The Pentagon Federal Credit Union ("PenFed") currently offers a 1.01% APY for its Access America checking account for balances of $20-50K. <$20K earns 0.50% APY. Details here. No interest for >$50K. Upgrade from older checking account without changing account number, checks, etc. There should be a link in the "I want to..." section of the Main Menu.
Addendum: "*Earn dividends with direct deposits of $1,000 or more and a daily balance of up to $50,000 per statement cycle.1" I called to verify and was told that to earn interest does require Direct Deposit of $1,000+ monthly. ACH transfers do not count.
Thanks OP for mentioning the $1k DD requirement. I just opened this account last month and was not aware of this. I will now be pulling most of my funds out, because the rate isn't worth the hoops when I can get similar interest at lots of other places. I wouldn't mind if any ACH transfer counted. But it would take me a couple months of trial & error to figure out which transfers counted as a fake direct deposit and I'd lose interest all those months until I found one that worked. Not worth it! exclusivelysid said: Why would I keep that much amount in a checking account?
Well I have a substantial amount in there currently only because real-life events are preventing me from dedicating time to managing investments actively. It's an OK place to store $50k for a month or two when you're not sure how soon you're going to be transferring it elsewhere and putting it to good use.
By the way, where Penfed really shines is the "instant" ACH transfers. I love how they'll float you $5k per day instantly, even on weekends, so one could probably rack up $15k and send it to another bank over the weekend without really having a cent to your name. I'm surprised they haven't been burned on that yet.
If you're paid by DFAS, it's really easy to setup/change your Direct Deposit on the myPay website. You only need the routing number and account number. I didn't want to change my entire paycheck, so I just setup an Allotment. Just select Allotments or Direct Deposit in the Pay Changes section on the main page.
I have never been able to initiate an external payment to my PenFed credit card ($15K limit) from their site since I opened it last year. When I inquired they said they would need to hard pull my credit to enable the feature. (WTF?)
cybertopia said: Anyone want a 4% return? I'm interested in some equity for my real estate investments! C'mon bro. You're going to have to do substantially better than 4% for anything outside of a REIT.
Edit: NVM, I'm out. I see that Vanguard REIT has had 11% performance since inception.
If one is put off by DD requirements, Alliant's savings account might be a good alternative. 0.995%. You can easily pair that with a free checking account and transfer instantly between the two. No max on savings either.
I had interest paid on my Access America account for the last billing period with no direct deposit. Not sure if it matters, but I did ACH money in from Capital One and Alliant during this period though.
polaris said: I had interest paid on my Access America account for the last billing period with no direct deposit. Not sure if it matters, but I did ACH money in from Capital One and Alliant during this period though. Same here. Only an ACH deposit. Only over $20K for a few days at the end of the statement period. They paid 0.40% for some reason.
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