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Provident Bank Review: Checking, Savings, CD and IRA Accounts

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Provident Bank’s checking account options

Smart Checking

A free interest-bearing checking account.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
1.51%
$0.01
0.50%
$15,000
0.15%
$25,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $50
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None on Provident Bank ATMs; outside banks may charge a fee
  • ATM fee refund: Unlimited on domestic ATM transactions when monthly account requirements are met (see below)
  • Overdraft fee: None if resulting overdraft balance is $5 or less; otherwise, $35

This account does have the ability to earn interest, though the rate goes down drastically once you exceed a balance of $15,000. To earn the rates listed above and to have all domestic ATM fees refunded, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Make and sign for 10 point-of-sale purchases with your Provident debit Mastercard that post and clear your account
  • Receive one direct deposit or process one automatic Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit
  • Create and maintain a ProvidentConnect online banking relationship
  • Choose to receive your account statements electronically

Even if you don’t meet these requirements in a given month, you can still have the free account and will be eligible for the rate and ATM fee refunds in the next statement period.

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Cash Back Checking

Another free checking account offering cashback rewards on qualifying transactions.
  • Minimum opening deposit: $50
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None on Provident Bank ATMs; outside banks may charge a fee
  • ATM fee refund: Unlimited on domestic ATMs when qualifying requirements are met
  • Overdraft fee: None if resulting overdraft balance is $5 or less; otherwise, $35

While this account does not earn interest, it offers the chance to earn domestic ATM fee refunds and 0.25% cash back, which is credited to your account when the following qualification requirements are met:

  • Make 10 point-of-sale transactions with your Provident debit Mastercard
  • Have one direct deposit or automatic ACH debit
  • Create and maintain a ProvidentConnect online banking relationship
  • Choose to receive your account statements electronically

If you fall short of these requirements in a given month, you are still eligible to earn the cashback rewards and ATM fee refunds during the following statement period. Besides having no monthly balance requirements or service fees, this account also has no limits on the amount of cash back given each month.

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Platinum Checking

A tiered-interest checking account that has a monthly fee.
  • Minimum opening deposit: $50
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $25 if combined account balance of $10,000 is not maintained
  • ATM fee: None on Provident Bank ATMs; outside banks may charge a fee
  • ATM fee refund: All out-of-network ATM fees refunded at end of each statement cycle
  • Overdraft fee: None if resulting overdraft balance is $5 or less; otherwise, $35

To avoid its high monthly fee, account holders need to maintain a combined account balance of $10,000, which can include deposit accounts, mortgages and certain consumer loans and credit lines. Additionally, you must keep a minimum of $50 in this account to earn interest.

You’ll have to contact the bank, though, to find out the rates it offers. This account also allows you to earn a 0.25% APY bonus on CDs. Other perks include unlimited ATM refunds, free direct deposit, free basic checks, online banking and bill pay, and unlimited check-writing.

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Basic Checking

Provident Bank’s no-frills checking account.
  • Minimum opening deposit: $50
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $2 if you choose to receive paper statements
  • ATM fee: None on Provident Bank ATMs; outside banks may charge a fee
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: None if resulting overdraft balance is $5 or less; otherwise, $35

This free checking account does not earn interest. But it does offer your first six checks free each month (additional checks will incur a 50-cent fee), free direct deposit, a debit Mastercard, online and mobile banking and bill pay, e-statements, unlimited ATM transactions and no minimum balance requirements. It also offers you the chance to link another account to help avoid overdraft fees.

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NJ Consumer Checking

A first checking account option for New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents.
  • Minimum opening deposit: $50
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $3
  • ATM fee: None on Provident Bank ATMs; outside banks may charge a fee
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: None if resulting overdraft balance is $5 or less; otherwise, $35

This account is an option for New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents opening their first checking account. While it does not earn interest, it does give you eight free checks each month before charging 50 cents per additional check, as well as free direct deposit, a debit Mastercard and e-statements.

This account does not have any minimum balance requirements, and it does offer you the chance to add funding from a linked account to avoid overdraft fees.

