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