I wouldn’t suggest becoming a member of Costco just for this particular benefit, but if you are already a member and looking for a place to stash your cash, you can consider Capital One. Capital One’s direct banking department is offering a 3.2% APY compared to 3.0% APY for non-members on the bank’s money market account.
Membership costs $50, so unless you intend on earning more than that on the 20 basis point advantage, signing up for Costco membership to earn this higher rate doesn’t make sense. Even if you are already a member, there are a number of banks offering higher interest rates.
If you are an “Executive Member” of Costco, a benefit that costs $100 each year, you would qualify for this rate plus a $50 bonus if you deposit more than $5,000 into the Capital One money market account.
Updated September 17, 2011 and originally published May 19, 2008. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.