG Says:

    #5 jackie) Why would a bank require a credit check for a deposit account? That’s nuts.

    I’ve used Ally bank (online savings) for the past year or so, been loving it. Very simple/easy to use online interface, no fine print, top rates in the industry, easy setup of electronic transfers to/from Ally and my credit union and BofA — ’nuff said.

  10. 10
    BG Says:

    To double post, Ally’s website says:

    “Applying for an Ally Bank account

    1. By submitting your application for a product or products, you authorize us to obtain a consumer credit report as part of your application review.

    2. By proceeding with this process, you agree to the use of your credit report for the purpose of confirming your identity to help us process your application.”

    So, I think it may be standard practice that all banks pull your credit history, at least to verify that you are who you claim to be (address matches, etc) — to prevent identity theft/fraud.

  11. 11
    Courtney Says:

    @Ken #3 – if you look at the small print on UFBDirect’s webpage, it also says “Rates as of 6/17/2009.” Fishy.

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