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Long term bond rates have fallen the past two weeks because of the uncertainty in the equity markets worldwide. The markets first reacted negatively to the Federal Reserve tapering their monthly purchases and have also fallen on a very weak manufacturing report released this past Monday.
The Fed provided so much liquidity to the equity markets the past several years that changing these policies sent stock market prices lower across the globe. Now that the Fed is “taking the punch bowl away,” investors are selling equities and heading for the exits. The Dow fell more than 5 percent in January, its worst performance in several years. A safer place right now for your money is in good old fashioned deposit accounts. Don’t expect much of a return since rates are low but at least your principal is safe with the FDIC’s protection as long as you keep your deposits below $250,000.
The best money market account rates and savings account rates are unchanged this week as long term bond yields fell. The best money market rates this week are at 0.90 percent and the best savings rates are at 1.00 percent this week. The best CD rates this week are slightly above those rates at 1.04 percent with an APY of 1.05 percent.
Savings rates, money market rates, and CD rates are currently low and will remain near current levels until the Federal Reserve increases the fed funds rate. The new Fed “Chairperson,” Janet Yellen, took over the reins from Ben Bernanke this past Monday. Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke’s policies are pretty much aligned, so analysts don’t expect any change in the Fed’s current policies.
We don’t expect any across-the-board changes in deposit rates until sometime in 2015, which is when the Fed is expected to increase the fed funds rate. There will be some banks and credit unions increasing rates sometime in 2014, but don’t expect any large increases from current rate levels.
Best Savings Rates at 1.00% APY
The best savings rate in our national rate database this week is from First Trade Union Bank at 1.00 percent with an APY of 1.00 percent. First Trade Union Bank has a minimum opening deposit of $2,500 for a savings account. This bank’s savings rate is considerably higher than the average savings rates this week, including the national average jumbo savings rate.
We have several banks in our database offering savings rates at 0.90 percent, just below First Trade Union Bank’s rate. Barclays Bank, GE Capital Retail Bank, CIT Bank, and The Palladian PrivateBank are all offering a rate of 0.90 percent. Barclays Bank has no minimum opening balance for a savings account, GE Capital Retail Bank’s minimum opening deposit is $500, The Palladian PrivateBank has a minimum of $10,000, and CIT Bank’s minimum is $25,000.
The current national average savings/money market rate on account balances of at least $10,000 is at 0.46 percent. The average rate on account balances of at least $25,000 is at 0.54 percent and the average for account balances of at least $50,000 is at 0.59 percent.
In the FDIC’s Weekly National Average Rate and Rate Caps Survey, the national average savings rate is currently at 0.06 percent.
Best Money Market Rates at 0.90%
The highest money market rates in our database this week are at 0.90 percent. We have two banks offering that rate, Sallie Mae Bank and Union Federal Savings Bank. Sallie Mae’s minimum opening balance for a money market account is $0 and Union Federal Savings Bank’s minimum opening balance is $2,500.
The second top money market rate in our database this week is from EverBank at 0.86 percent. EverBank’s minimum opening balance for a MMA is $1,500. The third highest rate this week is from three different banks, Ally Bank, Mutual of Omaha Bank, and GE Capital Retail Bank at 0.85 percent.
The minimum opening balance for a money market account at Ally Bank’s minimum is $0, Mutual of Omaha Bank’s minimum opening balance is $5,000 and GE Capital Retail Bank is $10,000.
Higher Interest Rates in the Future
While we have pretty much given up hope for across-the-board increases in interest rates this year, 2015 will bring us higher rates. Last December, the Fed polled its members and 12 of the 17 members believe there will be a need for “policy firming,” (aka: a higher fed funds rate) in 2015.
The forecasts for the fed funds rate varies from a low of 1.25 percent all the way up to 4.25 percent. Where the rate actually ends up in 2015 is anybody’s guess but interest rates are moving higher.
A 1.25 percent fed funds rate will send the top savings rates and money market rates above 2.00 percent and perhaps as high as 2.50 percent. 1 year bank CD rates will also move above 2.00 percent and possibly as high as 2.50 percent.
A 4.25 percent fed funds rate would send interest rates on variable rate accounts above 5.00 percent. 1 year CD interest rates would also move above 5.00 percent. The last time we saw CD rates that high was just before the recession in 2007 when Washington Mutual was so desperate to shore up their deposit reserves, they were offering 1 year CD rates at that rate.
Below is a list of the highest bank savings account rates and money market account rates for the month of November. As you can see the best rates haven’t changed over last month’s best rates. We won’t see higher interest rates until the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) votes to increase the federal funds rate.
A higher federal funds rate will happen when the unemployment rate falls from the current level of 7.2 percent down to 6.5 percent. October’s employment report will be released this morning at 8:30 AM. Thanks to the government shutdown and debt ceiling fight the unemployment rate is expected to increase to 7.4 percent.
