We’re thrilled to announce we’re raising the APY on the Wealthfront Cash Account from 0.85% to 1.40% following the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise the target range for the federal funds rate.

That means your cash will earn nearly 20x the interest at Wealthfront it would earn in a traditional savings account. And of course, you’ll still get up to $1 million in FDIC insurance through our partner banks and pay absolutely no account fees.

Why is the rate going up?

As you may know, we partner with banks to offer you a Cash Account with a high APY. As a result, 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). Whenever the Fed raises the target range for the EFFR, the rate we can offer our clients increases and vice versa. Fortunately, this most recent rate increase allows us to raise the rate we can offer quite significantly. 

The Fed raises the target range for the federal funds rate when it believes the economy is overheating and lowers it when the economy is slowing down. This most recent rate increase is the third time the Fed has raised rates this year amid concerns about inflation (or an increase in the prices of goods and services). We look forward to raising our APY again as rates continue to increase.

Grow your savings faster with no fees

We’re delighted to pay you more interest on your Cash Account deposits so your savings can grow faster with no extra effort. Whether you’re building an emergency fund, saving for a big purchase like a car or down payment, or just keeping money handy for your everyday expenses, the Wealthfront Cash Account is an ideal home for your short-term savings. It also has 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. And since you get access to a debit card and 19,000 free ATMs, your cash is always available on your terms. 

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