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Ally Bank Increases Interest Rate to 1.64% APY

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While most banks are still lowering their interest rates, Ally Bank increased its rate today, November 13, 2009, to 1.64% APY. Although the rate is up, it is only 0.09 percentage points higher than the rate of 1.55% last month, the lowest rate from Ally Bank or GMAC Bank since I started watching interest rates at the beginning of this decade.

It seems like savers are being punished with these low rates, but I don’t see it that way. Inflation is still low, for now, so savers aren’t quite losing ground. But savings accounts aren’t meant to be appreciating investments, anyway. The low rate is the price we pay for safety and quick access to the money.

To compare Ally’s rates with other banks, and to see how the rates have changed over the past two years, check out this list of historical savings interest rates.

Updated October 9, 2016 and originally published November 13, 2009.

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