A few months ago, money expert Clark Howard and the entire team at Clark.com encouraged you to switch to a better bank — with higher returns, lower fees and better customer service.
If you haven’t gotten around to it yet, we’ve come up with an eye-opening chart that may give you some motivation.
Savings rates: The difference between online and traditional banks
Here’s the bottom line: Online banks typically offer much higher interest rates on their savings accounts compared to the “big banks,” so why would you leave that money on the table?
Here’s a roundup of some of the savings rates, as of January 2018:
- Bank of America: 0.03%
- Chase: 0.01%
- Wells Fargo: 0.01%
- Citi: 0.04%
- American Express: 1.45%
- Discover Bank: 1.40%
- Ally Bank: 1.40%
- Capital One 360: 1.00%
Let’s say you open up a savings account at one of the big banks and deposit $5,000, then fund an online savings account with $5,000 as well.
At today’s interest rates, here’s how much money you’d have after 10 years with no other contributions:
You could earn $5 or $774 on your initial $5,000 deposit. The choice is yours! Follow Team Clark’s step-by-step guide to choose and switch to a better bank for you.