So, It’s not a Rumor

Yesterday, I heard that Emigrant Direct is to lower its savings rate. It was kind of surprise because I also have an account with Emigrant Direct and I didn’t get any notice about their rate change. Last night when I logged into my account in preparation of this month’s balance sheet, the savings rate was still shown at 5.15%, the same as the past four months. However, when I checked again this morning, the rate dropped to 5.05%, matching the offer from HSBC.

Currently, a large chunk of my cash is in the savings account at Emigrant Direct. Though the rate is not attractive as it used to be, it’s still one of the highest rates out there with a low minimum balance requirement. There are other banks offering higher rates, but they all require a much higher minimum balance, from $5000 to $25000, which is too high to justify the extra 20 basis points rate.

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9 Responses to “So, It’s not a Rumor”

  1. jim |  Sep 30, 2006 at 3:45 pm

    Hey Sun,
    I received an email from the folks handling ED’s affiliate program, they were giving us all a heads up about the rate change.


  2. The Sun |  Sep 30, 2006 at 9:16 pm

    So that’s the reason! It looks like they only notified account holders when the rate went up as I remember I did get an email of the rate change when the 5.15% was adopted.

  3. anon |  Jul 23, 2007 at 9:58 am

    I plan on dumping my Emigrant account this week too. There is too much competition for banking. I would think Emigrant would know that, in that their only draw was that they were a sliver ahead of the other banks in interest rate in exchange for less service (no Treasury ladder, no ATM).

  4. bl |  Oct 21, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    while ive found this older post, im not quite seeing it being factual. the fed dropped the rates recently, ing was among the first to drop their return, to 4.3 apy, etrade just dropped from 5.05 to 4.7 a full month after ing dropped rates.

    regarding emigrant direct, i was with them only a short time, i didnt like their website, but they pay nicely still.

    re: everbank on your list of the best, their 6% is only for 3 months, then it drops. sounds like comcast, jack my price up