Don’t leave money on the table: Why you deserve a checking account with high interest
It’s amazing what people can get used to, isn’t it?
Over time, you no longer notice that rattling sound coming from under the hood of your old beater. The car keeps running, so why should you care? Or after years of living in the same house, it no longer bothers you that the master bedroom door sometimes sticks in humid weather. You get used to the unpleasantness because it’s just pesky, not outright awful.Don't settle for less. Why you deserve a checking account with high interest Click To Tweet
Checking accounts should never be like that, yet for too many banking Americans, they are!
You deserve high interest
Every month, millions of Americans think nothing of depositing their dollars into checking accounts that provide little or no interest on their balances. Others accept that to get a higher interest rate, they’ll have to maintain a high minimum balance and leave thousands of dollars of their own money untouched (and unusable).
Your non-interest-bearing or low-interest checking account might seem like it’s working. But there are high interest accounts out there, and every month you don’t, you’re leaving money on the table!
“Consumers have been wrongly led to believe that earning competitive rates on checking is not an option anymore," Kasasa CEO Gabe Krajicek told CNBC back in 2014. "That's costing them hundreds of dollars each year."
The current state of interest rates
As of June 5th, 2017, the average checking account interest rate was just 0.04% for accounts with balances less than $100,000, according to the FDIC.
Even for “jumbo” deposits (accounts with balances in excess of $100,000) the average rate still didn’t break 1% — it was just 0.79%, the FDIC reported.
That means if you had $5,000 in your checking account last year (the 2015 average was just over $5,400 according to the Federal Reserve and Moebs Services), and the account earned the average rate, you got a whopping $2 for your money.
This is just unacceptable.
You can do better
Find a checking account that offers a better interest rate and terms you can live with. Many banks are beginning to offer checking accounts (like Kasasa) that use higher interest rates (2-4% or more) to reward customers for taking actions that benefit the bank and the consumer.
These actions could include:
- Enrolling in direct deposit
- Using a debit card
- Or signing up for eStatements
By tying the interest rates to behaviors that you already do (that also happen to be good for the bank’s bottom line), a bank can afford to offer a better interest rate and lower minimum balance on checking accounts.
You can find a checking account with a high interest rate. Start by visiting Deposit Accounts to see what’s available in your area.