The unemployment rate won’t fall to 6.5 percent until April or May of 2014 so we won’t see higher savings rates, money market rates and CD rates until next year. We will have to wait until the summer of 2014 for higher bank interest rates, but for now here is a list of the highest rates available.
Highest Savings Account Rates November 2013
Highest Money Market Account Rates November 2013
You can always find a list of the best savings rates, money market rates or CD rates by searching our database of rates at MonitorBankRates.com.
For several months now, long term bond yields and mortgage rates moved higher while savings rates haven’t budged at all. 10 year bond yields increased from a low point of 1.62 percent in early May to the current level of just under 3.00 percent. The steep increase of 10 year yields practically doubling caused the quickest spike in 30 year mortgage rates ever.
During this time, the best savings rates available haven’t increased at all and remain at 1.00 percent. One factor that might change this is a change in monetary policy by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). The Committee is scheduled to meet next week and set the course for future policy.
Will The FOMC Increase the Federal Funds Rate?
The federal funds rate, which is at a current targeted range of zero percent to ¼ percent, isn’t expected to be increased by the Committee. Another policy that the FOMC embarked on years ago, called quantitative easing (QE), was designed to force long term bond rates and mortgage rates lower.
The FOMC is currently on their third round of easing known as QE3 which involves the purchase of $40 billion a month in mortgage-backed securities and $40 billion a month in long term bond yields. Many analysts believe the FOMC will announce a paring back of their purchases. Even the hint of this happening is the cause of long term bond yields and mortgage rates have spiked higher.
Deposit Interest Rates Driven to Record Lows
While the FOMC has been very successful at forcing mortgage rates and bond yields lower, their policies have also driven deposit rates to record lows. About a year ago, the FOMC acknowledged this but also shrugged it off by saying that low interest rates is helping asset prices increase on business and home values.
Tell that to retirees who don’t own a business, have downsized to a smaller home and are trying to live off interest income on deposit accounts. The current national average savings account rate/money market account rate this week is at 0.45 percent ($10,000 balance) with the highest savings rates at 1.00 percent, just more than double the average.
When Will Savings Rates Move Higher?
Even if the FOMC announces a tapering of their purchases, savings rates and money market rates won’t move much higher. Long term CD rates that have already increased will probably move slightly higher but short term CD rates won’t budge at all. Rates on these types of accounts won’t increase until the federal funds rate is increased.
The Committee has stated they will increase the federal funds rate when the nation’s unemployment rate falls below 6.5 percent. I wouldn’t expect a 6.5 percent unemployment rate until early spring 2014. When the federal funds rate is increased, banks will follow with increasing savings/money market rates and short term CD rates will probably happen sometime in late spring of 2014.
During the month of June, long term bond yields soared as investors dumped bonds fearing an end to quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve. The funny thing is the Fed didn’t say they were going to end quantitative easing so the bond market is getting ahead of itself. While bond yields moved higher, savings rates and money market rates haven’t budged at all.
Average Savings Rates and Money Market Rates
The national average savings rate/money market rate on account balances of at least $10,000 remains at 0.47 percent. The FDIC national average bank savings rate also is unchanged at 0.07 percent. Average deposit rates on account balances of at least $25,000 remain unchanged at 0.63 percent and average rates on account balances of at least $50,000 are unchanged at 0.66 percent.
Long Term Bond Yields Soar in June
Long term bond yields moved considerably higher in June. Below is a chart of closing yields on June 3rd and closing yields on June 26th.
As you can see yields are moving sharply higher with intermediate bond term yields moving the most.
Best Deposit Rates in June
Below are lists of the best savings rates and best money market rates in the month of June. These rates are pretty much unchanged from the best rates available last month though we did have a new leader with the best savings rate in our database this month. The Palladian PrivateBank tops our savings list with a rate and APY of 1.00 percent.
Best Savings Rates in June
Best Money Market Rates in June
Whether you’re comparing deposit rates or loan rates, you can always find the best rates by searching our database at MonitorBankRates.com.
We didn’t see any big changes in average money market account rates or savings account rates this week. The best savings rates and money market account rates also remain unchanged. Both average rates and the best rates available will remain at current levels until the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) votes to increase the federal funds rate.
A higher fed funds rate isn’t possible until the unemployment rate falls from the current level of 7.5 percent to below 6.5 percent. The FOMC has stated this in many meetings the past year. The FOMC has also said they don’t think the rate will fall below 6.5 percent until late 2014 but I believe it will happen sooner.
Lower Unemployment Rate Will Cause Interest Rates to Increase
Since the beginning of 2013, the unemployment rate has fallen from 7.9 percent down to 7.5 percent, an average drop of 0.1 percent a month. If the rate continues to fall at that level, we could see the rate at 6.5 percent in May of 2014 – about four to six months sooner than the FOMC expects. At that point, the FOMC will start increasing the fed funds rate and banks will follow with higher money market rates and higher savings rates.
