Now's the Time to Earn an APY as High as 5.55%. Best Savings Rates for Today, July 5, 2024 (2024)

Key Takeaways

  • You can earn an APY as high as 5.55% with today’s best high-yield savings accounts.
  • Experts expect the Fed to cut rates at some point this year, so today’s APYs may be the best you’ll find for a while.
  • Even if rates fall later this year, high-yield savings accounts will continue to offer better APYs than traditional savings accounts.

High savings rates have been the story for the better part of the last two years as the Federal Reserve regularly hiked rates to fight record inflation. But with rate drops on the horizon, the clock is ticking on the opportunity to maximize your earnings.

Now's the Time to Earn an APY as High as 5.55%. Best Savings Rates for Today, July 5, 2024 (1)

Currently, the best high-yield savings accounts offer annual percentage yields, or APYs, as high as 5.55% -- more than 10 times the national average. So, if you’ve been trying to grow your emergency fund or start a sinking fund, now’s the time to switch to a high-yield savings account. Once the Fed drops rates, your APY will likely drop, too

Read on to learn where you can find today’s top savings rates.

Experts recommend comparing rates before opening a savings account to get the best APY possible. You can enter your information below to see CNET’s partners’ rates in your area.

Today’s best savings rates

Here are some of the top savings account APYs available right now:

BankAPYMin. deposit to open
My Banking Direct5.55%$500
TAB Bank5.27%$0
Newtek Bank5.25%$0
UFB Direct5.25%$0
Synchrony Bank4.75%$0
Capital One4.25%$0
Discover Bank4.25%$0
Ally Bank4.20%$0

Why do savings rates change?

The Fed doesn’t directly impact savings rates, but its decisions have ripple effects on the everyday consumer.

When the Fed raises the federal funds rate -- the interest rate US banks use to lend or borrow money to each other overnight -- banks tend to increase their rates for savings accounts. Inversely, when the Fed lowers rates, banks drop savings rates, too.

Keep in mind savings rates are variable, which means banks can change the rate on your savings account at any time.

Where savings rates stand ahead of the holiday weekend

Savings rates have been trending upward for the last two years as the Fed steadily increased the federal funds rate 11 times to fight record inflation. As a result, savings rates skyrocketed.

However, as inflation began to show signs of cooling in late 2023, the Fed opted to maintain its target range of 5.25% to 5.5% at its last seven Federal Open Market Committee meetings. As a result, savings rates have remained attractive, barely budging as banks anticipate the Fed’s next move. In fact, we haven’t seen any changes since EverBank dropped the rate on its high-yield savings account on May 31 from 5.15% APY to 5.05% APY.

Based on CNET’s weekly tracking, here’s where rates stand compared to last week:


CNET Average Savings APY

Weekly Change*

FDIC Average
4.88%No change0.45%

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Why you shouldn’t wait to open a high-yield savings account

High-yield savings accounts provide a low-risk way to grow your savings while taking advantage of compound interest. Compound interest can help your money grow faster because you aren’t just earning interest on your initial deposit -- your interest also earns interest.

Here’s what else makes HYSAs stand out:

  • High rates: HYSAs often have APYs 10 times higher (or more) than the national average, as tracked by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Low or no fees: Monthly maintenance fees can eat into your savings. Many online banks can charge low or no fees thanks to their lower operating costs.
  • Liquidity: You can access money in your HYSA anytime without penalty (as long as you mind any withdrawal limits).
  • Accessibility: If you open an HYSA at an online bank, you’ll have 24/7 access through its mobile app. You may also have lots of customer service options, including by phone, online chat and secure messaging.
  • Low risk: HYSAs are protected by federal deposit insurance if they’re held at an FDIC-insured bank or credit union insured by the National Credit Union Administration. That means your money is safe up to $250,000 per account holder, per account type.

How to find the right savings account

Though a high APY is important, you should consider more than just the APY before opening a high-yield savings account. There are other important factors you should consider before choosing the right savings accounts for your financial goals, including the following:

  • Minimum deposit requirements: Some HYSAs require a minimum amount to open an account -- typically, from $25 to $100. Others don’t require anything.
  • ATM access: Not every bank offers cash deposits and withdrawals. If you need regular ATM access, check to see if your bank offers ATM fee reimbursem*nts or a wide range of in-network ATMs.
  • Fees: Look out for fees for monthly maintenance, withdrawals and paper statements. These charges can eat into your balance.
  • Accessibility: If you prefer in-person assistance, look for a bank with physical branches. If you’re comfortable managing your money digitally, consider an online bank.
  • Withdrawal limits: Some banks charge an excess withdrawal fee if you make more than six monthly withdrawals. If you think you may need to make more, consider a bank without this limit.
  • Federal deposit insurance: Make sure your bank or credit union is either insured with the FDIC or the NCUA. This way, your money is protected up to $250,000 per account holder, per category, if there’s a bank failure.
  • Customer service: Choose a bank that’s responsive and makes it easy to get help with your account if you need it. Read online customer reviews and contact the bank’s customer service to get a feel for working with the bank.

Methodology

CNET reviewed savings accounts at more than 50 traditional and online banks, credit unions and financial institutions with nationwide services. Each account received a score between one (lowest) and five (highest). The savings accounts listed here are all insured up to $250,000 per person, per account category, per institution, by the FDIC or NCUA.

CNET evaluates the best savings accounts using a set of established criteria that compares annual percentage yields, monthly fees, minimum deposits or balances and access to physical branches. None of the banks on our list charge monthly maintenance fees. An account will rank higher for offering any of the following perks:

  • Account bonuses
  • Automated savings features
  • Wealth management consulting/coaching services
  • Cash deposits
  • Extensive ATM networks and/or ATM rebates for out-of-network ATM use

A savings account may be rated lower if it doesn’t have an easy-to-navigate website or if it doesn’t offer helpful features like an ATM card. Accounts that impose restrictive residency requirements or fees for exceeding monthly transaction limits may also be rated lower.

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