Editor’s note: Wealthfront client funds were not exposed to the closures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. These two banks are not in our Cash Sweep Program, and your deposits are safe and secure in our FDIC-insured partner banks. If you’d like to see the complete list of banks we work with, we publish that information here.
Today, we’re excited to announce we’re raising the APY on the Wealthfront Cash Account from 4.55% to 4.80% APY following the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise the target range for the federal funds rate. This means your cash will earn 11x more interest at Wealthfront than it would earn in a regular savings account. You’ll also get up to $5 million in FDIC insurance through our partner banks (an increase from the $3 million we previously offered).
4.80% is currently one of the highest APYs on the market, and it doesn’t come with any requirements like minimum or maximum account size, direct deposit, debit card transactions, or subscription fees. The Cash Account has no account fee, comes with unlimited fee-free withdrawals, and is an ideal place to keep your savings until you’re ready to invest to build long-term wealth.
Why is the Cash Account APY going up?
We’re increasing our Cash Account APY because the Federal Reserve raised the target range for the federal funds rate, and we believe in sharing that increase with you.
We partner with multiple banks to offer you a Cash Account with a high APY. The APY we offer on the Cash Account is largely determined by the rate we receive from these partner banks for deposits. The rate our partner banks pay us depends on both the effective federal funds rate (EFFR) and how eager the banks are for additional deposits (which translates to a premium or discount they pay relative to the EFFR). When the Fed raises the target range for the federal funds rate, the rate we can offer our clients goes up, too. We’re proud we can pass along 100% of this latest increase straight to you.
You’ve likely noticed that interest rates have already increased many times in the last year. That’s because the Fed is raising the target range for the federal funds rate in an attempt to lower inflation—or an increase in the prices of goods and services—which was high for much of 2022 and remained elevated in 2023.
As we’ve written previously, Wealthfront has a proven track record of passing along a high proportion of increases in the federal funds rate since the Cash Account launched in 2019, and we expect this trend to continue. We pass along more interest more quickly than other high-yield accounts. Following today’s APY increase, we offer one of the highest rates on the market.
Grow your savings faster with no account fees
We’re proud to pay you more interest on your Cash Account deposits so your savings can grow faster with no extra effort and no market risk. You won’t pay any account fees, including maintenance fees, overdraft fees, transfer fees—you name it. The Cash Account is an ideal home for your short-term savings until you’re ready to invest, and it comes with best-in-class automation features so you can organize your savings into categories, track your progress against your goals, and invest your money within minutes during market hours. And since you get access to a debit card and 19,000 free ATMs, your cash is always available on your terms.
We’ve partnered with Green Dot Bank. The checking features offered on your Wealthfront Cash account are provided by and the Wealthfront Visa® Debit Card is issued by Green Dot Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Visa is a registered trademark of Visa International Service Association. Checking features for the Cash Account are subject to identity verification by Green Dot Bank and the Wealthfront Visa® Debit Card is optional and must be requested. Wealthfront products and services are not provided by Green Dot Bank. Green Dot Bank operates under the following registered trade names: GO2bank, GoBank and Bonneville Bank. All of these registered trade names are used by, and refer to, a single FDIC-insured bank, Green Dot Bank. Deposits under any of these trade names are deposits with Green Dot Bank and are aggregated for deposit insurance coverage.
Fee-free ATM access applies to in-network ATMs only. For out-of-network ATMs and bank tellers a $2.50 fee will apply, plus any additional fee that the owner or bank may charge. Fees and Eligibility requirements may apply to certain checking features, please see the Deposit Account Agreement for details. Copyright 2023 Green Dot Corporation. All rights reserved.
Cash Account is offered by Wealthfront Brokerage LLC (“Wealthfront Brokerage”), a Member of FINRA/SIPC. Neither Wealthfront Brokerage nor any of its affiliates are a bank, and Cash Account is not a checking or savings account. We convey funds to partner banks who accept and maintain deposits, provide the interest rate, and provide FDIC insurance. Investment management and advisory services–which are not FDIC insured–are provided by Wealthfront Advisers LLC (“Wealthfront Advisers”), an SEC-registered investment adviser, and financial planning tools are provided by Wealthfront Software LLC (“Wealthfront”).
The Annual Percentage Yield (APY) for the Cash Account may change at any time, before or after the Cash Account is opened. The APY for the Wealthfront Cash Account represents the weighted average of the APY on the aggregate deposit balances of all clients at the program banks. Deposit balances are not allocated equally among the participating program banks.
The cash balance in the Cash Account is swept to one or more banks (the “program banks”) where it earns a variable rate of interest and is eligible for FDIC insurance. FDIC insurance is not provided until the funds arrive at the program banks. FDIC insurance coverage is limited to $250,000 per qualified customer account per banking institution. Wealthfront uses more than one program bank to ensure FDIC coverage of up to $5 million for your cash deposits. For more information on FDIC insurance coverage, please visit www.FDIC.gov. Customers are responsible for monitoring their total assets at each of the program banks to determine the extent of available FDIC insurance coverage in accordance with FDIC rules. The deposits at program banks are not covered by SIPC.
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