Do you have money that you don't want to risk in the stock market, but also needs protection from inflation eating away at its value? Maybe you've saved up an emergency fund and want to earn some sort of return on your money, but you don't want to lose access to the funds as you would if you put it in a Certificate of Deposit (CDs). If so, a Discover Money Market Account (MMA) could be a good choice for your situation. Discover MMAs offer competitive rates, debit and ATM access, easy online transfers and bill pay.
Money Market fees can vary greatly from bank to bank. With a Discover MMA, there are no maintenance fees or fees on inbound or outbound money transfers.
Aside from fees you also need to keep an eye on short term interest rates. Money market rates may be impacted by market swings. As the Federal Reserve makes changes with monetary and fiscal policy the rate on your money market account can change drastically.
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Does a Money Market Account meet your needs? MMAs share traits with Certificates of Deposit, checking accounts, and saving accounts. Here's how:
- Certificates of Deposit (CD): with a CD you're getting a better interest rate than you would with most checking and saving accounts, but you give up liquidity because you can't access the funds without paying a penalty; MMAs generate better interest than most checking and saving accounts (and very short term CDs)
- Checking accounts: with a checking account you get to write checks and use an ATM or debit card to withdraw funds without penalty; most MMAs allow you check writing privileges
- Saving accounts: with an Online Savings account you earn interest in exchange for parking your cash with the bank and you cannot have more than 6 transactions per month; with an MMA you're getting higher interest but also have a limit of 6 transactions each month.
As you can see, a Discover MMA offers a mix of benefits: above-average interest rates, liquidity when you need it, and the ability to withdraw funds up to 6 times per month if you need to.
With Discover's MMA, you can access your funds by check, debit card, online or ATM (subject to certain monthly transaction caps). You can even arrange for free online money transfers and bill pay from your account. You can also make automatic transfers to your account from a checking or savings account. On top of that, deposits at Discover are FDIC insured up to the maximum allowed by law.
Even if you're already using a Discover Online Savings Account or Discover CDs to address some of your financial priorities, consider fine-tuning your savings strategies with a Discover Money Market Account , too. It may help bring more of your goals within reach and on schedule
Regardless of your savings goal you can always find the right savings account for your needs at Discover. Open an account online in minutes or call our 24-hour U.S.-based Customer Service at 800-347-7000.
The article and information provided herein are for informational purposes only and are not intended as a substitute for professional advice.