Maybe our Christmas wish should be some upward movement for savings account rates.
Other than Salem Five Direct, which boosted rates to 1.25% APY, savings rates have been stalled for months, with only a couple of banks paying at least 1.00% APY.
Earlier this month, Salem Five Direct raised the rate on its eOne Savings account from 1.00% APY to 1.25% APY, but the offer is only valid for new account holders.
That means if you have an existing savings account with Salem Five Direct or a savings or checking account with its parent, Salem Five Cents Saving Bank, you’re out of luck. You may be stuck with a rate as low as 0.75% APY.
Opening an eOne Savings account requires a $100 minimum deposit. There are no minimum balance requirements to earn interest on the fee-free account. The rate is good for balances up to $500,000.
Salem Five Direct (www.salemfivedirect.com) is the online operation of Salem Five, based in Salem, Mass. It has about two dozen branches in the Salem area.
There are two other banks that pay at least 1.00% APY to savers nationwide.
CIT Bank (www.bankoncit.com) has a rate of 1.05% APY on balances of $25,000 or more. While you can open an account with a $100 deposit, you’ll only earn 0.90% APY until your balance reaches at least $25,000. The account carries no fees.
CIT Bank is a division of New York-based CIT Group. The company provides lending, leasing and advisory services to small- and medium-size businesses.
Barclays (www.banking.barclaysus.com) pays 1.00% APY with its Online Savings account. The account has no minimum deposit requirement and no minimum amount is needed to earn interest. The account also has no fees.
Barclays is part of Barclays Bank PLC of London. U.S. operations are based in Wilmington, Del.
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