SAVINGS


The Best Cyberbanks

BEST OVERALL ONLINE SAVINGS ACCOUNT

HSBC Direct www.hsbcdirect.com
Annual percentage yield: 5.05%
Why it's the best: Quick customer service, an ATM card, a $1 minimum balance and typically one of the highest yields make this online savings account the one to keep.

SIMPLEST TO USE

ING Direct www.ingdirect.com
Annual percentage yield: 4.50%
Why it's simplest: ING Direct's streamlined Web site and four-step application are painless for even a Luddite. With no minimums and no monthly fees, ING Direct set the standard that other online banks follow (or should).

BEST FOR ACCESS TO FUNDS

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E*Trade Financial www.etrade.com
Annual percentage yield: 5.05%
Why it's the best: The most inconvenient aspect of online savings is the lag when you deposit money. It can average up to five days to clear a transaction after the initial deposit. But E*Trade users can access deposits on the same day.

BEST ONLINE CHECKING ACCOUNT

EverBank www.everbank.com
Annual percentage yield: Ranges from 3.25% for balances of less than $10,000 to 4.41% for $100,000 or more.
Why it's the best: EverBank treats checking almost like savings. You need a minimum of $1,500 to open an account and enjoy an introductory rate of 6.01% for the first three months before it goes down to the market rate.

BEST PLACE TO VET ONLINE BANKS

Bankrate.com www.bankrate.com
Why it's the best: Interest rates and features change daily. This is a fast way to compare the full range of standard bank offerings as well.


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