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Green Checking

Provident Bank’s free online checking account with no fees or balance requirements.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
1.00%
$50
0.15%
$1,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $50
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None on Provident Bank ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: Up to $10 per statement period
  • Overdraft fee: None if resulting overdraft balance is $5 or less; otherwise, $35

This account allows you to earn a small APY on your first $1,000, then a smaller APY on anything over $1000. Besides having no monthly fees or service charges, it allows you to earn some ATM refunds each month. It comes with free online and mobile banking and bill pay services, a debit Mastercard and e-statements.

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How to get Provident Bank’s checking accounts

If you’re a resident of New Jersey or Pennsylvania, you can open Provident Bank’s Green Checking, Cash Back Checking and Smart Checking Accounts online.All other checking accounts must be opened at a branch. To open an account, you’ll need your Social Security number, a form of ID such as your driver’s license, a previous home address if you’ve been at your current address for less than two years and a debit or credit card or U.S. checking or savings account to fund your new Provident Bank account.

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How Provident Bank’s checking accounts compare

According to our review of the best available online checking accounts, the best products out there will offer the ability to earn interest, have no monthly or ATM fees, provide the chance to earn ATM fee refunds and have a strong mobile and online user interface.

There’s good news here: The accounts listed here that do earn interest offer competitive rates on certain balance amounts, and the ones that offer less or none at all still win on the no-fees and balance requirements front.

Still, we encourage you to do your research. If you manage to find something with even better rates and all the aforementioned check boxes, it’s likely in your best interest to go with that.

Provident Bank’s savings account options

Power Savings

A free online savings account with no fees.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.05%
$50
0.75%
$10,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $50
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $50
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None on Provident Bank ATMs; other banks may charge a fee
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: None if resulting balance is less than $5; otherwise, $35

This account allows members to earn the listed rates when they meet their corresponding balance requirements, as well as create and establish a ProvidentConnect online banking relationship and choose to receive their statements electronically.

This free account comes with no monthly fees. It offers online and mobile banking and bill pay, a free debit card and no funding fees on transfers to other Provident Bank deposit accounts. As with all savings accounts, this one is subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain withdrawals and transfers to six per month.

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Statement Savings

A no-frills account with minimal requirements.
  • Minimum opening deposit: $50
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $50
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $3 if minimum balance of $250 is not maintained
  • ATM fee: None on Provident Bank ATMs; other banks may charge a fee
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: None if resulting balance is less than $5; otherwise, $35

This no-frills savings account offers the ability to earn interest on a balance of just $50, though you’ll have to contact the bank to find out the rate.

It charges a modest monthly fee if a balance of $250 is not maintained. It comes with a Provident Bank ATM card, free direct deposit and a detailed monthly statement. Since it is a savings account, this one is subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain withdrawals and transactions to six per month.

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Passbooks Savings

A simple and reliable savings account option.
  • Minimum opening deposit: $50
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $50
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $3 if minimum balance of $250 isn’t maintained
  • ATM fee: None on Provident Bank ATMs; other banks may charge a fee
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: None if resulting balance is less than $5; otherwise, $35

Advertised as “probably the most popular savings account in the history of New Jersey” for its simplicity and reliability, this account comes with a passbook for withdrawals and deposits and offers free direct deposit.

Its balance requirements to earn interest and avoid its modest monthly fee are also very minimal. While this account earns interest, you’ll have to contact the bank to find out the rate. As a savings account, this one is subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain transfers and withdrawals to six per month.

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Young Saver

An account meant to teach kids and teens how to save.
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $0.01
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None on Provident Bank ATMs; other banks may charge a fee
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: None if resulting balance is less than $5; otherwise, $35

This account is a great option for parents wanting to teach their children financial responsibility, as well as for teens younger than 18 looking to stash their funds from a part-time job.

As a bonus, it does earn interest, though you’ll need to contact the bank to learn the rate. It also comes with your choice of a Passbook or Statement savings account, as well as no monthly fees or balance requirements. This account is also subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain withdrawals to six per month.

