Not long after the Federal Reserve’s recent interest rate cut, ING Direct dropped their interest rate from 3.00% to 2.75%* APY. This is par for the course for ING Direct, as they’re always among the first to drop rates and the last to increase them. Not long thereafter, HSBC Direct dropped their rate from
3.25% to 3.00% APY*. And now, FNBO Direct has dropped their rate from 3.50% to 3.25%* APY.
While I’m a bit disappointed, I can’t say that I’m very surprised. Actually, the most surprising thing to me right now is that banks such as WT Direct (3.31%* APY) and E*Trade (3.30%* APY) haven’t followed suit (yet). It’s likely only a matter of time.
As for us, we’re sticking with FNBO Direct which is, in my opinion, one of the very best online savings accounts out there (read my review). Not only have they consistently offered high rates, but they’re also amongst the safest online banks.
*For updated rates, check out my list of online savings account interest rates.