List of the Best Online Banks for Savings Accounts of 2014

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Finding the best online bank has never been easier. Here you’ll find online banks that offer a high interest savings account and high yield savings accounts. We like online banks because they offer competitive interest rates, low fees, and other options, while making banking more convenient than it’s ever been.   With all of the internet banks available today, let’s review which ones stand out above the rest. We’ll begin with current rates from some of the leading online banks, and then will provide more details about your best options.

High Interest Online Savings and Money Market Accounts

If you still haven’t found the high interest savings account you’re looking for, here are some more options to consider.

Bank
APY
Min. Deposit
Details
GE Capital BankEditor's Choice

0.95%

$0
Synchrony Bank Review

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GE Capital BankEditor's Choice

0.90%

$0
GE Capital Bank Review

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Barclay's Bank

0.90%

$0
Barclays' Bank Review

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0.87%

$0
Ally Bank Review

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Capital One 360

0.75%

$0
Capital One 360 Review

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0.85%

$500
Discover Bank Review

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0.86%

$1,500
Everbank Review

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0.75%

$0
FNBO Direct Review

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0.85%

$0
Mutual of Omaha Review

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Online Bank Short Reviews

DiscoverDiscover is more than just credit cards these days and when you compare their savings rates with other online banks, Discover Bank will usually come out on top.  They currently offer a pretty sweet APY on their online savings account and a very solid rate on a 5-year CD.  With no minimum requirements for their savings account, Discover Bank makes for a very attractive place to store your cash.

FNBO DirectFNBO Direct, which stands for First National Bank of Omaha, currently offers a competitive APY for its online savings account, with a minimum deposit of $500.00 (The balance must also be maintained at $500.00).  In addition to its online savings account, FNBO Direct also offers a extra rewards credit card where you can redeem the points you earn for cash right back into your savings account.  For the first year, you earn double points on all purchases, then the standard 1 point per dollar spent.  While FNBO Direct does offer CD’s their rates are significantly lower than what you can find at Ally Bank, so you may want to look elsewhere.

Ally BankAlly Bank, formerly the bank known as GMAC, transformed its image with a new name, new slogan and new purple color.  The transformation seems to be working as Kiplinger voted Ally Bank to have the best online savings account in 2009.   Funny commercials aside, Ally Bank is a great option for your online banking needs and offers a wide variety of CD’s, including a 9-Month No Penalty CD with a competitive interest rate.

EverBankEverBank is one of the few online banking institutions that offers users a high interest checking account. When I say high interest, I mean up to a 0.76% APY return every year. EverBank offers customers a very competitive rate as noted above, which is still one of the highest offered by an online bank today. In addition to their high yield checking account, EverBank also offers a Money Market account and a variety of CD’s. EverBank requires a minimum deposit of $1,500, and if you carry at least a $5,000 balance, EverBank will reimburse your ATM fees, if you acquire them.

E*Trade offers an online savings account, checking account and plenty of CD options even if you are not using them as a stock or options broker.  The APY’s leave much to be desired as the current checking account APY is very low for balances of 5K+ and their online savings account rate is low, but the main advantage of opening and online banking account with E*Trade is the convenience you will have if you choose to use them as a broker.  Transferring funds to and from your broker account using your E*Trade savings or checking account is a cinch and can save you a few days in transfer time as well.  However, if you’re not planning to use your E*Trade savings account for investing purposes, you can certainly find better interest rates elsewhere.

All institutions listed above are FDIC insured so your money will always be safe.  No need to worry!

Published or Updated: February 27, 2014
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

Comments

  1. John Flanagan says:

    I enjoy reading your blogposts! Just a quick comment; 12% of $1000 is $120. So, a $1000 gift card would turn into $1120.

    • Christie says:

      I think that they said $1120.00!

      • eh says:

        I am sure that is annually and you would have to let your gift card set unused for a year to get the $120.00

    • Gary C says:

      Barclays is at 0.90% also 0.90%APY compounded daily, no maintenance fees, and it can be opened with a $ 0 balance.

  2. Michael says:

    Thanks John. Good find on my math mistake; I’ve got a friend indebted to you for life now that he knows I’m human!

