(Some) E*Trade Savings Accounts Sold to Discover Bank

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Through the ever changing banking dynamics, everything is for sale. This includes bank accounts, especially to those companies who are not necessarily in the banking business. E*Trade, known as a discount brokerage firm, has a banking division which at points in recent history helped the company stay afloat. However, in a further effort to commodify, well, everything, some accounts were sold. Those online savings accounts that were not tied to brokerage accounts were sold to Discover Bank. The actual transfer of asses occurred on March 7, 2010.

Through the ever changing banking dynamics, everything is for sale. This includes bank accounts, especially to those companies who are not necessarily in the banking business. E*Trade, known as a discount brokerage firm, has a banking division which at points in recent history helped the company stay afloat. However, in a further effort to commodify, well, everything, some accounts were sold. Those online savings accounts that were not tied to brokerage accounts were sold to Discover Bank.The actual transfer of assets occurred on March 7, 2010.
 
While this is not a major set back by any means, it serves as a great example of the disloyalty of banks to current consumers. Granted, at the time of the sale the savings interest rate for E*Trade was 0.51% APY and Discover is now 1.34% APY, so consumers won in a certain regard…and we all need to savor small victories.
 
The deposit sale is "in keeping with the strategy of reducing the bank's balance sheet and, therefore, the capital required to support the bank," Bob Druskin, E*Trade Chairman and interim Chief Executive, said during a conference call last month.
 
This does allow Discover to grow its deposit base, but it poses small challenges to consumers. One of which is the new minimum deposit that Discover Bank allows through its automatic savings plan. E*Trade allowed for as little as a dollar to be transferred from a checking account to their online savings account, Discover has a minimum of $25.
 
Fortunately, in this case, the consumer “won” by getting a higher rate, but that may not always be the case. As internet savings rates are quietly still declining (see ING at 1.1%), one will question how long this medium will continue to thrive and we will revert back to local banks…maybe even with passbook accounts!

Top Savings Rate Stays at 2% - Average Down to 1.4% APY

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Savings rates dipped very slightly this past week with the average dropping from 1.41% APY to 1.40% APY. Despite this drop, the top savings rate remained at 2% (ReadySaver.com from Southern Community Bank). Everbank also continued to offer their promo rate of 2.25% APY for the first three months on new money. After three months, the rate drops to 1.26% APY for a 1-year blended APY of 1.51%.

Savings rates dipped very slightly this past week with the average dropping from 1.41% APY to 1.40% APY. Despite this drop, the top savings rate remained at 2% (ReadySaver.com from Southern Community Bank). Everbank also continued to offer their promo rate of 2.25% APY for the first three months on new money. After three months, the rate drops to 1.26% APY for a 1-year blended APY of 1.51%.

Other notable rates include Franklin Synergy Bank at 1.75% APY and EBSB at 1.67% APY.

For those of you looking to deposit your money into a larger bank, student lender Sallae Mae just opened an Internet bank and is offering a 1.25% APY savings account. It was 1.35% APY last week.  American Express Federal Bank is offering a 1.30% APY.

The table below shows the trend with savings rates as well as select cd rates. For savings, the trend is generally down.

TrendofSavingsRatesandCDRates

Compare the top savings rates.


Top Savings Rates Steady at 2% APY - Average Dips to 1.41%

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Savings rates dipped slightly this week with the average dropping from 1.45% APY to 1.41% APY. Despite that, the top savings rate remained at 2% (ReadySaver.com from Southern Community Bank).

Savings rates dipped slightly this week with the average dropping from 1.45% APY to 1.41% APY. Despite this drop, the top savings rate remained at 2% (ReadySaver.com from Southern Community Bank). Everbank also continued to offer their promo rate of 2.25% APY for the first three months on new money. After three months, the rate drops to 1.26% APY for a 1-year blended APY of 1.51%.

Other notable rates include Franklin Synergy Bank at 1.75% APY and EBSB at 1.67% APY.

For those of you looking to deposit your money into a larger bank, student lender Sallie Mae just opened an Internet bank and is offering a 1.35% APY savings account. American Express Federal Bank is offering a 1.30% APY.

The table below shows the distribution of savings rates on the BestCashCow rate table. Remember, these are already the most competitive savings rates in the country. The distribution shows that the best nationally available savings rates are distributed between 1.5% APY and 1.25% APY.

SavingsRates-Distribution

The table below shows the trend with savings rates as well as select cd rates. For savings, the trend is generally down.

TrendofSavingsRatesandCDRates