Deal of the Day: CIT Bank has a 1.80% APY on their Money Market Account. $100 minimum deposit required and all deposits are FDIC insured up to the $250,000 per depositor maximum.
We focus on those financial institutions that have low fees, great rates, and are typically available anywhere in the U.S. You can find local banks and credit unions that offer comparable rates, but their availability is limited geographically.
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Best Interest Rates for April 2020
April 2020 Interest Rates Update: There were a few rate changes over the past month:
- Betterment Everyday™ Cash Reserve account is at 0.30% APY. Visit Betterment
- Wealthfront Brokerage Cash Account Rate is at 1.78% APY. Visit Wealthfront
- CFG Bank’s High Yield Money Market Account is at 1.90% APY ($25k minimum) and 1.80% APY ($1k minimum), both with new money.
- First Foundation Bank’s Online Savings Account is at 1.75% APY ($1k minimum, new money).
- BrioDirect is offering a High-Yield Savings account at 1.75% APY with $25 minimum deposit.
- Vio Bank’s High Yield Online Savings account is at 1.75% APY with $100 minimum opening deposit.
- Fitness Bank is offering a 2.10% APY savings account rate for balances over $100 when step requirements are met.
- Merrick Bank is offering the following CD rates: 12-month and 18-month (1.90% APY), 24-month (1.95% APY) with $25k min/$250k max deposit.
- American Express National Bank has a 12-month CD at 1.85% APY and a 60-month CD at 2.00% APY with $1 minimum deposit.
- CIT is offering a 11-month No-Penalty CD at 1.70% APY with $1k min deposit.
The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate comes in at 3.5%.
With that said, here are some of the best interest rates we’ve found for April 2020:
Best Bank Account Rates
Savings Accounts: The top savings account rate goes to TotalDirectBank Money Market Account at 1.85% APY with $2.5k minimum deposit (see table below). Several banks come in a close second, including CIT Bank Money Market Account at 1.80% APY ($100 minimum), Live Oak Bank Savings Account at 1.75% APY, Vio Bank Savings Account at 1.75% APY ($100 minimum), CIT Bank Savings Account at 1.75% APY ($100 minimum). These represent some of the highest rates on a nationally available savings account.
Here’s a comparison table we update daily with current competitive rates:
Best CD Rates: The rates on certificates of deposit vary based on the term. The longer the term, the higher the rate. Keep in mind that penalties may apply if you close the CD before the end of the term. For a 1-year CD, the best rate we could find is from Merrick Bank at 1.90% APY ($25k minimum deposit).
Checking Accounts: Most checking accounts do not pay interest. For online banks, however, you’ll find plenty of options where you can earn some interest on your funds. There are two things to keep in mind. First, many banks offer higher interest rates only if you keep a lot of money in your checking account. Second, the rates are lower than a savings account or CD.
Some top paying checking accounts that we like include FNBO Direct, which currently pays 0.65% APY. For those with at least $15,000 in checking, you can earn 0.50% APY from Ally Bank. I list Ally second because most people don’t keep that much cash in checking, but it’s an option for those who do. These rates are unchanged from previous months.
Bonus: I also keep a running list of popular checking account promotions you can check out.
Mortgages: Listing the “best” mortgage rate is really impossible. Rates change throughout the day, vary by state, and are highly dependent on a number of factors including your credit score, debt-to-income ratio, and down payment. That being said, the average rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is slightly up this month to 3.5% according to Freddie Mac (from 3.45% last month). The average rate on a 15-year fixed mortgage is down to 2.92% (from 2.95% a month ago).
You can find competitive mortgage and refinance rates at LendingTree or on the table below:
Related: Compare mortgage rates online
Best Credit Card Interest Rates
Credit Cards: The longest 0% introductory period stands at 20 billing cycles on both purchases and balance transfers. You can find a current list of the best 0% credit card offers here.
If you find better rates on any of the above financial products, please let us know in the comments below.
Note that the above rates were as of March 31, 2020. Rates are subject to change, so please confirm the rates directly with the financial institution.