  3. Karen says:

    ING Direct just dropped their APY to 1.20. WHAMP WHAMP

  4. Dallas Nine says:

    Capital One is now 1.45%, $2500 min, 10% bonus paid quarterly.
    (down from 1.76 in article)

    Discover 1.35% (down from 1.60 in article)

    THUD THUD

  5. Lillie says:

    My brother has used the services of online banks and to date has not encountered any problems. I didn’t know the list was so extensive and offered by many top known creditors. I will definitely review the list and make a decision about a choice. Thanks for the information.

  6. BankVibe.com says:

    Online savings accounts do make things easy, however, if you’re after a decent interest rate you may want to look into “rewards checking accounts.” They have monthly requirements which you need to meet each month, but if you are able to do so you will receive much higher interest rates. You could easily find 3% – 5% APY in today’s current market (compare this to the sub 2% APY online savings accounts are providing).

    • Kathy says:

      I have one of these and get 4.01% on the first $25000.00 and 1.07% after that. Have to do 10 debit card purchases a month, use e-statements, and look at my account on-line one time a month. Great deal!

      • Poofpoint says:

        There are many banks using this custom program to gain ground in their market. The “Rewards” programs are being turned into products and will be available to more banks.

  7. Max says:

    Great informative Moneywise page for Dummies Site! Keep up the great work!
    I have two separate questions. How is the Mango Card Savings account different from these Online Banks? Second, would such debit card savings accounts be less conspicuous or “safer” from being garnisheed by debtors and lawyers than regular online/corner banks?

    Max in NYC

  8. TexasGal says:

    Great article but you need to learn the difference between “its” and “it’s”:
    “It’s” should only be used when you are substituting for “it is” as “It’s raining.”
    “Its” is possessive– as in “Zions bank provides its customers…” Of course you could solve this by using plural and go with “their” customers.
    Sorry…English professor…it’s a gift and a curse.

    • Corgi Mom says:

      Get a freaking life stupid woman! Good grief.

      • Sean says:

        Don’t criticize the woman for making a valid point–the accusation of “stupid” is completely misplaced. If a doctor was doing something incorrectly you would want them to do their job right. Allowing people to be sloppy in one place gives them permission to be sloppy in others. This is basic English–don’t be an enabler.

      • LARose says:

        Hope “Corgi Mom” wasn’t the one checking her Corgi Kids’ homework. Sloppy grammar and inappropriate word us, especially in the media, has a lasting impact on the erosion of our language and literacy. It’s always worthwhile to gently correct errors that, somehow, slip by even in the age of computerized spellcheckers and grammar checkers. And, by the way, Corgi Mom, you should have put a comma before “stupid woman” as it’s a direct address, stupid woman. (And you’re out there procreating? I shudder.)

    • Antonio says:

      @TexasGal–I value your educational achievement and efforts to remind the author and its readers on the proper use of “it” and “it’s.” I appreciate your “on-the-spot” correction. Not all grown-ups takes to someone correcting them. As I get older, I am reminded if I do not use proper grammar and mechanics, it will get lost. So again, thanks for the reminder.

  9. Beri Greenwald says:

    It’s good to be reminded about correct grammar. And, saving for retirement brings its own rewards. Thank you, Texas Gal!

  10. JoAnne says:

    I loved the article as I have been looking for a higher savings account, since my bank or any local bank here, does not offer a percentage rate worth depostng into. I have been curious if anyone was using these online banking accounts. My CD at my local bank doesn’t earn enough to satisfy me, so I’ll be looking into these online accounts. Keep these articles coming, as everyone especially those who are still in the working force, needs to be savings for their retirement. I know first hand on this.

  11. Fred Brown says:

    I still like to do business with people/businesses I know. I do not like to do business with banks/credit companies/ or loan companies that are or have been using federal funds(bail outs). For 1/2% to 1 % difference, no thanks, I will do business with people or organizations that I know.

  12. Laan says:

    Saving is the best way to gain a huge fortune.

    • stockholmer says:

      Saving? Well, I sure hope then you are buying gold and silver, and not putting it your wealth in a so-called ‘savings’ account where you are get 1 or 2% interest rates. Real inflation (not the hedonically-adjusted BS that the Fed spews out – i.e leaving out petrol, food, and rent, etc) in the US is well over 5% now, and I would argue is really in the 7 to 9% range. So is you are holding dollars in a savings account, you are getting CRUSHED.

      Gold has increased by double digits as a percentage gained for the last 10 years in a row. Can you say the same of the NASDAQ? The Dow? The S&P? The US dollar? US Treasuries? The average US IRA? LOL! How about your paycheck? How about the value of the average American house? Not so funny, now, eh?