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Holiday Club

This account allows holders to focus on saving for the holidays or a vacation.
  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: N/A
  • ATM fee refund: N/A
  • Overdraft fee: N/A

This account is for the holidays in name only, as it can also be used for vacation or special occasion savings. It offers the same interest rate as the Statement Savings account, though you’ll need to contact the bank to find out the rate.

With this account, you can enable an automatic deduction from a Provident Bank Statement Savings account or the personal checking accounts, with the flexibility of making your transfers (which can be in any amount) on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. This account is also subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain withdrawals to six per month.

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Platinum Money Manager

Provident Bank’s high-interest savings account.
  • Minimum opening deposit: $50
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $5,000 on combined balances
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None on Provident Bank ATMs; outside fees may apply
  • ATM fee refund: All out-of-network ATM fees refunded at end of each statement cycle
  • Overdraft fee: None if resulting balance is less than $5; otherwise, $35

This account requires you to open a Platinum Checking account and maintain a combined minimum balance of $5,000 to earn interest on this account. But you’ll need to contact the bank to find out the rate.

This account also provides a free monthly combined statement, free direct deposit and online banking. As with all savings accounts, this one is subject to Federal Reserve Regulation D, which limits certain withdrawals to six per month.

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How to get Provident Bank’s savings accounts

If you’re a resident of New Jersey or Pennsylvania, you can open Provident Bank’s Power Savings account online. Otherwise, all other savings accounts must be opened at a branch. To open an account, you’ll need your Social Security number, a form of ID such as your driver’s license, a previous home address if you’ve been at your current address for less than two years and a debit or credit card or U.S. checking or savings account to fund your new Provident Bank account.

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How Provident Bank’s savings accounts compare

While most of the fees and deposit and balance requirements are minimal, the rates provided on some of these accounts — the ones in which rates are available online — just don’t stack up to those on our list of the best online savings accounts.

You’re most likely better off choosing one of those accounts instead. If you are still interested in opening one of Provident Bank’s savings accounts, you’ll want to contact the bank to find out the rates so you can comparison shop.

Provident Bank’s CD rates

Certificates of Deposit

Standard CDs with a $500 minimum deposit.
  • Minimum opening deposit: $500
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: $500
  • Early withdrawal penalty: 90 days’ interest on terms of nine months or less; 180 days’ interest on 12- and 18-month terms; 365 days’ interest on terms of 24 to 60 months

Provident Bank offers CDs in the following terms: 91 days and six, nine, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36 or 60 months. The terms, deposit requirements and early withdrawal penalties are fairly standard. But you’ll need to contact the bank to find out the rates.

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How to get Provident Bank’s CDs

All of the bank’s CDs must be opened at a branch. To open an account, you’ll need your Social Security number, a form of ID such as your driver’s license and a previous home address if you’ve been at your current address for less than two years. You’ll also need a debit or credit card or U.S. checking or savings account to fund your new Provident Bank account.

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How Provident Bank’s CD rates compare

As mentioned above, the basic details of these CDs are comparable to what’s out there. But you’ll want to contact the bank to find out the rates to determine if they stack up against those on our list of the best CD rates — or if you might be better off shopping around.

Provident Bank’s IRA options

IRA CD rates

IRA CDs and savings account offerings may vary by region. For that reason, you will need to contact the bank for details such as term lengths, rates and early withdrawal penalties. Once you have that information, you can compare them to those on our list of the best IRA CD rates.

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How to get Provident Bank’s IRA CDs

All of Provident Bank’s IRA CDs must be opened at a branch. To open an account, you’ll need your Social Security number, a form of ID such as your driver’s license, a previous home address if you’ve been at your current address for less than two years and a debit or credit card or U.S. checking or savings account to fund your new Provident Bank account.

Overall review of Provident Bank’s banking products

Of the accounts Provident Bank offers that do have posted rates, it’s several of its checking accounts that can compete with those on our best-of list.

The rest fall short. If you’re interested in one of its other products without posted rates, you’ll want to reach out to the bank to find out what they are. Then you can see if they could be the best accounts for you — or if it’s in your best interest to keep looking.

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Review of Edward Jones CD Rates

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What are brokered CDs?

