How No-Fee Savings Accounts Compare
Savings accounts have long been the cornerstone of individual money management. They have been a quintessential tool for stowing away money securely while also earning a modest amount of interest.
Traditional savings accounts, however, often come with a host of fees — monthly maintenance fees, minimum balance fees, and sometimes even transaction fees — that can take a significant bite out of your hard-earned savings.
No-fee savings accounts are a highly customer-friendly alternative to their traditional counterparts. In a world where every penny counts, the appeal of a no-fee savings account is hard to overlook. Imagine a financial product that allows you to keep all of your interest earnings without having to worry about hidden charges whittling away at your balance.
Let’s take a look at no-fee savings accounts to understand their features, advantages, and how they stand out from traditional savings options.
What are no-fee savings accounts: Specialized accounts with zero monthly, balance, or transaction fees, maximizing your savings.
Advantages: No fees and often no minimum balance requirements, making these accounts accessible and flexible.
Comparison to traditional accounts: Unlike traditional accounts with fees and balance requirements, no-fee accounts offer a cost-free experience.
How to choose: Focus on interest rates, customer service, and ease of fund transfers to pick the best no-fee account for your needs.
What is a no-fee savings account?
A no-fee savings account offers the convenience and accessibility of a standard savings account, but with an added benefit — no hidden fees to eat into your hard-earned interest. The beauty of this account lies in its simplicity: you earn interest on your money, and you keep all of it without any charges diminishing your savings over time.
Like traditional savings accounts, no-fee savings accounts may be subject to monthly withdrawal limits (those opened through Raisin have no withdrawal limits).
Savings accounts are a secure, low-risk option banking option backed up by federal insurance — either through the FDIC for banks or the NCUA for credit unions. This insurance cover extends up to $250,000 per depositor, per institution.
How do no-fee savings accounts work?
Much like any other savings account, the interest you earn on a no-fee savings account is calculated based on the annual percentage yield (APY). The interest compounds over time, which means you earn interest on both your initial deposit and any interest already earned, resulting in exponential growth. While the interest rate might be subject to fluctuations due to market conditions or Federal Reserve benchmarks and the specific deposit needs of the institution, the absence of fees ensures that your net earnings remain untouched.
How do no-fee savings accounts differ from traditional savings accounts?
The primary distinguishing feature between a no-fee savings account and a traditional savings account is the fee structure. There are other subtle but important differences between the two types of accounts as well that prospective account holders should consider.
Here are some of the key distinctions:
One of the most noticeable differences between a traditional and a no-fee savings account is the fees.
No-Fee Savings Accounts: These accounts either have no monthly maintenance fees or offer ways to waive those fees.
Traditional Savings Accounts: These accounts typically come with monthly maintenance fees, which can often be waived if you meet specific conditions like maintaining a minimum balance or setting up direct deposits. Traditional savings accounts may also impose other kinds of fees such as wire transfer fees, early account closure fees, and paper statement fees.
Interest rates can significantly affect how much you'll earn over time.
No-Fee Savings Accounts: These accounts often come from online banks that have fewer overhead costs, allowing them to offer competitive APYs.
Traditional Savings Accounts: The APYs for these accounts are generally lower compared to online banks due to the higher overhead costs of maintaining physical branches.
Your ability to access your funds can vary between the two types of savings accounts.
No-Fee Savings Accounts: These accounts are usually accessible online and offer a limited range of deposit options, sometimes excluding cash deposits.
Traditional Savings Accounts: These accounts are often available both online and through physical branches, offering a wider range of deposit options including cash deposits.
Both types of accounts are subject to withdrawal limitations, but the flexibility may differ.
No-Fee Savings Accounts: They can be subject to monthly withdrawal limits, however accounts opened through Raisin have no withdrawal limits.
Traditional Savings Accounts: They can also be subject to monthly withdrawal limits.
Minimum balance requirements can affect how much you need to keep in your account.
No-Fee Savings Accounts: Often have low or no minimum balance requirements. Accounts opened through Raisin have no monthly minimum balance requirements.
Traditional Savings Accounts: May require a minimum balance to avoid monthly fees.
How to pick the right no-fee savings account
Choosing the right no-fee savings account involves more than just looking for an absence of fees. You should also consider the interest rates, the type of financial institution offering the account, and any additional fees that might apply.
Here's a brief rundown of the essential factors to keep in mind:
Interest Rates: Don't let the allure of zero fees make you overlook the applicable APY. A higher APY can result in significant interest earnings over time.
