With interest rates as low as they are, you might be looking for any way to earn a bit more on your savings.
One option is to open a money market account. The deposit requirements for such accounts may be higher than for standard savings accounts, but the interest rates also are usually higher. And you still have the security of FDIC insurance protecting your deposits.
Think of money market accounts as a mix of security and a little extra growth — though at a rate typically lower than you’d earn with more aggressive investment options, such as an individual retirement account.
Here’s a roundup of the best money market accounts.
Best interest rate
ableBanking, 1.00% APY
The ableBanking money market account, with a 1% APY, requires a minimum opening deposit of $250, but after that you need to keep only a single penny in the account to maintain it. There’s no monthly account fee.
Easiest to access your money
Bank of Internet Money Market
This account comes with the ability to write checks (the bank provides the first set for free if you order them when the account is opened), a debit card and online bill-payment services. There are a few unusual perks too, such as providing postage-paid envelopes for deposits by mail. Bank of Internet also offers an array of online and mobile banking tools, including check deposits and fund transfers.
If you want a savings account with many of the same features as a checking account, Bank of Internet’s money market account may be a good choice.
Ally Money Market
The interest rate isn’t too shabby either. At an APY of 0.85%, it’s roughly 10 times the national average.
ATM withdrawals are free at more than 43,000 Allpoint ATMs, and Ally will reimburse up to $10 per statement cycle for fees incurred at out-of-network cash machines.
Best introductory rate
EverBank, 1.11% APY
You’ll need $1,500 to open a money market account. For customers with average daily balances above $5,000, EverBank will cover 100% of the fees charged by out-of-network ATMs in the U.S.
Lowest minimum deposit
Best accounts at brick-and-mortar banks
PNC Bank Premiere Money Market
The APY you earn depends on your balance and whether you have a checking account with the bank. If you have a Performance Select checking account, for example, your money market account could earn as much as 0.8% APY. Even though you can open an account with a small initial deposit, you’ll need a $5,000 average balance to avoid a $12 monthly service charge.
Santander Money Market Savings
Santander is especially good for those who like to bank on the go. Its Apple and Android mobile apps receive consistently high reviews.
BBVA Compass Money Market
If you have a lot to deposit and prefer to bank at traditional branches, BBVA Compass may be for you.
Bank of America Rewards Money Market Savings
Margarette Burnette is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @margarette. NerdWallet writer Virginia C. McGuire contributed to this report.
Updated Sept. 12, 2016.
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To determine the best accounts, we took a close look at more than 50 financial institutions: the largest U.S. banks based on assets, debit card volume and Internet search traffic, the nation’s largest credit unions with broad-based membership requirements, and other notable and/or emerging players in the industry.
Financial institutions surveyed: ableBanking, Alliant Credit Union, Ally Bank, American Express, AmTrust Direct, Associated Bank, Bank5 Connect, Bank of America, Bank of Internet, Barclays, BB&T, BBVA Compass, Boeing Employees Credit Union, BMO Harris, Capital One, Charles Schwab Bank, Chase, CIT, Citibank, Citizens Bank, Comerica Bank, Connexus Credit Union, Discover Bank, EverBank, Fidelity, Fifth Third Bank, First Convenience Bank, GoBank, HSBC Bank USA, Huntington Bank, KeyBank, MetaBank, Moven, M&T Bank, Navy Federal Credit Union, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, PNC, Regions Bank, Santander, Security Service Federal Credit Union, Simple, State Employees’ Credit Union of North Carolina, SunTrust, Synchrony Bank, TD Bank, Union Bank, USAA, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.