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All America Bank 1.5%

Post by thisisallen » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:25 pm

All America Bank Savings (Mega Money Market) acct is at 1.5%, max. $35,000.
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Re: All America Bank 1.5%

Post by jhogue » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:34 am

The current I bond rate is 1.96%. Max. $10,000 per SSN.

Yield of I bond currently beats money market funds, 4 year CD, and 5 year Treasury.

Less principal risk than FDIC - insured CDs or bank accounts.
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Re: All America Bank 1.5%

Post by pugchief » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:50 pm

jhogue wrote:The current I bond rate is 1.96%. Max. $10,000 per SSN.

Yield of I bond currently beats money market funds, 4 year CD, and 5 year Treasury.

Less principal risk than FDIC - insured CDs or bank accounts.
Yes, but you must hold I-bonds for 5 years minimum or face a penalty. So a more realistic comparison would be to a 5-year CD.

In any case, if short term interest rates rise, 1.9% will not seem like a good deal 2 years from now.
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Re: All America Bank 1.5%

Post by jhogue » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:41 pm

pugchief wrote:
jhogue wrote:The current I bond rate is 1.96%. Max. $10,000 per SSN.

Yield of I bond currently beats money market funds, 4 year CD, and 5 year Treasury.

Less principal risk than FDIC - insured CDs or bank accounts.
Yes, but you must hold I-bonds for 5 years minimum or face a penalty. So a more realistic comparison would be to a 5-year CD.

In any case, if short term interest rates rise, 1.9% will not seem like a good deal 2 years from now.
Nope.

1. You can redeem an I bond after a minimum of one year, forfeiting the most recent 3 months interest. The last CD I bought had a 6 month forfeiture (which is common.) Also, upon redemption, I bond earnings are exempt from state and local taxes. For CDs, the full interest payment is reportable as taxable income.

2. If short term interest rates rise over the next 2 years, the I-bond rate will reset 4 times (each November and May) in response to changes in the CPI. Know any CD that will reset 4 times, tax deferred, over the next 2 years?
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Re: All America Bank 1.5%

Post by pugchief » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:50 am

jhogue wrote:
pugchief wrote:
jhogue wrote:The current I bond rate is 1.96%. Max. $10,000 per SSN.

Yield of I bond currently beats money market funds, 4 year CD, and 5 year Treasury.

Less principal risk than FDIC - insured CDs or bank accounts.
Yes, but you must hold I-bonds for 5 years minimum or face a penalty. So a more realistic comparison would be to a 5-year CD.

In any case, if short term interest rates rise, 1.9% will not seem like a good deal 2 years from now.
Nope.

1. You can redeem an I bond after a minimum of one year, forfeiting the most recent 3 months interest. The last CD I bought had a 6 month forfeiture (which is common.) Also, upon redemption, I bond earnings are exempt from state and local taxes. For CDs, the full interest payment is reportable as taxable income.

2. If short term interest rates rise over the next 2 years, the I-bond rate will reset 4 times (each November and May) in response to changes in the CPI. Know any CD that will reset 4 times, tax deferred, over the next 2 years?
While a CD does not adjust rates, my basis for comparison was the forfeiture of interest, which you corroborated. Your original comparison was to the OP's money market account which I do not feel is an equivalent product as it carries zero restrictions or penalties. Also, depending on where you live, the state tax exemption may or may not be of value.
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Re: All America Bank 1.5%

Post by jhogue » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:07 am

Dear pugstuff,

Like Harry Browne himself, I have lately come to the unfashionable conclusion that there is no substitute for US Treasury-backed securities—in cash as well as LTTs.

I don’t blame the OP for chasing yield with short term cash. Like many people on this forum, I have done it myself. Like a reformed smoker who can’t stand the smell of cigarette smoke, I now can’t stand the sight of big splashy ads in the Wall Street Journal for FDIC-backed money market accounts, CDs, and municipal bonds from great places like Puerto Rico and Cook County.

Speaking of this last perversion, don’t you hail from Illinois, home of the slow-motion state government default? You should be entertaining us all with anecdotes from the front lines.
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Re: All America Bank 1.5%

Post by pugchief » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:01 am

jhogue wrote:Dear pugstuff,

Like Harry Browne himself, I have lately come to the unfashionable conclusion that there is no substitute for US Treasury-backed securities—in cash as well as LTTs.

I don’t blame the OP for chasing yield with short term cash. Like many people on this forum, I have done it myself. Like a reformed smoker who can’t stand the smell of cigarette smoke, I now can’t stand the sight of big splashy ads in the Wall Street Journal for FDIC-backed money market accounts, CDs, and municipal bonds from great places like Puerto Rico and Cook County.

Speaking of this last perversion, don’t you hail from Illinois, home of the slow-motion state government default? You should be entertaining us all with anecdotes from the front lines.
I agree on the Treasuries vs Munis. I have invested in Munis in the past when the taxable equivalent yield made it favorable, but I wouldn't touch them with a 10 foot pole now. However, I have no issues keeping the cash portion of my PP in online FDIC insured savings accounts that pay way better rates. Amigo, either you trust the US govt to keep its promises, or you don't.

I do live in Cook County, IL, and even though the state income tax isn't that high here compared to other states [it was 3.75%, but they just rammed through an increase to 4.95%], we have the highest sales tax in the country, probably the highest effective real estate tax [particularly on commercial property], and they just passed a beverage tax that will almost double the cost of a 2L bottle of soda [thank goodness I quit years ago]. It just never occurs to them to spend less and quit offering public employees such ridiculous benefits. No wonder everyone in IL NJ NY CA is flocking to Texas and Florida.
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Re: All America Bank 1.5%

Post by dualstow » Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:16 pm

thisisallen wrote:All America Bank Savings (Mega Money Market) acct is at 1.5%, max. $35,000.
The Wall St Jrnl has an article about banks' reluctance to raise interest rates (nothing new), as long as depositors aren't bolting en masse. Right now, they are awash in deposits according to the article. Some bankers said it will take a few consecutive hikes from Yellen before they budge.

