on Savings Account
|Blue Federal Credit Union*
|American Express® Personal Savings
|Capital One 360 Performance Savings
|Marcus by Goldman Sachs
With interest rates at highs we haven’t seen in years, you are probably wondering which savings account will earn you the most money.
If you have money in savings, it makes sense that you’ll want to earn as much money as possible on those funds, especially if they will be in the account for a long period of time, such as your emergency fund.
Table of Contents
- How We Created This List
- Customers Bank – 5.30% APY
- CloudBank – 5.26% APY
- Blue Federal Credit Union – 5.15% APY
- CIT Bank – 4.65% APY
- Barclays Bank – 4.35% APY
- Discover Bank – 4.35% APY
- Ally Bank – 4.25% APY
- American Express® Personal Savings – 4.30% APY
- Capital One 360 Performance Savings – 4.35% APY
- Marcus by Goldman Sachs – 4.15% APY
- How to Choose The Right Savings Account
- How Do Online Savings Accounts Work?
- What About Money Market Accounts?
- What About CDs?
- Why Are Most High-Yield Savings Accounts Online Only?
- Will I Have to Pay Taxes on Interest Earned?
How We Created This List
First, we looked for savings accounts that earn well above the national average annual percentage yield (APY).
Next, we looked for accounts with no monthly account fees and low minimum balance requirements. Because a high interest rate isn’t enough if there are also fees or a bunch of hoops to jump through to qualify.
Of course, all the banks on the list are reputable, and all are FDIC-insured.
Customers Bank – 5.30% APY
Via Raisin, Customers Bank offers a savings account earning 5.30% APY. Opening the account only requires a $1 deposit, and there are no monthly fees. You do have to go through Raisin to take advantage of this offer; it does not exist directly on the bank’s website.
Customers Bank was founded in 2009 and has over $22 billion in assets. As the name implies, they are focused on the customer. Every member gets a dedicated banker who is their go-to person at the bank. This is usually a feature reserved for the wealthy at traditional banks.
As a bank, they offer a wide range of products, including checking, savings, CDs, personal loans, and mortgages. Their checking account earns 2.00% APY with a $50 minimum balance requirement. They have physical locations in 11 states.
CloudBank – 5.26% APY
CloudBank offers a savings account earning 5.26% APY through Raisn. There are no monthly fees, and it only takes $1 to get started. You do have to open the account through Raisin, as this offer is not on the CloudBank website directly.
CloudBank is a division of Third Coast Bank and is available in all 50 states. However, the only account they offer on their website is a single CD with a modest interest rate.
Blue Federal Credit Union – 5.15% APY
You’ll need to go through the Raisin website to grab this deal, but Blue Federal Credit Union is offering 5.15% APY on a savings account with no monthly fee. You’ll only need a $1 initial deposit to get started.
Anyone can open this account via Raisin; you do not need to be a member of Blue Federal Credit Union to qualify. Typically, only those who live in Colorado or Wyoming are able to bank here, but their partnership with Raisin allows customers nationwide to take advantage of this offer.
Blue Federal Credit Union was founded in 1951 at the F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. It also operates The Blue Foundation where they give back to the community through volunteerism and grants. For example, they recently gave a grant to a horse rescue ranch that takes in horses after their owners can no longer care for them.
CIT Bank – 4.65% APY
CIT Bank offers 4.65% APY with its Savings Connect account.
There are no monthly service fees, and a minimum deposit of $100 is required to open the account. You don’t need to go through Raisin to get this APY. It is available directly on the company’s website.
If you have more than $5,000 to deposit, you can get the Platinum savings, which offers a slightly higher APY.
CIT Bank has a variety of bank accounts available on its site, including checking, savings, money market, CDs, and home loans.
Barclays Bank – 4.35% APY
Barclays’s Online Savings Account earns 4.35% APY and does not require a minimum deposit to open and does not have a monthly fee.
Barclays was founded in London and continues to be a British bank. They have a U.S. component but the only other banking products Barclays offers are CDs, which also have high interest rates. They operate completely online, so there are no physical locations.
Discover Bank – 4.35% APY
You are probably familiar with Discover’s credit cards, but did you know they also offer a fantastic savings account? Their Online Savings Account is currently earning 4.35% APY and has no minimum opening deposit or monthly fees.
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Discover also offers checking, CDs, money market accounts, and retirement savings options.
Ally Bank – 4.25% APY
Ally’s savings account earns 4.25% APY. It doesn’t require a minimum deposit or have any monthly fees.
If you also have an Ally checking account, you can also set up what Ally calls “boosters” to help you save more. You can set up “round-ups,” which automatically round up any purchases you make in your Ally checking account and transfer the change into your savings. Another booster you can activate is called “surprise savings”. Ally will monitor your Ally checking account and automatically transfer excess funds into savings.
You can also set up recurring transfers from checking to savings.
American Express® Personal Savings – 4.30% APY
American Express is another company you primarily know from its credit cards, but it has a high-yield savings account that is currently earning 4.30% APY. As with most other accounts on this list, there is no minimum deposit required to open and no monthly fees.
