When youâ€™re saving money, you want to make sure youâ€™re stashing it in the right place. Ideally, that will be in an account with a high rate of return. While savings accounts tend to offer a higher return than checking accounts, money market accounts Â â€” which are FDIC-insured up to $250,000, unlike money market funds â€” may yield an even higher rate of return.
Thatâ€™s if you know where to find the best rates.
The money market accounts that offer the highest returns are known as jumbo money market accounts. In the past, these high-yielding accounts could have minimum initial deposits as much as $100,000, but today, you can get these higher rates with a much lower initial investment and sometimes thereâ€™s no minimum at all.
In this roundup, weâ€™ll explore the top rates.
UFB Direct is an online bank and a division of Axos Bank. While you may not readily recognize either of these brands, the overall company has acquired over $9 billion in assets. UFB Direct, specifically, has strived to offer its customers competitive rates and this is evident with its new Premium Money Market Account. While you only need a minimum deposit of $5,000 to open the account, youâ€™ll need to have a minimum balance of $25,000 to earn the 2.30% APY. If your balance is less than $25,000, youâ€™ll end up earning an APY of 0.50%. This account does come with a $10 monthly fee, but if you have an average daily balance of $5,000 or more in the account, UFB Direct will waive the fee. Checks and VisaÂ® Debit Card are available upon request. There is also a mobile banking app that will allow you to manage your account on-the-go conveniently. All deposits held with UFB Direct are FDIC-insured.
Capital One offers savings accounts, checking accounts, certificates of deposit (CDs), individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and, of course, money market accounts.
If you open a 360 Money Market Account and deposit at least $10,000, your money will earn 2.00% APY. While there is technically no minimum amount required to open one of these accounts, if you have less than $10,000, you will only earn 0.85% APY. You can find higher paying basic savings accounts elsewhere or another good option to consider would be their 360 Savings Account which earns 1.00% APY regardless of balance, until you are able to hit the $10,000 threshold.
While 360 Money Market Account does not come with any fees, it also does not come with any checks. It does come with a debit card, which you can get after the account has been opened. You may withdraw money through an ATM. Just keep in mind that youâ€™ll be restricted to six certain transfers and withdrawals per month due to federal law. You can easily access your account through Capital Oneâ€™s online portal, mobile app, or you can call to speak to one of their representatives.
VirtualBank is based in Louisiana but mainly offers access to its deposit products online nationwide.
To open a high-yielding money market account at VirtualBank, you must have a minimum opening deposit of at least $100. From there, your account will earn 2.36% APY for the first year. Then, the APY will drop to 0.80%. If your daily balance drops below $100, you will be charged a $5 fee per month.
To take money out of your account, you can conduct an online transfer. As with all of the accounts on our list, you will only be able to make six withdrawals/transfers per month. If you make more than six withdrawals in a monthly statement cycle, VirtualBank will charge you a $15 fee each time you take out more money.
earn.bank, a division of Silvergate Bank, was created around the idea of offering premium rates on bank accounts. Taking a look at the rate the bank is offering on its money market account makes it hard to argue with this idea. For a small minimum deposit of $100, you can receive an APY of 2.31%. While the rate is outstanding and you can earn it with a small deposit amount, you may have to pay a $10 monthly maintenance fee if you have an average daily balance below $10,000. Another downside to this account is that it doesnâ€™t come with check-writing capabilities or even a debit card to withdraw money. If youâ€™re okay with having your money in a complete online bank account, then you may not mind the lack of these two features. You are able to transfer money via ACH online. earn.bank also has a mobile app that allows you to manage this account on the go.
Northpointe Bank is based out of Grand Rapids, MI, but services customers nationwide. The founder of the Northpointe Bank envisioned that the bank would focus on customer service first and foremost, and would offer real value to its customers. Running on these values, Northpointe Bank tries to offer competitive rates to new and existing customers. Currently, the bank is offering a 2.30% APY on its money market account with a minimum balance amount of $25,000. You only need $1,000 to open the account, but you wonâ€™t earn the high rate unless you meet the balance requirement. If you decide to work your way up to the balance requirement hereâ€™s what youâ€™ll get with each tier:
If youâ€™re able to earn the high rate, youâ€™ll be guaranteed this rate for 24 months. This account comes with checks and a debit card upon request. Northpointe Bank supports online banking and has a mobile banking app.