Edward Jones offers brokered CDs, which are a bit different from the standard bank-issued CDs that most investors are familiar with. Bank-issued CDs, as the name implies, are issued by individual banks for their customers. Since Edward Jones is a broker and not a bank, it cannot issue its own CDs. Instead, the firm offers a range of CDs issued by other banks and thrifts but sold via Edward Jones.

For the casual investor, it can be hard at first glance to tell the difference between bank-issued and brokered CDs. However, there are some important distinctions:

  • No early withdrawal penalties: Brokered CDs don’t have early withdrawal penalties. If you need to get out of your CD, you can usually sell it back to another investor through a brokerage firm. This means that brokered CDs carry some additional risk, as the price of these CDs may fluctuate on the open market.
  • Higher APYs: You can often get higher yields on a brokered CD than with a bank-issued CD. Brokers are able to negotiate higher CD rates since they can guarantee a large pool of buyers to CD issuers. In the era of online banking, however, even brokered CDs do not always garner the absolute highest rates.
  • Longer-term options: Brokered CDs often have longer-term options than are available with traditional bank-issued CDs, which are generally short-term investments only.

CD rates from Edward Jones

Edward Jones offers a fairly comprehensive range of CD maturities, ranging from three months to 10 years, although the firm doesn’t offer 6-year CDs, 8-year CDs or 9-year CDs. Rates and availability change frequently, oftentimes daily. The longer-duration CDs offered by the firm aren’t traditionally available at banks.
Edward Jones CD Rates
TermMinimum deposit to earn APYAPY
3 months$1,0001.95%
6 months$1,0002.00%
9 months$1,0002.00%
1 year$1,0001.95%
18 months$1,0001.90%
2 years$1,0002.05%
3 years$1,0002.15%
5 years$1,0002.20%
7 years$1,0002.45%
10 years$1,0002.60%

For all maturities, Edward Jones requires a $1,000 opening deposit, which is the same minimum required to earn the stated APY. As these are brokered CDs, there is no early withdrawal penalty. However, investors are subject to current market prices if they need to get out of a CD prematurely. If interest rates have risen since the date of purchase, you’re likely to get less money back than you originally invested in the CD.

One important difference between Edward Jones CDs and standard bank-issued CDs is that interest does not compound with Edward Jones CDs. All interest is paid directly into a money market or insured bank deposit at Edward Jones, unless you request it to be distributed. Either way, you can’t reinvest your distributions into your existing CD.

Unlike some banks, Edward Jones doesn’t offer any type of hybrid or alternative CD, such as a step-up CD or an adjustable-rate CD. There are also no bonus APR CDs available at the current time, just standard rates. Edward Jones also does not offer special rates for jumbo CDs, which traditionally require a $100,000 deposit. However, you can use the firm’s wide range of CD maturities for certain CD strategies, such as building a CD ladder. You can also buy their brokered CDs in an IRA.

Unlike bank-issued CDs, the brokered CDs offered by Edwards Jones do not automatically roll over into new CDs. At maturity, the banks that issued the CDs pay the proceeds to Edward Jones, which then forwards the money to your account. At that point, you can either select a new brokered CD to purchase, or keep the funds in your Edward Jones money market or insured bank deposit account.

How to get CDs from Edward Jones

You’ll need to open a brokerage account at Edward Jones to buy any CDs. The account minimum to open is $0, but as Edward Jones is a full-service brokerage, you’ll need to go into a branch and visit a financial advisor to open an account. There is no facility to open an account online.

You can open your Edward Jones account as rapidly as you can fill out the paperwork and fund the account. As soon as your deposit clears, you are free to buy a CD through your Edward Jones broker. If you change your mind, you can generally withdraw your funds within 4-6 business days after deposit, although this hold period may extend to 11 business days for new clients. Once you buy a CD, you can sell it at any time on the open market. As noted above, the amount you receive may be less than the amount you originally paid.

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How do CD rates from Edward Jones compare?

Edward Jones CD rates are well above the national average, but they still fall considerably short when compared with the best available rates nationwide.

