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Standout Money Market Accounts

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The new money market accounts

The days when money market accounts paid sky-high interest rates are gone along with cassette tapes, dial-up internet and other once-amazing things. Today, they’re on par with most high-yield savings accounts, which pay a mighty fine interest rate by the way.

Choosing the account for you

Savings accounts typically have a lower minimum balance — making it easier for everyday consumers to open an account. MMAs, however, usually include a debit card. And both offer similar rates. In the end, it’s a matter of preference.

Check out these standout money market and savings account offers from our partners, and start earning interest.

BankAPYMonthly FeeDetails
UFB Premium Money Market Account's logo

at UFB Direct,

Member, FDIC

2.00%

With $25000 minimum balance

$10

Waived with $5000 minimum balance

Pros

  • Among the highest interest rates in the industry
  • Ability to write checks from account

Cons

  • $25,000 minimum balance required for best rates
  • $5,000 minimum balance required to avoid maintenance fees
Goldman Sachs Bank USA Online Savings's logo

at Goldman Sachs Bank USA,

Member, FDIC

1.70%

With $0 minimum balance

$0

Pros

  • Access to customer service 6 days/week
  • No monthly fees

Cons

  • No checking account, mobile app or ATM access
  • No physical branches
Barclays Online Savings Account's logo

at Barclays,

Member, FDIC

1.80%

With $0 minimum balance

$0

Pros

  • Customer service available 7 days/week
  • Minimal non-sufficient funds fee
  • No monthly fees

Cons

  • No checking account, mobile app or ATM access
  • No physical branches

Why online banks dominate the list

The two most important factors for virtually every bank-shopper are APYs and maintenance fees (since they have the biggest impact on your bottom line). And, as it happens, online banks are offering massive APYs — as much as 20x the average APY* — plus, they also offer rock-bottom maintenance fees.

*20x more interest based on the national average annual percentage yield ("APY") of 0.07% (as reported by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as of March 5, 2018) as compared to online banks with interest-bearing savings account APYs of 1.45% or more. Estimated annual earnings result assumes principal and interest remain on deposit for one year and interest rates and APY do not change. Estimated annual earnings are for informational purposes only. Interest rates and APY are subject to change and specific results cannot be guaranteed.

1 The national average annual percentage yield ("APY") is listed as 0.09% as reported by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as of February 4, 2019.

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