Amex actually offers a full-service banking experience. It has checking, savings, CDs, personal loans, investment management, and, of course, credit cards.
Capital One 360 Performance Savings – 4.35% APY
The Capital One 360 Performance Savings earns 4.35% APY with no minimum opening deposit and no monthly fees.
This is the only bank on this list with physical locations. So, if you want a high-yield savings account with a bank where you can meet with a banker face-to-face, here’s your chance.
Capital One offers a wide range of banking accounts, including checking, savings, credit cards, and auto loans.
Marcus by Goldman Sachs – 4.15% APY
Winning the award for the strangest bank account name, Marcus by Goldman Sachs earns 4.15% APY with no fees and no minimum deposit requirements.
One thing this account offers that most don’t is same-day transfers on amounts under $100,000, even to other banks. Transfers to third-party banks from online savings accounts typically take 2-3 days. So if you like to move your money around quickly, this might be the account for you.
Goldman Sachs is probably best known as an investment bank, but it also offers savings, CDs, personal loans, and even a few credit cards.
How to Choose The Right Savings Account
Often times it isn’t about which savings account will earn you the most money. Yes, how much you’ll earn is important, but there are a few other factors to consider as well.
Here’s what you’ll want to consider when choosing a savings account.
Ease of access: If you are going to be transferring money back and forth between checking and savings frequently, then you’ll want to make sure that transfers are quick and easy to do. That might mean going with the same bank where you have your checking account, even if it means giving up some interest.
APY: If your savings are being held for longer term goals, say as an emergency fund, you’ll want to look for a high-yield savings account where your money can earn some interest. A traditional savings account typically has fairly low annual percentage yields, so looking for an online savings account is usually your best bet.
Fees: Paying monthly maintenance fees on your savings account isn’t necessary. Any fee you pay will likely wipe out any interest earned during the month. Avoid an account with monthly fees unless they can be waived by meeting requirements you’d meet naturally. For example, if the fee can be waived with a $500 balance and you rarely dip below $1,000, that is probably fine. But look for a different account if you’ll have to struggle to meet a requirement to have the fee waived
Minimum balance requirement: A lot of savings accounts have minimum balance requirements to earn the advertised annual percentage yield. None of the accounts on this list have this requirement, but if you are considering an account that does, ensure you can easily meet it. Otherwise, you’ll be leaving money on the table.
How Do Online Savings Accounts Work?
Online savings accounts work almost the same as traditional ones, except they tend to pay a higher APY.
The main difference is that you’ll usually transfer the money into, and out of, the savings account from your existing checking account. The checking account doesn’t need to be at the same bank as your online savings account. You’ll link the two accounts together and will be able to easily transfer money back and forth.
What About Money Market Accounts?
Money market accounts are very similar to savings accounts. The main difference is that you have easier access to the money in a money market account.
With money market accounts, you are typically offered a debit card to withdraw money from an ATM. You may also be given checks that you can write against the account. These features are rarely, if ever, found on savings accounts.
The easy access could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your savings and spending habits. If you know that being able to access the ATM and withdraw money will impair your ability to save, then it’s probably not the best choice.
However, if you easily save money and having easy access isn’t an issue, then you could earn a bit more interest with a money market account.
What About CDs?
There are definitely CDs out there that are earning high interest rates right now. However, unlike savings accounts, CDs require you to lock up your money for a specified amount of time. If you break the CD you are typically charged a penalty of a few months’ interest. This isn’t a huge deal, but if you think you’ll need to break the CD, then it defeats the purpose of getting the higher APY.
Here are our best 12-month CDs if you think this might be the best choice for you.
Why Are Most High-Yield Savings Accounts Online Only?
Traditional savings accounts often don’t have high-interest savings accounts. I’m talking about the savings accounts from the big brick-and-mortar banks you have in your city. Why they don’t offer high-yield savings accounts? Maybe it’s because they have high costs, such as buildings and many in-person employees. Or maybe it’s simply because they don’t have to offer high rates because they have so much name recognition and can get customers without them.
But no matter the reason, online banks and credit unions tend to offer better savings account rates. But you don’t have to worry about the safety of your money. All the banks on this list are FDIC-insured, meaning that if a bank fails, the government will step in and ensure everyone’s money is returned to them.
Credit unions are also federally insured but under a different program called NCUA insurance, and it essentially works the same.
Will I Have to Pay Taxes on Interest Earned?
You will have to pay taxes on the interest that is earned in your savings accounts. If you earn over $10 in interest, you’ll receive tax form 1099-INT from the bank or credit union.
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About Ashley Barnett
Ashley Barnett was born with a passion for personal finance. Even as a kid she would read anything she could find about money. When personal finance blogs started popping up on the internet she jumped on board, starting a personal finance blog in 2008.
In 2013, she pivoted to freelance editing where she spends her days trying to create the best personal finance content on the internet.
She lives in Phoenix with her husband and two children and you can usually find her sitting in her backyard re-reading Harry Potter for the millionth time.