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Saturday, February 03, 2024

www.FedPrimeRate.com: The Pros And Cons Of Using Multiple Banks

The Fed has all but succeeded at bringing inflation down to a comfortable level here in the USA.

So, at this point in the inflation cycle, with short-term rates at their peak, the next rate move by the Fed will almost certainly be down.

That's why you may have noticed a lot of buzz about certificates of deposit right now. It's a very good time to lock-in great yields from banks and credit unions all across the nation.


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www.FedPrimeRate.com: The Pros And Cons Of Using Multiple Banks, According To Banking Experts
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The Pros And Cons Of Using Multiple Banks, According To Banking Experts

By: > Andrew Lisa

Modern banks are one-stop-shop financial institutions. Many offer the convenience of checking, savings, money market, brokerage, retirement, loan, and credit card accounts all unified under one roof -- regardless of whether that roof is real or digital.
Although modern consumers can handle nearly all their financial needs with one bank, they certainly don’t have to. So, does it make sense for most people to consolidate their financial services with the same institution, or would it be wiser to spread their money around to different accounts at different banks?

The answer is that it depends. No two financial consumers are the same, and both strategies have benefits and drawbacks.

GOBankingRates.com consulted experts in the banking and financial sectors to determine the pros and cons of using more than one bank.


Gary Zimmerman is the founder and CEO of MaxMyInterest, a cash-management platform that automatically directs money between bank accounts based on which is paying a higher interest rate at a given time. The money stays in the account holder’s name throughout and retains full liquidity and the protection of FDIC insurance.

In his experience, the primary benefit of maintaining accounts at different banks is to enjoy the old-fashioned service and attention of tellers at physical branches as well as the convenience, feature-rich apps and far superior savings yields of online-only banks. So savvy savers might want to open multiple accounts — a core brick-and-mortar checking account plus higher-yielding online savings accounts.


Benefiting from the best traits of physical and digital banking is not the only perk of opening accounts at different banks. Experts also suggest putting some of your money in your local bank or credit union and some in a big, corporate bank with national or even global reach.

This strategy allows you to support your neighborhood institution, whose employees are familiar faces and members of your community, while also having access to thousands of ATMs and other services no matter where you go through your account with a brand-name corporate bank.


In 2023, several high-profile bank failures reinforced the importance of FDIC insurance. Deposits under the insured limit were quickly made whole, but every dollar over the maximum was at risk of being lost forever. If you have significant deposits, you must do your banking with insurance in mind.

“There’s a safety aspect,” said David Rafalovsky, CEO of Oxygen, a banking services and financial technology platform. “Spreading your money across different banks can protect you under the FDIC insurance limits.”

It’s essential to understand that multiple accounts at the same bank will not keep your money safe.

According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, “The standard deposit insurance amount is $250,000 per depositor, per insured bank, for each account ownership category. The FDIC insures deposits that a person holds in one insured bank separately from any deposits that the person owns in another separately chartered insured bank.

“For example, if a person has a certificate of deposit at Bank A and has a certificate of deposit at Bank B, the amounts would each be insured separately up to $250,000. Funds deposited in separate branches of the same insured bank are not separately insured.”


“Brick-and-mortar banks typically pay rates that are well below the rate of inflation, which means you’re losing purchasing power every day,” said Zimmerman. “While you might want to keep your main checking account at a brick-and-mortar bank, online banks have lower operating costs, and so they’re able to pay higher rates on savings.”

When you keep all your accounts in the same place, you can check in with them all at once at a glance. You have only one password to remember, one app to download and you receive only one set of alerts and communications.

On the other hand, managing money scattered across multiple institutions can be frustrating and time-consuming.

“It can become increasingly more difficult to keep track the more you have under your name,” said Matt Gromada, head of family banking at Chase.


The added difficulty of keeping up with accounts strewn across multiple institutions goes beyond just convenience — mismanagement can lead to costly errors. “Managing multiple accounts requires more time and effort,” said Rafalovsky. “There’s a higher risk of incurring fees, especially if you’re not meeting minimum balance requirements. And let’s not forget the potential for confusion and stress. Balancing several accounts can be overwhelming, leading to errors like missed payments or oversights in budgeting.”


The main attraction of spreading out your accounts is buffet banking — you get to take what you like and leave what you don’t from each institution. But if you have too many savings accounts, you can hobble your own yields and forfeit precious compounding power.

“In addition to the need for more upkeep, you can lose out on savings interest by having multiple accounts,” said Gromada. “Generally, you will typically earn less interest on several smaller accounts than one big one."

Not only is it harder to keep up with changing rates among several accounts, but many banks have a tiered rate structure, and with your dollars spread thinner, it can be harder to meet the minimum balance that you need to get the best rates.


SOURCE: https://www.gobankingrates.com/banking/banks/banking-expert-pros-cons-of-using-multiple-banks/


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rates on Sallie Mae Bank High-Yield Savings, Certificate of Deposit, and Money-Market Accounts Now Among Most Competitive in the Marketplace

Here's a clip from today's press release:

"...Sallie Mae Bank -- the retail banking arm of Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company -- today announced new, competitive interest rates on its high-yield savings, certificate of deposit (CD), and money market accounts, increasing them to some of the most favorable yields available in today’s marketplace.

Sallie Mae Bank’s money market account now carries a 1.50 percent annual percentage yield (APY), which is 16 times higher than the Bankrate.com national average. The account requires no minimum balance to open the account and has no monthly maintenance fees. Customers can transfer money free of charge, and easily manage their accounts online.

Sallie Mae Bank’s high-yield savings account now carries a 1.35 percent APY -- 11 times higher than the Bankrate.com national average -- with no minimum balance to open the account and no monthly maintenance fees. Customers can also transfer money free of charge and easily manage their accounts online.

In addition, Sallie Mae Bank’s 12-month CD is now available at a 2.00 percent APY, while the 18-month CD offers a 2.05 percent APY, the 24-month CD carries a 2.30 percent APY, the 36-month CD now has a 2.20 percent APY, and the 60-month CD offers a 2.50 percent APY. Sallie Mae Bank’s CDs have no monthly fees and guaranteed rates over the life of the account, with a minimum balance of $2,500.

'We are committed to helping our customers save for college and other financial goals with responsible, sound, and competitively priced banking products and services,' said Paul Thome, president, Sallie Mae Bank. 'Our new savings rates -- which are some of the most competitive in the market today -- can help families do just that.'..."



Term Interest Rate§* APY§*
60 months 2.86% 2.90% APY
36 months 2.81% 2.85% APY
30 months 2.81% 2.85% APY
24 months 2.76% 2.80% APY
18 months 2.57% 2.60% APY
15 months 2.47% 2.50% APY
13 months 2.42% 2.45% APY
12 months 2.47% 2.50% APY
11 months 2.18% 2.20% APY
9 months 1.83% 1.85% APY
6 months 1.29% 1.30% APY

* = Advertised Interest Rate and Annual Percentage Yield (APY) for Certificates of Deposit may change after maturity, apply to personal accounts only, and are accurate as of 02/09/2018. A penalty may be charged for early withdrawal. Fees could reduce earnings. Please refer to the Account Terms and Conditions Agreement for details.

§ = Rates listed in this table were updated on August 21, 2018.


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