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Standout Online Savings Accounts

The best online savings accounts offer high interest rates while being a safe place to park your money. Because online banks don’t have the expense of maintaining branches, they can offer high-interest savings paying many times higher than the national average of 0.05%*. To make the search easier, we created this shortlist of standout picks from our partners. Check out the offers, from our partners, and start earning interest today.

Summary of Standout Online Savings Accounts

American Express® High Yield Savings Account

at American Express National Bank,

Member FDIC

American Express® High Yield Savings Account

4.5

NerdWallet rating 
American Express® High Yield Savings Account

APY

0.60%

With $0 minimum balance

Bonus

N/A

at American Express National Bank,

Member FDIC


Bonus

N/A

Why we like it

This account does not charge monthly fees and does not require a minimum opening deposit. However, American Express reserves its mobile apps for credit card customers.

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Building an emergency fund

Emergency funds don’t get enough credit. They’re useful to literally everyone and protect you from falling into debt when life happens. Think: blown transmission, a surprise vet bill or even losing a job. Experts recommend having 3-6 months of living expenses in your fund. And because the money needs to be available at last notice — but might sit around for quite a while — a high-interest savings account is one of the best accounts you can use.

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 16x the average APY** — plus, they also offer rock-bottom maintenance fees.

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*The national average annual percentage yield ("APY") is listed as 0.05% as reported by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as of September 1, 2020.

**21x more interest based on the national average annual percentage yield ("APY") of 0.05% (as reported by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as of September 1, 2020) as compared to online banks with interest-bearing savings account APYs of 0.80% 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.

To recap our selections...

NerdWallet's Standout Online Savings Accounts