(As of July 2006, EmigrantDirect is paying 5.15% APY at its savings account. Read PFBlog's review and take a try!)
(As of March 2006, EmigrantDirect is offering 4.50% APY on its savings accounts now. Read more here.)
It's now official: EmigrantDirect, the relatively new comer that stirred the online money market account arena in the last several months, raised the APY of its flagship American Dream Savings Account to 3.25%. I have most of my emergency fund parking at EmigrantDirect since early March (see PFBlog's earlier report), and needless to say, I am happy to see it demonstrated its resolve to defend its top position in today's super hot money market/saving account market.
Apparently, banks are competing for your money these days. Take a look at Bankrate.com's list of high-yield money market accounts, familiar names like ING Direct and VirtualBank, while both boasting a 2.60% yield, can barely make their way into the top 10. One can reasonaly expect with Fed continuing its rate-raising streak and long-term interest rates starting to climb, consumers can see better and better rates in the months ahead.
Of course, no one can be sure if EmigrantDirect can continue to be the top dog, so the best strategy may be to set up account with a few competitive ones and jump ship when necessary -- I myself have accounts with Emigrant, ING Direct, CapitalOne and VirtualBank, all in the top 10 list.