About Ken Tumin

Ken Tumin founded the Bank Deals Blog in 2005 and has been passionately covering the best deposit deals ever since. He is frequently referenced by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications as a top expert, but he is first and foremost a fellow deal seeker and member of the wonderful community of savers that frequents DepositAccounts.


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Bank Deals Blog: Internet Banks

SFGI Direct Ups Savings Account Rate - Almost 10 Years of Top Rates
Deal Summary: Savings account, 2.27% APY, $500 minimum opening deposit

Availability: Nationwide (internet bank)

On Friday SFGI Direct increased the rate on its Savings Account by 20 bps to 2.27% APY. While the 2.27% APY applies to all balances of $1+, the account must be opened with a minimum deposit of $500.

SFGI Direct’s last rate increase was on November 5th. In the last year, SFGI Direct’s rate hikes have been gradual with increases between 5 and 20 bps. The rate hikes began in June 2017 when the rate...

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earn.bank Money Market Account Leads With 2.41% APY
Deal Summary: Money Market Account, 2.41% APY on all balances, $100 minimum opening deposit

Availability: Nationwide (internet bank)

Less than three months ago, earn.bank made its debut in the internet banking world, offering a Money Market Account (MMA) and two CDs. The MMA offered an initial (and respectable) 2.02% APY on all balances. Within one month, the rate jumped to 2.31% APY, securing a place as the top-rated nationally available money market account. As of today, the MMA now earns 2.41% APY on all balances and is...

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Ally Ups Savings Account Rate & Emails Customers of Payback Earnings
Deal Summary: Rate increase: Online Savings (2.20% APY on all balances as of 1/17/2019)

Availability: Nationwide (internet bank)

This morning, Ally Bank increased the rate of its Online Savings Account (OSA) by 20 basis points to 2.20% APY. Ally’s IRA Online Savings Account also had this same rate hike. The 2.20% APY is effective as of 1/17/2019. These were the only rate hikes at Ally Bank today.

Payback Time Promotion Earnings Emails

Yesterday, Ally Bank notified customers who participated in the Payback Time promotion of the bonus they earned. Here’s...

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The Best CD Rates in January 2019
The Best CD Rates in January 2019
Written by Lauren Perez and Ken Tumin

With their more structured approach to savings, certificates of deposit (CDs) are great for saving towards more long-term goals....

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CD Rates Summary January 15, 2019
CD Rates Summary January 15, 2019

This is another reminder that this is my new version of the weekly summary with the Fed review split off on a separate blog post. My weekly summaries will now be focused entirely on deposit rates and deals. This change was done to separate the economic and political discussion from the deal discussion. Often economic discussion leads to political discussion, and that can create lots of comments which drown out comments on deals and rates. Please keep all discussion about the Fed, the economy and politics to my Fed/Economy review...

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The Best Savings Accounts in January 2019
The Best Savings Accounts in January 2019
Written by Lauren Perez and Ken Tumin

Nowadays, saving money in an account at many big banks is just about as useful as stashing it under your mattress if you’re looking to earn returns. Not only have rates on deposit accounts at traditional banks barely budged in the last few years — despite a wave of rate hikes from the Fed — but they often penalize customers with fees for everything from carrying a balance under a certain amount or daring to use an out-of-network ATM.

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Citizens Access Ups Online Savings To 2.35% APY
Deal Summary: Online Savings Account, 2.35% APY, $5k minimum opening deposit

Availability: Nationwide (internet bank)

Citizens Bank (RI) unveiled its new internet division, Citizens Access, in July 2018. The new bank's Online Savings Account offered an initial 2.00% APY on balances of $5k and above; balances below $5k earned 0.25% APY. Two rate increases in September and October added a total of 25 bps, although the lower rate tier remained static.

Since October’s increase, the Online Savings Account rate hasn’t changed until this morning: the new rate...

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Live Oak Bank Savings Account Rises to 2.25% APY
Deal Summary: Savings Account, 2.25% APY on all balances up to $5 million.

Availability: Nationwide (internet bank)

The latest institution to increase the rate on a savings account is Live Oak Bank, which added 15 bps to its Savings Account (2.25% APY) yesterday. With no minimum opening deposit requirement or minimum balance requirement, the 2.25% APY applies to all balances up to $5 million.

Throughout 2017 and for first part of 2018, the Savings Account APY was within reach of the rate leaders, but that scenario has changed....

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Salem Five Direct Ups eOne Savings Rate To 2.30% APY
Deal Summary: eOne Savings, 2.30% APY, $100 minimum opening deposit, $1 million maximum, new eOne Savings customers with some exceptions.

Availability: Nationwide (internet bank)

It’s been six months since Salem Five Direct last raised the rate on its eOne Savings account. At that time, the eOne Savings' 2.05% APY was a rate leader for nationally available savings account. As of today, the eOne Savings account earns 2.30% APY on all balances up to $1 million, but the 2.30% APY falls short of be a rate leader. FYI...

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Best Bank Account Interest Rates - Summary For January 8, 2019
Best Bank Account Interest Rates - Summary For January 8, 2019

This is my new weekly summary with the Fed review split off on a separate blog post. My weekly summaries will now be focused entirely on deposit rates and deals. This change was done to separate the economic and political discussion from the deal discussion. Often economic discussion leads to political discussion, and that can create lots of comments which drown out comments on deals and rates. Please keep all discussion about the Fed, the economy and politics to my Fed/Economy review blog post. Please use the comments of this...

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