Current national average savings/money market rates increase for higher account balances. The current national average money market/savings rate on account balances of at least $10,000 is at 0.47 percent. Account balances of at least $25,000 earn a rate of 0.67 percent on average. Account balances of at least $50,000 earn a rate of 0.67 percent on average.
Federal Fund Rate Increase
The increase in the fed funds rate will happen quickly since the current rate, at near zero percent, is accommodating in order to spur economic growth. A more neutral position for the fed funds rate would be at 1.00 percent to 2.00 percent, depending on the pace of economic growth and the inflation rate.
The higher the rate of GDP growth and the higher the inflation rate, the faster the Fed has to increase rates. By the end of 2014, the fed funds rate will probably be in the 2.00 percent to 3.00 percent range. At that point, banks will increase savings rates/money market rates to the same level.
Current Savings/Money Market Rates
There is a tug of war between the Federal Open Market Committee doing everything in its power to foster growth and the politicians in Washington doing everything to stymie growth. For now it appears the FOMC is winning by keeping interest rates low and buying long term bond to send bond yields lower.
A low fed funds rate and low long term bond yields means savings rates will also stay low for the time being. The average savings account rate on account balance of $10,000 are at 0.52 percent and the best savings rates are almost twice as high at 1.00 percent. The highest savings rates on our rate list at 1.00 percent are from two banks, CIT Bank and Barclays Bank.
The highest money market account rates this week also remain unchanged at 1.01 percent APY. The highest money market rate on our list is from EverBank, which is currently offering a 6 month promotional rate of 1.25 percent with an ongoing rate of 0.76 percent. The first year’s average APY on the account is 1.01 percent – enough to secure the top money market rate.
The government spending cuts are expected to subtract 0.5 percent from GDP growth in 2013. There is also a chance that Republicans and Democrats will forge a deal to stop the across-the-board cuts from happening. A deal is unlikely but either way, less government spending will happen in 2013 and the years to come which will dampen growth.
If the spending cuts were to throw the economy back into a recession, bond yields and interest rates would fall from current levels. Current 10 year bond yields which are now slightly above 2.00 percent would fall back to record lows of 1.40 percent. Another recession would send savings rates and money market rates below 1.00 percent, probably down to the 0.75 percent range.
Following is a list of the top savings rates and money market rates this week:
Best Savings Rates
Best Money Market Rates
Average bank savings rates remained unchanged this week as we all watch the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens play in Super Bowl XLVII. Mortgage rate searches will be down as families across America are glued to the television today. For those looking for a break, the best savings rates remained unchanged this week and there is hope interest rates might move higher before mid-2015, the date the Federal Reserve has set to keep the fed funds rate at near zero percent.
The reason rates might move higher before mid-2015 is a string of positive economic data has the been released the past several months showing signs the economy is growing. Employment for all of 2012 was better than expected as well – there were revisions higher showing 181,000 jobs a month were created on average in 2012.
Job numbers for the final two months of 2012 were also revised sharply higher. November was revised higher showing 247,000 jobs were created in that month. We need job growth of 250,000 a month to bring down the unemployment rate which is currently at 7.9 percent. Once the rate drops to 6.5 percent, the Fed will lighten up on their policies to foster growth. Doing so will lead to a higher Fed funds rate, which in turn will lead to higher savings account rates and higher rates on all interest bearing assets.
The one negative piece of news released was recently was 4th quarter GDP, which showed the economy contracted 0.1 percent in the final three months of 2012. Although this was a surprise, the good news is that the two factors that caused the downturn (reduced government spending and lower build up in business inventories) won’t be an issue in 2013. 1st quarter GDP is expected to expand again with the average estimate around 2.00 percent.
Average savings rates in Bankrate’s national rate survey this week are at 0.50 percent for account balances with a minimum of $10,000. Average rates on account balances of at least $25,000 are at 0.71 percent and average rates on account balances of at least $50,000 are at 0.71 percent. Below is a list of the highest savings rates and money market rates.
By now you probably have heard about the fiscal cliff and the damage falling off the cliff might do to the economy. I just heard and interesting survey released by Walmart which polled some of their shoppers on the fiscal cliff. Before election day only 25 percent of their shoppers heard about the fiscal cliff and about a week after the election 75 percent of shoppers were aware of the fiscal cliff. Of those 75 percent about 15 percent said they plan to spend less on the holidays.
So you can say some of the damage to the economy has already been done since the Democrats and Republicans can’t even agree how much revenue to raise and how much spending cuts there should be. That has been the sticking point up until now but even when that is figured out they then have to decide who pays more taxes and what programs are cut. After that is decided the agreement has to pass both the House and Senate which seems very unlikely since both sides are already complaining about a deal that hasn’t even been decided on.