GS Bank (Goldman Sachs) is 1.2% last time I checked, and Ally is up to 1.15% I don't see anything at bankrate dot com today beating the above.
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Re: All America Bank 1.5%

Post by sophie » Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:25 am

With the increasing disparity in interest rates between online banks and the big brick and mortar shows, I'm surprised more depositors aren't bolting. I guess optimizing interest rates is not a game that most people play, and creating extra logins/downloading apps/etc is a barrier as well.

Ally's increases aren't that spectacular btw. They were at 0.99% savings account interest rate a year ago, so they've responded to a total 0.75% T bill/funds rate increase with an 0.16% rate hike. Better than most banks, but certainly not exactly passing the largesse to consumers. I did go for that 1.5% no penalty CD, which can be cashed out online in 2 business days - much quicker than getting money out of Treasury Direct or a brokerage. So I have kind of a two tier savings account with a combined interest rate of around 1.35%.

I'm with jhogue...money in banks for convenience, bulk of investment cash in T bills or savings bonds.
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Re: All America Bank 1.5%

Post by dualstow » Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:50 am

The reasons given for not bolting were A) after ten years of low rates, many Americans don't think of cash as an investment (they need to read Tyler's article!), and

B) "well, I have my checking at Chase, so I'll stick with them for everything."

But it did mention people who do what you mentioned in your last line.

Side note:
I just opened my first Ally account, but for checking not savings. I don't want the bank that holds my safe box to see any more checks to gold vendors. O0
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Re: All America Bank 1.5%

Post by jhogue » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:37 pm

pugchief wrote:
jhogue wrote:Dear pugstuff,

Like Harry Browne himself, I have lately come to the unfashionable conclusion that there is no substitute for US Treasury-backed securities—in cash as well as LTTs.

I don’t blame the OP for chasing yield with short term cash. Like many people on this forum, I have done it myself. Like a reformed smoker who can’t stand the smell of cigarette smoke, I now can’t stand the sight of big splashy ads in the Wall Street Journal for FDIC-backed money market accounts, CDs, and municipal bonds from great places like Puerto Rico and Cook County.

Speaking of this last perversion, don’t you hail from Illinois, home of the slow-motion state government default? You should be entertaining us all with anecdotes from the front lines.
I agree on the Treasuries vs Munis. I have invested in Munis in the past when the taxable equivalent yield made it favorable, but I wouldn't touch them with a 10 foot pole now. However, I have no issues keeping the cash portion of my PP in online FDIC insured savings accounts that pay way better rates. Amigo, either you trust the US govt to keep its promises, or you don't.

I do live in Cook County, IL, and even though the state income tax isn't that high here compared to other states [it was 3.75%, but they just rammed through an increase to 4.95%], we have the highest sales tax in the country, probably the highest effective real estate tax [particularly on commercial property], and they just passed a beverage tax that will almost double the cost of a 2L bottle of soda [thank goodness I quit years ago]. It just never occurs to them to spend less and quit offering public employees such ridiculous benefits. No wonder everyone in IL NJ NY CA is flocking to Texas and Florida.
dear pugnacious,

1. I am glad to know that you have seen the light on the risk of owning municipal bonds. Keep that 10 foot pole!

2. Philosophically, I remain a staunch “splitter” rather than a “lumper” when it comes to the safety of the FDIC versus the US Treasury. I won’t bore you to tears with a peer-reviewed academic citation. Just consider the Cliff Notes version, courtesy of wikipedia:

“In light of apparent systemic risks facing the banking system, the adequacy of FDIC's financial backing has come into question. According to the FDIC.gov website (as of March 2013), ‘FDIC deposit insurance is backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government. This means that the resources of the United States government stand behind FDIC-insured depositors.’[50] The statutory basis for this assertion is unclear, however. Congress, in 1987, passed a "Sense of Congress" to that effect,[51] but such enactments do not carry the force of law.[52]”

I really am not trying to scare anyone with zero hedge- style doomer porn. I think all branches and agencies of the government would move heaven and earth to prevent another bank run like the 1930s. In preferring Treasury-backed securities over those insured by the FDIC, I am simply acknowledging the fact that the US Treasury is lender-of-last-resort and has financial tools that the FDIC does not.

3. I enjoyed your perspective on the situation in Illinois. Please start a new thread at once. We could begin by having a contest for the new thread title. I would like to kick it off with a couple of nominations:

-Sleepless in Chicago: The Emerging Black Market in Soft Drinks, or, How Regressive Can A Desperate State Get?

-Fear and Loathing in Springfield: Illinois’s Very Own Deep State At Work—Or Not
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Re: All America Bank 1.5%

Post by dualstow » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:45 pm

pugchief wrote:
jhogue wrote:The current I bond rate is 1.96%. Max. $10,000 per SSN.

Yield of I bond currently beats money market funds, 4 year CD, and 5 year Treasury.

Less principal risk than FDIC - insured CDs or bank accounts.
Yes, but you must hold I-bonds for 5 years minimum or face a penalty. So a more realistic comparison would be to a 5-year CD.

In any case, if short term interest rates rise, 1.9% will not seem like a good deal 2 years from now.
No Pugsley,

As you can clearly see from the red text, you said nothing about a penalty (in red), and brazenly stated that you must hold I-bonds for 5 years in any case.
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