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Rates on savings accounts are mixed compared to one week ago. You can now earn 5.84% or higher on your savings.

Shopping for an account where you can put some money aside? Here’s a look at some of the best savings rates you can find today.

Related: Compare the Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts

Traditional Saving Account Rates Today

Traditional savings accounts, called “statement savings accounts” within the banking industry, are known for paying puny interest rates. That’s now changing, thanks to the Fed’s attempt to combat inflation with repeated interest rate hikes.

Today’s highest rate on a standard savings account with a $2,500 minimum deposit requirement is 5.84%, according to data from Curinos. If you land a basic savings account with a rate in that general area, you’ve found a good deal. One week ago, the best yield also was 5.84%.

Today’s average APY for a traditional savings account is 0.23%, Curinos says. Last week, it was 0.23%. APY, or annual percentage yield, shows the actual return your account will earn in a year. It includes compound interest, which is interest that builds on the interest already in your account.

High-Yield Savings Account Rates Today

High-yield savings accounts typically pay considerably higher interest than conventional savings accounts. But the thing to know is you may have to jump through some hoops for the bank or credit union. Often, that means making a large deposit to open the account.

On high-yield accounts requiring a minimum deposit of $10,000, today’s best interest rate is 4.51%. That’s unchanged from one week ago.

The average APY for those accounts is now 0.24% APY, about the same as a week ago.

On high-yield savings accounts with a minimum opening deposit of $25,000, the highest rate offered today is 4.89%. You’ll be in good shape if you can find an account offering a rate close to 4.89%. Last week at this time, the best rate was a similar 4.89%.

The current average is 0.25% APY for a high-yield account with a $25,000 minimum deposit. That’s above last week’s 0.25%.

Money Market Account Savings Rates Today

Money market accounts (MMAs) are savings accounts that mix in some of the features of checking accounts. Often, you can write checks and have some debit card privileges.

MMAs tend to pay at least slightly higher interest than standard savings accounts. The FDIC says the average MMA rate is 0.65% compared to 0.47% for a traditional savings account.

But today, the best money market accounts have rates as high as 5.13%. That’s steady with the top rate of 5.13% from one week ago.

The average APY for an MMA is now 0.57%, up from 0.56% last week at this time, according to Curinos.

Related: Savings Rates Forecast January 24, 2024

How Often Do Savings Account Interest Rates Change?

Interest rates on savings accounts typically fluctuate in response as other rates change throughout the economy. Savings rates are primarily influenced by the Federal Reserve’s rate moves, and the central bank has recently been raising its benchmark federal funds rate in an attempt to get inflation under control.

But while financial institutions are usually quick to raise credit card rates and other borrowing costs as the Fed raises rates, they tend to stall when it comes to increasing interest rates on savings. Rates on savings accounts have been rising little by little, and that’s likely to continue throughout 2023.

Methodology

Curinos determines the average rates for savings accounts by focusing on those intended for personal use. Certain types of savings accounts—such as relationship-based accounts and accounts designed for youths, seniors and students—are not considered in the calculation.

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