With savings and money market rates suffering, investors are looking for alternatives. One possibility is with Online Banking like those from ING Direct and Emigrant Direct.Â While I am not endorsing these products, after doing a little research,Â I thought I’d share some thoughts:
- The obvious reason why they can afford to offer higher rates is because they don’t have to pay for brick and mortar locations.
- TheÂ major benefit is the FDIC insurance.Â The standard deposit insurance amount is $250,000 per depositor, per insured bank, for each account ownership category.
- There are other options on the web besides ING Direct. A few areÂ EverBank,Â HSBC, Emigrant Direct,Â Capital One (offers checks and ATM too),Â Zions Bank, etc.
- You can search to see which online banks are paying the highest current rates at Money-Rates.com.
- You can get a credit rating of these online banks at Bankrate.com. Proceed with caution. These ratings may or may not be reliable. Remember that before the 2008 market drop AIG has great ratings.
- Some online banks like ING and Emigrant pay the interest at end of month, while others like HSBC pays one month after funds are received.
- Some banks like HSBC account can be established entirely electronically, but there may be a 3 – 5 day delay in availability of funds when transferred back to the bank.
- One of the best ways to use these funds can be as an Emergency Funds. If you don’t have an Emergency Fund, you can read why they are important on a previous blog of mine entitled The Savings Grace of an Emergency Fund.
- If you are interested in learning more about online banking, you can watch a video about how ING Direct’s online banking works here.
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