      I have been long gold AND silver since 1998 and 1999 (in physically-held, allocated non-bank secure vault accounts), when the US trashed the Glass–Steagall Act and legalized derivatives under the Clinton/Rubin/Greenspan troika. I have an average gain of over well over 300%, whilst the Dow is utterly stagnant from the tech bubble crash of early 2001 till now. In fact, it is off greatly, due to inflation, and many were crushed in the stock crash of 2008-2009, and pulled out, locking in huge losses that they could have somewhat recovered in the QE 1 and QE 2 fueled bubble that is now unraveling. Check back with me in 3 or 4 years when those 300% figures are closing in on 1000% profits.

      In 1970, the average US car cost $3900 and it took 114 ounces of gold to buy. In 2011, that same car is around $29,000 yet takes less than 19 ounces of gold to buy. Hello dollar debasement!
      Best of luck to all on here

    • Ben says:

      I disagree with this statement. Sure saving is a great way of gaining fortune (20-30 years down the road), but to gain a huge fortune, you need to do more than just save. You need to invest or own a business, as these will allow your money to work for you. This article is about ‘investing’ in an account that will earn you more than your regular ‘savings account’ at your local bank. You know how much the average savings account is paying right now? 0.10%! Give me a break! This will never enable you to ‘gain a huge fortune’ Saving in the ‘right’ accounts will definitely help. Discover Bank has been one of our favorites over the past few years.

  13. Robert Dudley says:

    USAA is a good online bank, but is only open to active and former military members. They are best in class for service and offer great rates for loans.

  14. Sarah says:

    Hi DR or anyone else who might have some input,

    I am a recent graduate and I currently live in Beijing, China and work here. I want to open an online savings account but I’m not sure which one would be best for living abroad. My company can transfer part of my salary into an American account but are there any international online savings accounts? Any advice would be great appreciated! Thanks!

  15. Prince Calhoun says:

    We really cherish this website. Wewish we could come here everydayall day.

  16. Rob says:

    It’s not for everyone but Wells Fargo / Wachovia has a Way2Save account that while having low limits on deposits (It automatically transfers $1 from your checking into this account every time you use your debit card and you can deposit up to a $100 a month above that ) it currently pays 2%. It is surprising how fast that can add up. It is a very painless way for people to save even while they spend. Your paying yourself a $1 on every transaction and the the rate floats with prime I believe.

  17. شات says:

    I am a recent graduate and I currently live in Beijing, China and work here. I want to open an online savings account but I’m not sure which one would be best for living abroad. My company can transfer

  18. دردشة says:

    bank here, does not offer a percentage rate worth depostng into. I have been curious if anyone was using these online banking accounts. My CD at my local bank doesn’t earn enough to satisfy me, so I’ll be

  19. شات says:

    It’s not for everyone but Wells Fargo / Wachovia has a Way2Save account that while having low limits on deposits (It automatically transfers $1 from your checking into this account every time you use your debit card and you can deposit up to a $100 a month above that ) it currently pays 2%. It is surprising how fast that can add up. It is a very painless way for people to save even while they spend. Your paying yourself a $1 on every transaction and the the rate floats with prime I believe.

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  21. شات مصرى says:

    I am a recent graduate and I currently live in Beijing, China and work here. I want to open an online savings account but I’m not sure which one would be best for living abroad. My company can transfer part of my salary into an American account but are there any international online savings accounts? Any advice would be great appreciated! Thanks!

  22. Donna says:

    when people invest there money into online banks is there any chance that the their money could not be insured like the banks say they are?

  23. HYSA says:

    Capital One InterestPlus Online Savings Account is 0.85%APY and comes with a $50 cash bonus. For sure, deposits are insured though banking is done online.

  24. Rose says:

    I love american express. It’s the best service for me.

  25. Pam says:

    Why do you list GE Capital on here as an editor’s choice? It has a huge amount of complaints on spambook.

    • Rob Berger says:

      Pam, I list it for two reasons. First, it offers the most competitive interest rates with no fees you’ll find anywhere. And second, the complaints you mention relate to the financing arm of GE, not its savings products.

  26. منتديات says:

    Pam, I list it for two reasons. First, it offers the most competitive interest rates with no fees you’ll find anywhere. And second, the complaints you mention relate to the financing arm of GE, not its savings

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