Can Apple's 4.5% APY Beat Your Bank?
By April Fowell
A lot of consumers went to savings accounts last spring to assist offset growing borrowing expenses in the face of high (and rising) interest rates.
You were probably going to make far more money if you opened a high-yield savings account or certificate of deposit (CD) than if you had just kept your money in a conventional savings account, which still has an annual percentage rate (APY) of less than 0.50%.
The electronics company Apple and its high-yield savings account for eligible Apple Care members attracted a lot of depositors during this period.
The account had no fees, no minimum balance restrictions, and an annual percentage rate of 4.15%. Furthermore, the APY, which is currently at 4.50%, has only gone up in 2024.
Additionally, Apple claims that customers would receive up to 3% in cash back every day on all of their purchases. There are several strong arguments for savers to first compare rates before choosing a lender, even though it will still be worthwhile to create an Apple savings account in 2024.
Considerations Beyond an Apple Savings Account in 2024
For all of the aforementioned reasons, creating an Apple savings account is still worthwhile in 2024. Having said that, you might want to think about some other options.
Even while a 4.50% interest rate on a savings account is competitive, it might not be the best available at the moment, particularly when contrasted with the average minimum of 0.47% that most people can obtain with a normal savings account. You might be able to locate a high-yield savings account with an APY of 5% or even more if you do some research.
Over time, that higher rate might result in much bigger earnings, particularly if the Federal Reserve maintains the current benchmark interest rate range, as many anticipate this week.
Even while rates on CDs and high-yield savings accounts are now comparable, you should still look into the latter account type if interest rates are your primary concern. Right now, CD rates, especially short-term ones, are competitive and frequently somewhat higher than those of the finest high-yield savings accounts.
However, in order to fully profit from this account type, depositors must be willing to lock their money away for the duration of the CD (or risk being punished for early withdrawal).
Although millions of Americans utilize Apple's goods and services, you will not be able to register for an account if you arenot one of them. Because of this, you could be better off looking for a lender online that can provide you with the ideal balance between a high rate and little (or nonexistent) costs.
Even if you often find better terms with online banks, you might be able to utilize the lender you already use for your banking. These banks are frequently able to pass on the savings to account holders in the form of higher rates since they are spared the overhead costs associated with operating physical branches.
Even if the Apple savings account offers a number of appealing features, there are other options that are worth looking into given the high interest rates of today. Opening a CD or going with a different lender can allow you to receive a higher return.
Additionally, in order to qualify, you must be an Apple user. You'll need to consider your alternatives if you're not. As always, though, to make sure your savings continue to grow, balance the advantages of any interest rate against any maintenance or balance fees.