Finding the best interest rates is a lot easier today than it was even a few years ago. Here at Dough Roller, we track rates on everything from checking and savings accounts to mortgages to CDs. It occurred to me, however, that there was no one single page on the site where you could find the top rate for each type of account. So we created this page, updated monthly, to track the highest (or lowest) rates available.
Deal of the Day: CIT Bank is offering a fantastic 2.10% APY on their Savings Builder Account. There are no monthly maintenance fees and the minimum deposit to open is $100. FDIC Insured.
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.
Best Interest Rates for October 2019
October 2019 Interest Rates Update: There were several important rate hikes over the past month:
- Betterment Everyday Savings account is down to 2.04% APY.
- Wealthfront Brokerage Cash Account Rate is at 2.07% APY.
- First Security Bank’s Kasasa Cash account is at 2.51% APY on balances up to $50k; their Kasasa Saver account is at 1.31% APY on balances up to $50k.
- BrioDirect is offering a High-Yield Savings account at 2.46% APY with $25 minimum deposit.
- Vio Bank’s High Yield Online Savings account is at 2.42% APY with $100 minimum opening deposit.
- Fitness Bank is offering a 2.75% APY savings account rate for balances over $100 when step requirements are met.
- Prime Alliance Bank is offering a 60-month CD at 2.50% APY and a 48-month CD at 2.40% APY, both with $500 minimum deposit.
- Merrick Bank is offering an 18-month CD at 2.40% APY and a 12-month CD at 2.46% APY, both with $25k minimum deposit.
The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate comes in at 3.64%.
With that said, here are some of the best interest rates we’ve found for October 2019:
Best Bank Account Rates
Savings Accounts: The top savings account rate goes to CFG Community Bank Money Market Account at 2.50% APY ($25k minimum deposit) (see table below). Several banks come in a close second, including VIO Bank at 2.42% APY ($100 minimum), TAB Bank at 2.40% APY, Popular Direct at 2.40% APY ($5,000 minimum), BMO Harris Bank Money Market Account at 2.35% APY ($5,000 minimum) and CIT Savings Account at 2.10% APY ($100 monthly deposit or $25k minimum balance). 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 BBVA at 2.30% APY ($500 minimum).
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 0.60% 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 up this month to 3.64% according to Freddie Mac (from 3.58% last month). The average rate on a 15-year fixed mortgage is up to 3.16% (from 3.06% 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 18 months 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 September 30, 2019. Rates are subject to change, so please confirm the rates directly with the financial institution.Topics: Banking