Pacific National Bank, headquartered in Miami, FL, provides banking services to customers nationwide through its online banking platform. Currently, the bank is offering a money market account with a high rate ofÂ 2.25%. Youâ€™ll need to deposit a minimum of $5,000 to earn that rate and waive the monthly maintenance fee of $25. This account does have checking writing capabilities and a mobile banking app is available to download.
BankPurely is a division of Flushing Bank. Built to attract conscious consumers focused on an ethical lifestyle, this division attempts to build the â€ścommunityâ€ť aspect of a community bank online rather than in person. One of their social initiatives is planting one tree for every new account opened.
To open a PurelyMoneyMarket account with BankPurely, you must have an initial deposit of $25,000. You will be required to keep your account balance at or above $25,000 to earn the accountâ€™s 2.25% APY. You will be able to withdraw money using online services and a debit card, but remember to keep it below the six withdrawal per month limit.
Sallie Mae is probably best known for underwriting mortgages and student loans. However, they also offer deposit accounts direct to consumers.
For example, their high-yield money market account pulls in 2.20% APY with no monthly maintenance fees and no minimum upfront deposit. You can write checks from this account, but keep in mind that youâ€™ll have to stay below six withdrawals per month. If you donâ€™t youâ€™ll be charged a $10 excessive transaction fee. This fee will be applied for each withdrawal after six in a statement period, up to $70 per period. If you make more than seven excessive transactions, the additional $10 fees will be applied to the following monthâ€™s statement.
KeyBank offers one of the highest APY money market accounts â€” at least during the initial twelve-month promo period. During the first year, money market accounts with balances between $25,000 and $2,000,000 earn an APY of 2.25%. Unfortunately, this rate may not be available in all markets, so make sure you enter your zip code to get the rate that pertains to your location. Also, you must open a checking account with KeyBank to qualify for this promotion.
After the promotional period is over, your rates will drop to 0.12% APY for balances over $25,000 as long as you have an average of at least one deposit and eight withdrawals from your KeyBank checking account during the past three statement periods. At this point, amounts under $25,000 will earn 0.10% APY.
Whether youâ€™re in the promotional period or not, you will be charged an $18 monthly maintenance fee. You will also be charged a $15 fee every time you make more than six withdrawals from your money market account in any given statement period.
Bank7 is based in Oklahoma but has branches in Texas and Kansas as well. It also offers access to its deposit products online nationwide.
To open a high-yielding money market account at Bank7, you must have a minimum deposit of at least $5,000. From there, your account will earn 2.05% APY until your balance reaches $1 million. Then, youâ€™ll stop earning interest. If your daily balance drops below $5,000, you will be charged a $15 fee per month.
To take money out of your account, you can use a debit card or online transfer. As with all of the accounts on our list, you will only be able to make six withdrawals/transfers per month. If you make more than six withdrawals in a monthly statement cycle, Bank7 will charge you a $3 fee each time you take out more money.
North American Savings Bank is headquartered in Missouri, but offers products online nationwide. The minimum deposit on North American Savings Bankâ€™s money market account is only $1,000, but if you want to earn the 2.02% APY on your balance, you must keep it at or above that $50,000 threshold. If you do deposit the minimum amount, you can still earn a decent APY of 1.77%. If you balance grows anywhere between $25,000 and $49,999, the APY will increase to 2.02%. You will have online banking capabilities for withdrawals â€” up to six per month. This account comes with no monthly maintenance fees as long as you maintain a minimum balance of $1,000.
It is important to note that this account is an online only special and is subject to change without any notice.
Jumbo money market accounts are typically called jumbo because they require a significant deposit to earn the top rate. You may have noticed that many of these accounts do not necessarily have the label â€śjumboâ€ť attached to them. This is because with the advent of online banking, more and more financial institutions are passing along the savings they incur from not having to maintain brick-and-mortar locations on to their customers via higher returns on products like money market accounts.
For that reason, youâ€™ll notice that many of the highest-yielding accounts on this list can also be found on our Best Money Market Rates & Accounts lineup.