Tips for Best Savings Account Rates
Presented by Charles L Harmon
I just looked at the interest paid on one of my savings accounts and was blown away to see that I had just made $0.01. That’s just 1 cent! It’s a shame. I’ll bet it can happen to you too, especially in these times of recession or when many people are laid off or without jobs. That same account paid well over a hundred dollars in interest the previous year.
Discovering the best savings account can make you money and save you money, at the same time. The vast majority of people who open a savings account generally start with an ordinary/regular savings account. However in today’s complicated economy, that may not be the best thing for you. The fact is you have many more options available to you. Some of these options may well have the best savings account rate. Read on to discover a few simple steps that will help you make the right decision.
Bank Comparison Rules
In obtaining the highest savings account rates, comparison of banks and their respective savings plans rule. Thanks to the Internet, you don’t even have to leave your home to make your comparisons. Simply go to the respective banks web site and check out what savings plans and rates they have.
However, each of the plans may have very specific terms and conditions to qualify for the highest rate of interest available. In others words, be smart and read the fine print. Otherwise, you may find yourself somewhere down the road actually losing money, because of hidden fees and penalties.
Know the Savings Plan
It is also necessary for you to get to know the many types of savings account that are available. Simply put there are savings accounts that are considered as low-interest earning accounts and there are those accounts with higher interest earnings. Of course, there are specific terms and conditions for these accounts, and one of those terms, between low interest and high interest savings account, is the length of time your money must be left in the account; before you can withdraw it.
Some of the savings accounts that are available other than the regular accounts are the following: money market savings account, health savings account, online savings account, offshore savings account, and more. The following are factors to be considered in choosing your best savings account rates: (1) interest rates, (2) maintaining balances, and (3) initial deposits.
Evaluating Your Financial Needs and Requirements
Choosing the best savings account rates will depend on your present and future financial needs and requirements. Certainly, you will have to evaluate your needs and requirements and see if the terms and conditions of the saving account is something that you can put up with. You have to find out what your commitment will be, i.e. maintaining balance, and if you will be able to live with the commitment.
High rate savings obviously are regarded as the best savings account rates as they will give you a higher return on your deposit. Considering the higher yield of this type of savings account, it can be a good investment for the future. But, it may not be appropriate for you if you are in a tight cash flow situation. Bear in mind that this type of savings account may well require a higher initial deposit and a higher minimum balance.
If you have money sitting in a brokerage account don’t neglect to check it out too because it can be hit hard and potentially cause you to lose up to thousands of dollars if the interest drops to super low rates like .01%. That’s what happened to me when I stopped trading due to the bad stock market. My interest dropped to a ridiculously low level and I made all of $0 .03 (3 cents) from thousands of dollars in the account.
To get the most from the best savings account rates, you need to familiarize yourself with the details and fine print of your financial institution and the individual saving plans. Then make sure it fits your personal needs and requirements, so your money is working for you and not the bank.