Type of Financial Institution: No-fee savings accounts are often offered by online banks, which can afford to provide higher interest rates due to lower operating costs. Make sure your chosen bank or credit union is federally insured.
Additional Fees: Even no-fee accounts might have hidden charges like wire transfer fees or excessive transaction fees. Always read the fine print to ensure you're not caught off guard.
Liquidity and Access: Consider how easy it is to access your funds. Check if there are penalties for early withdrawal, or if there is a limit on the number of free withdrawals per month.
Raisin’s platform allows you to find and fund some of the most competitive high-yield savings accounts — all with no fees attached. All our offerings come from federally insured banks and credit unions, meaning deposits are covered up the per-institution limits. Utilizing this platform can serve as a reliable starting point in your journey to find the best no-fee savings account.
Simplify your savings journey with Raisin
Picking the right no-fee savings account can be confusing at times, especially when financial institutions make you jump through hoops to ensure your account isn’t dinged every month.
At Raisin, we simplify this complex decision-making process for you. There are no monthly account minimums, no hidden fees, and $1 minimum deposits for all of the high-yield savings products offered through our platform. Plus, every bank and credit union we partner with is federally insured, offering you peace of mind along with compelling savings options.
Why juggle multiple accounts and financial institutions when you can manage them all under one roof? With Raisin, you get the convenience of a single login, allowing you to efficiently oversee your various accounts.
Discover the wide array of no-fee savings accounts and elevate your financial game with Raisin today!
What to Look for in a No-Fee Savings Account
How to Choose a No-Fee Savings Account
All it takes is an online search to be flooded with hundreds of no-fee savings account options from multiple banks, credit unions, and digital-first financial institutions. Picking the best no-fee savings account, however, will take deeper research than just a cursory glance at no-fee savings account rates.
Here are four important factors to consider besides high-yield savings account rates before you put your money in a no-fee savings account.
Pick a bank, credit union, or digital-first bank that offers complete transparency over the terms and conditions surrounding its no-fee savings accounts. Doing sufficient research can prove key to maximizing your returns and having a satisfactory banking experience overall.
A partner that enables you to make the most of no-fee savings accounts
Picking the right no-fee savings account can be confusing at times and downright challenging at others.
The sheer variety of available options, the wildly attractive interest rates, and the dizzying maze of terms and conditions can be tough to navigate. You need a reliable partner to help you sort through the confusion.
At Raisin, we understand how some financial decision-making can be tough for even the most experienced of customers. That is why we have a high entry bar for all of the partner banks and credit unions available through our platform.
All our partner banks and credit unions are federally insured in addition to having long-established market reputations and credibility in serving their customers. The safety and security of your funds are top priorities for us, as is helping you manage your finances as easily as possible. Where else can you handle multiple accounts with different financial institutions from the ease of a single login?
Find out more about the competitive savings products and lending options on Raisin today!
What Is Raisin?
Raisin brings together high-yielding savings products offered by a network of U.S. financial institutions. It’s your destination to discover competitive savings products and start saving wisely. Select and fund multiple savings products from different institutions and manage them all from one account.
Funds deposited into any of the savings products available through on Raisin are always held by a federally insured financial institution. A very easy and safe way to diversify your deposit portfolio. We use a host of cybersecurity measures to protect your funds and sensitive information.
Savings products from our network of financial institutions offer flexible terms and some of the most competitive interest rates. You can easily find the right product or mix of products for you.
One account to hold all your deposit products. Simplified statements. Easy access to manage your funds – all through a streamlined digital platform.
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How Raisin Compares
Raisin is a digital platform that gives savers unparalleled access to a variety of deposit products through the convenience of a single account, helping you unlock the growth potential of your cash savings.
Raisin customers use the platform to fund federally insured deposit products offered by numerous U.S. banks and credit unions with a wide range of maturities and APYs (annual percentage yield), allowing you to build a savings strategy to suit your earning and liquidity needs.
Raisin is not a bank. It provides the digital “storefront” where banks and credit unions can promote their deposit products.
Raisin is operated by Raisin LLC, a 100% subsidiary of Raisin GmbH, a trailblazer for open banking in the deposits and investments space. In the U.S., Raisin helps banks and credit unions improve their deposit funding by offering national reach for their retail deposit products, and provides savers with better access, more choice and higher convenience when evaluating savings products from FDIC insured banks and NCUA insured credit unions.