The funny thing right now is the markets believe a deal is going to happen and have been rallying the past six days. I believe everyone is in for a rude awakening because a deal is far from being made. In the short term the amount of tax hikes and spending cuts will throw the economy back into a recession but in the long run the economy will get better and the country will be a lot better financial position which will further help the economy grow.
If you’re financially secure and have a job you don’t think you’ll lose if we head over the cliff then you probably don’t mind because you know in the long run everything will be better. If you’re not financially secure and you’re job is in jeopardy if we fall off the cliff then falling off isn’t acceptable.
One thing is for sure the markets are going to be in for a ruff period not only because of the cliff but also because the debt ceiling limit which the country will hit in the first quarter of 2013. That might be a bigger fight and cause wild swings in the markets. That being said I would sell into this rally and park some cash into a good old fashion savings account or money market account.
Granted average money market rates are very low, in fact in this past week’s rate survey released by the FDIC the average money market rate was at 0.11 percent. Average savings rates are even lower in the survey this week averaging 0.08 percent. The best savings rates and money market account rates are many times the averages but still just above 1.00 percent but at least your principal will be 100 percent safe as long as you keep the deposit amount with interest under $250,000.
I have compiled a list of the highest savings account rates and money market rates below to help you make sure you get the best rates.
Money Market Account Rates
As you can see all the savings rates and money market rates listed above are well above the FDIC national average rates. All the banks listed here also have deposits insured by the FDIC for up to $250,000 per account. All the banks listed on our rate tables have deposits insured by the FDIC. S
As we Americans head to the polls for one of the biggest Elections in our lifetime average savings rates and money market rates are still very low this week. Regardless of who wins the White House average savings account rates and money market account rates will stay at hear record lows for most of this President’s term.
The best savings rates right now at still at 1.05 percent APY while the national average savings rate this week is at 0.08 percent. On our savings interest rates table this week the highest savings rates are from CIT Bank. Current CIT Bank savings account rates are at 1.04 percent with an APY of 1.05 percent. CIT Bank’s savings rates are more than 13 times the FDIC average for the week ending November 5, 2012.
Average money market account rates are at 0.12 percent in the FDIC rate survey for the week ending November 5, 2012. The best money market account rates are more than 8 times the FDIC average. The highest money market rates on our rate survey for Election Day are from Union Federal Savings Bank and Sallie Mae Bank at 1.04 percent with an APY of 1.05 percent.
I forgot to mention both our regular savings account rates and money market rates are also many times the jumbo rates in the FDIC rate survey this week. Current jumbo savings rates are at 0.08 percent , our highest savings rate is at 1.05 percent APY. Current jumbo money market rates are at 0.18 percent and our highest money rate is at 1.05 percent APY.
Best Election Day Savings Rates
Best Election Day Money Market Rates
Bank savings rates and money market rates change all the time, check back with us often to make sure you are getting the best return for your money. Also, please don’t forget to vote today because every vote counts in this Election and every Election!
The past couple days has seen big declines in equity prices and many major companies announced disappointing earrings. These companies are also warning about future earnings because of the recession in Europe and the slowing of the economies around the world. That being said now is probably a good time to lighten up on your exposure to stocks and place funds into a savings account or a money market account.
Current savings rates are extremely low right now so you won’t get much of a return but at least you won’t lose any of your principal and interest as long as you keep your savings account or money market account balance below the FDIC insured amount of $250,000. The current national average FDIC savings rate is at 0.08 percent but there are many bank savings rates well above the national average.
The best savings rates right now on our national savings rate list are many times the national average at 1.04 percent. The best money market rates on our rate list are also many times the national average also at 1.04 percent. The bank offering the highest savings rates right now on our national rate list is CIT Bank. Current CIT Bank savings account rates are at 1.04 percent with an APY of 1.05 percent for account balances of at least $25,000.
By the way, current jumbo savings rates are also averaging 0nly 0.08 percent in the FDIC national rate survey this week so CIT Bank’s rate is an even better deal. You can get a jumbo savings account rate without having to place at least $100,000 into an account which is what most banks require to earn a jumbo rate.
The highest money market rates on our national rate list is from two different banks. Sallie Mae Bank and Union Federal Savings Bank are both offering money market account rates at 1.04 percent with an APY of 1.05 percent. Union Federal has a minimum opening deposit of $2,500 and there is no minimum opening deposit for a money market account at Sallie Mae Bank.
Granted a 1.04 percent money market rate doesn’t sound that great but when you compare the best money market rate of 1.04 on our rate list with the FDIC national average money market rate of 0.12 percent things start to look a lot better. Our best rates on money market accounts are also higher than current jumbo money market rates which are averaging 0.18 percent in the FDIC survey this week.
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