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E*TRADE Increases Savings Account Interest Rate, Bucking Trend

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On Thursday, E*Trade Bank will increase the interest it pays on the Complete Savings Account from 3.01% to 3.15% APY. It’s a small move but it could be a good sign for savers if other banks follow suit.

My company stock purchase plan account is held at E*TRADE and I plan on opening a savings account there the next time I sell my shares later this year.

Updated September 2, 2011 and originally published May 6, 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.

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avatar Brian

My etrade “complete savings account” earned less total interest in April than in May even though the balance was $1200 higher :(
Hopefully interest rates continue to rebound. It’s much easier to feel good saving when a big chunk of interest is earned every month :).

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avatar James

Hey Flexo,

Thanks for the update. Increasing the rate costs etrade money, so I am wondering why they did it in light of the Feds recent interest rate cuts. I almost think that given how small the rate increase is, they must be doing it for marketing purposes – e.g. they may want to say that that they offer the highest interest rates, etc. etc.

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avatar Tarik


I got an e-mail from Etrade, too. It’s sure beating the hell out of my Emigrant Direct account.

Considering that Etrade nearly went bust a couple months back, this is probably a desperate attempt to boost net deposits.

Anyway, I likey!

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avatar SomeGuy

Since they can change the rates at their whim it could also be a land grab ploy. Buck the trend for a month or two and steal a bunch of customers then drop rates back into the mix with everyone else.

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avatar SavingDiva

I might have to move my down payment account to ETrade…

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avatar Kenny G

It has come to my attention that Etrade has revamped its Online Trading system. New graphs, more snazzy and informative. Its a refreshing new look of your fav stocks, ETFs, mutual funds etc.

Perhaps the reason why they pushed their savings rate was simply to get new customers to their trading/brokerage accounts.

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