Your Raisin account gives you access to savings accounts and certificates of deposit offered by a variety of banks and credit unions with the security of federal deposit insurance. These products include:
High-yield Savings Account (HYSA). As its name indicates, this account type functions like a traditional savings account — with typically no restrictions on depositing and withdrawing funds — but earns interest (or dividends in the case of credit union savings products) at rates that are higher than the national average for standard savings accounts.
Money Market Deposit Account (MMDA). Also known as a money market account or MMA, this type of savings account offers a varying rate that allows you to earn interest (or dividends) on your funds with maximum flexibility for withdrawals. Like a HYSA, an MMDA offers features of a traditional savings account with typically higher returns.
No Penalty CD. Through the flexibility of a No Penalty CD, you can lock in a competitive rate for a fixed term with the option to make a full withdrawal without having to pay a penalty for the early termination. Terms and conditions may vary by product. Please see specific product terms for more details.
Fixed Term CD. With this longstanding savings vehicle, funds are held for a fixed term, and a competitive APY (annual percentage yield) provides safe, predictable earnings. In contrast to No Penalty CDs, typically you are charged a fee if you do not complete the full term of the Fixed Term CD.
Interest (or dividend in the case of credit union savings products) is compounded daily and posted to your account monthly.
The short answer is yes! Raisin exclusively partners with FDIC-insured banks and NCUA-insured credit unions.
For Raisin customers who hold savings products offered by one of our partner banks, funds are insured by the FDIC up to the maximum amount in accordance with and as permitted by law at each bank holding their funds. The standard deposit insurance coverage limit is $250,000 per depositor, per FDIC-insured bank, per account ownership category. Ownership categories as defined by the FDIC include single bank accounts (owned by one person/depositor) and joint bank accounts (owned by two or more persons/depositors). Revocable trust accounts and some types of retirement accounts (e.g., IRAs) are among the other ownership categories covered by FDIC insurance. All deposits you have at a bank — whether made through Raisin or otherwise — count toward the deposit insurance limit. If funds held at a bank in a certain ownership category exceed the coverage limit, then the amount in excess of the limit will not be insured.
For Raisin customers who hold a savings product offered by one of our partner credit unions, funds are insured by the NCUA through its Share Insurance Fund. According to the NCUA, each credit union member has at least $250,000 in total coverage. The Share Insurance Fund insures individual accounts up to $250,000. Additionally, a member’s interest in all joint accounts combined is insured up to $250,000.
At Raisin, cybersecurity is our priority. Raisin is a SOC 2 certified platform, meaning it has been validated by outside auditors across five (5) key information security principles. We also use a variety of measures to protect our customers' data, privacy and transactions, including:
• User authentication. The Raisin platform uses multi-factor authentication combined with leading authentication technology to validate our customers’ identities.
• Data encryption. Your personal information is encrypted in-transit and at rest using advanced cryptographic security algorithms.
• Site protection. Web application firewall advanced internet protection technologies are implemented to protect Raisin.com from malicious actors, botnets and denial of service attacks (DDOS).
• Monitoring. An always-on information security monitoring platform detects and alerts us to information security events.
• Assessments. Our platform undergoes vigorous security assessments and testing throughout the lifecycle of application development, from architecture planning to production phases.
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A. Check out our savings marketplace and choose a product in which you would like to deposit money.
B. Create your username and password.
C. Complete an application and, after successful identity verification, link a bank account from which to fund your first savings product.
D. Start earning interest as soon as your money is received by the bank or credit union offering the savings product you selected.
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All deposits and withdrawals are completed within one to three (1-3) business days. After the initial deposit a withdrawals limitation for the first few business days may exist.
Business days are Monday through Friday excluding U.S. bank holidays.
For products offered by banks, all necessary registration is handled when you become a Raisin customer. One of the many benefits of our platform is that you can open a single account and earn competitive interest rates from banks in the Raisin network. When you select and fund a savings product offered by a credit union, there is an additional step of becoming a member. Raisin makes that process quick, easy and free. You still have one Raisin login and can view all your savings products in one convenient dashboard.
The current APY for your savings products can always be viewed on the Account Overview page when you are logged in to Raisin. This information also appears on monthly statements.
You cannot currently link your Raisin account to a third-party app, but we may offer this feature in the future. For now, you will not be able to link your selected savings product to a third-party app even if the bank or credit union offering that product does so outside of the Raisin platform.