Unlike with many firms, Edward Jones doesn’t currently have any special-rate CDs, where certain maturities pay dramatically higher rates. Instead, rates at Edward Jones land along a traditional curve, gradually increasing in yield as maturities lengthen.

For example, as of July 3, 2019, the Edward Jones 2-year CD rate of 2.05% is far below the best available 2-year CD rates. Three-year CD rates top out nationally at 3.00%, but Edward Jones pays 2.15%. The pattern continues throughout the maturity curve, with the top 5-year CD rates nationally hitting 3.00% or more, while the 5-year at Edward Jones pays 2.20%.

As such, all rates at Edward Jones fall in the general area of being well-above national averages but still notably short of the best available rates.

Overall review of CDs from Edward Jones

You won’t be wasting your time investing in CDs from Edward Jones, as you’ll be earning rates far above the national averages. You’ll also benefit from the ability to construct a CD or overall investment strategy with the assistance of a full-service advisor. However, if you’re looking for the absolute best CD rates for your money, there are plenty of online banks that can pay you a higher rate.

CD investors who like a wide range of products may be disappointed at Edward Jones, as popular options such as step-up or no-penalty CDs are not currently available. However, Edward Jones CDs do benefit from offering brokered CDs. This provides a range of flexibility that standard bank-issued CDs cannot offer, as you can liquidate your CD position at any time without paying an early withdrawal penalty.

The bottom line is that yield-hungry investors that enjoy managing their own portfolios may be better suited at any number of online competitors. Those looking to incorporate decent-yielding CDs into their overall investment portfolio with the help of a full-service broker might prefer working with Edward Jones.

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Wealthfront Cash Account Review

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Fintech startups are challenging incumbents in every corner of the financial services industry. Robo-advisor Wealthfront is part of this trend, one of many new investing apps that also offer cash management accounts with high APYs and a mix of features offered by traditional bank accounts.

Cash management accounts combine features like easy access to your money and a decent interest rate, typically found separately in checking accounts and savings accounts, respectively.  Wealthfront admits that its Cash Account won’t replace your checking account, instead touting it as a place to stash your emergency savings or achieve other savings goals and enjoy a high 2.57% APY, all with the FDIC protections of a traditional bank account.

Wealthfront Cash Account Pros

Wealthfront Cash Account Cons

  • Offers a high APY compared to other online savings accounts
  • Charges zero fees, $1 minimum balance requirement
  • Deposits are covered by FDIC insurance up to $1 million
  • Ability transfer funds from Cash Account into Wealthfront's taxable investment account.
  • Takes 1-3 business days to access your funds
  • You cannot make payments from the account

Let’s take a closer look at how Wealthfront’s Cash Account compares to both traditional bank savings accounts, and similar cash management offerings from other fintech startups, so you can determine whether it’s right for your savings.

Wealthfront Cash Account vs. online savings accounts

Wealthfront markets its Cash Account as a place to deposit savings you plan on spending in the next five years, or as a good place for an emergency fund. For longer-term returns on your money, Wealthfront advocates investing in the stock market using its core robo-advisor functionality. As an additional incentive to do so, Wealthfront allows you to transfer money from your Cash Account into one of the company’s taxable investment accounts. However, there is nothing in Wealthfront‘s terms of service that would discourage you from treating this account like any other online savings account.

Here’s how Wealthfront’s Cash Account stacks up against the highest-earning online savings accounts from our best online savings accounts review:

Financial InstitutionAPYMinimum balance
Wealthfront

2.57%

$1 minimum, no monthly fee
Vio Bank

2.52%

$100 minimum, no monthly fee
Customers Bank

2.50%

$25,000 minimum, no monthly fee
Barclays

2.10%

None
Marcus by Goldman Sachs

2.15%

$1 minimum, no monthly fee
Ally

2.10%

None

Judged by APY alone, Wealthfront‘s Cash Account emerges as one of the strongest contenders out there, surpassed only by Vio Bank’s online savings account. Like many online savings accounts, there’s a limit to the liquidity of the money placed in Wealthfront‘s Cash Account.

