Best banks for multiple savings accounts
If you want more than one account for your savings, these six financial institutions should be at the top of your list. They offer some of the highest annual percentage yields, or APYs, on the market, spare people from monthly maintenance fees and let customers nickname accounts to personalize them. And you probably won’t run up against the account limit at these banks.
- Alliant High-Rate Savings (see full review)
- Ally Online Savings Account (see full review)
- Barclays Online Savings Account (see full review)
- Capital One 360 Savings (see full review)
- Discover Online Savings (see full review)
- Synchrony High Yield Savings Account (see full review)
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If you’re serious about making the most of multiple savings accounts, we recommend going with one of these options. Looking elsewhere can’t hurt, as long as you keep these four tips in mind:
1. Avoid monthly maintenance fees
Using multiple savings accounts can be more of a burden than a bonus if you’re hit with monthly maintenance fees. If you want to open an account at a bank that charges these fees, there usually are ways to avoid getting dinged. These can include keeping balances above a certain dollar amount or scheduling automatic transfers between checking and savings accounts.
2. Lock in strong rates
Avoiding monthly fees should be a priority, and securing a high rate should be too. Online banks and credit unions tend to offer higher APYs than traditional brick-and-mortar banks, which makes them ideal for multiple savings accounts.
Online banks and credit unions tend to offer higher APYs than traditional brick-and-mortar banks.
Look at it this way: Keeping $5,000 at a bank that offers a 0.01% APY would earn an annual yield of just 50 cents. An APY of 1.05%, on the other hand, would earn about $50 — not enough to quit your job, but a welcome addition to that emergency fund. (Here’s how to start one.)
3. Use nicknames to personalize accounts
The banks and credit unions listed above let people nickname their accounts based on what their savings goals are. You can name these accounts whatever you’d like, but we recommend keeping it simple — “vacation fund,” “emergency fund,” “new dishwasher fund.”
4. Be aware of limits
Some banks and credit unions limit the number of savings accounts people can have. Others may put limits on the number of accounts folks can open during the initial application process, though policies can vary from bank to bank.
Federal banking regulations limit holders of savings accounts to six withdrawals a month per account, not including ATM or in-person withdrawals.
No matter how many accounts you have at a bank, make sure you won’t get hit with surprise fees for excessive withdrawals. Federal banking regulations limit holders of savings accounts to six such transactions a month per account, not including ATM or in-person withdrawals.
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There is no one-size-fits-all answer to where you should open multiple savings accounts. But by exploring your options and keeping the above tips in mind, you can set yourself up for success.