However, there is no option to withdraw funds or make payments from the account via check or ATM card. Your only way to get money into and out of the account is via ACH transfers to and from a separate checking account that’s held in your name. Transfers take one to three business days, and Wealthfront permits an unlimited number of transfers into and out of your Cash Account (with a daily limit of $250,000).

Wealthfront is not a bank, so it has deals with a network of regional banks that are FDIC insured. After you deposit your money in a Cash Account, your funds are swept into multiple accounts with Wealthfront’s bank partners, giving you FDIC insurance coverage up to $1 million (or $2 million if you have a joint Cash Account). This a big advantage that makes the Cash Account an attractive choice for anyone who wants FDIC coverage beyond the $250,000 limit available with a single online savings account.

Wealthfront Cash Account vs. robo-advisor cash management accounts

Many other robo-advisor firms offer cash management accounts. These accounts take varying forms: Some resemble a personal savings account, others have both savings and checking account features, while some are a type of investment account. Below we compare the Wealthfront Cash Account with cash management offerings from robo-advisors Betterment and SoFi.

Account nameFunctionFeesYield
Wealthfront Cash Account

FDIC-insured savings account

None

2.57% APY

Betterment Smart Saver

Low-risk bond investments

0.25% annual fee

2.14% APY

SoFi Money

FDIC-insured checking/savings hybrid account

None

An average of 2.25% APY

Wealthfront Cash Account vs. Betterment Smart Saver

Betterment‘s Smart Saver account is a low-risk investment account, not a deposit account, so it plays by a different set of rules than Wealthfront‘s Cash Account. For one, as an investment it does not have FDIC coverage. Betterment‘s website claims you could earn returns of 2.14% (which factors in the standard 0.25% Betterment charges for its services) — notice the word “could.” Money placed in the Smart Saver account is invested in a mix of treasuries and corporate bonds—fairly safe investment vehicles—but it still can’t guarantee the 2.14% return in the same way a deposit account can guarantee an APY.

The Smart Saver account does have some bells and whistles that may make it an appealing choice for your savings. These include:

  • Smart Sweep: This feature aims to maximize your investing returns by only maintaining as much cash in your linked checking account as you need for day-to-day spending. It works like this: After giving  access to your checking account, the app analyses how you spend money. Then it sweeps money above and beyond what you need to pay 35 days of expenses — up to $5,000 per sweep — into the Smart Saver investment account. Likewise, if the app thinks you’ll need more money to cover your expenses, it will sweep money from the Smart Saver investment account into your checking account. You can read more details here.
  • Tax relief: While you can’t avoid paying taxes entirely, the fact that 80% of the money placed in the Smart Saver investment account will be invested in U.S. Treasury bonds means that some of the earnings from the Smart Saver account won’t be subject to state and local taxes. You can read more details here.

Like Wealthfront’s account, there is an inconvenient waiting period to withdraw money from the account — four to five business days, which is longer than Wealthfront‘s one to three business days. This longer period accounts for the fact that your money is invested in bonds, making it less liquid than funds placed with Wealthfront in FDIC-insured deposit accounts.

Wealthfront Cash Account vs. SoFi Money

SoFi Money is a checking and savings hybrid account, meaning you earn both a high yield — 2.25% APY vs. Wealthfront‘s 2.57% APY — and enjoy instant access to your money with a debit card and paper checks.

Similarly to Wealthfront, SoFi Money spreads any funds you deposit across multiple FDIC-insured bank accounts — six in this case — providing up to $1.5 million in FDIC insurance vs. Wealthfront‘s $1 million.

SoFi Money may lag behind Wealthfront in terms of APY, but it makes up for this by providing the utility of both a savings and checking account. You can use your debit card to make purchases and withdraw money from ATMs (there is a daily limit of $610) just like you would with any other checking account. You can read more details on SoFi Money in our review.

Who should get a Wealthfront Cash Account?

If you’re looking for an FDIC insured account that provides one of the highest APY’s available, than the Wealthfront Cash Account may be right for you. However, you won’t have easy access to your funds like you would with a hybrid checking/savings account, such as SoFi Money. However the simplicity of the account, and the promise of additional features in the future such as a debit card and ATM withdrawals, could make it a compelling option for your savings.

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