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The average money market account (MMA) rate has remained steady over the past week and sits at 0.60%, according to Curinos. But if you shop around you could get a much higher rate of around 5%. These accounts can be a good option for savers who prioritize account flexibility and potentially higher interest rates than those typically found offered by traditional savings accounts.

MMA RATES TODAY
Deposit level
Average APY
High rate
$10,000 minimum balance
0.60%
5.13%
Source: Curinos. Average APY date accurate as of June 10, 2024.

Money market account rates

Money market accounts with a $10,000 minimum balance currently offer an average APY of 0.60%, per Curinos data, the same as last week.

The highest rate in the Curinos dataset sits at 5.13%, so you may be able to find higher rates in your own research.

If you were to invest $10,000 into an MMA with a 5.13% interest rate that compounds daily, you would earn more than $520 in interest over a year, assuming no withdrawals or additional contributions are made.

Money market accounts vs. savings accounts

Money market account rates typically offer higher yields than those provided by savings accounts. MMAs often require a higher minimum deposit or balance, but banks and financial institutions typically reward clients for maintaining larger balances with higher rates.

Currently, the average rate on an MMA with a $10,000 minimum balance in Curinos’ dataset stands at 0.60% APY, while the average rate you’ll find on a savings account with a $10,000 balance is a mere 0.24% APY.

Keep in mind that savings accounts are better suited to achieve a particular goal, such as maintaining an emergency fund or amassing a down payment on a home. By placing your funds in a high-yield savings account, you’ll earn interest and you’ll hopefully also be less inclined to spend the money.

What is a money market account?

Think of a money market account as a mixture between a savings and checking account, often offering competitive interest rates and typically requiring a higher minimum balance. You can enjoy the perks of a high-yield savings account while having access to a debit card and check-writing, all with FDIC insurance up to $250,000. Though not designed for everyday spending, these accounts provide some flexibility with limited transactions.

Methodology

To establish average money market account rates, Curinos focused on accounts intended for personal use. Money market accounts that fall into specific categories are excluded, including promotional offers, relationship-based accounts, private, youth, senior and student/minor. The average money market account rates quoted above are based on a $10,000 minimum deposit amount.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Depending on the bank, you might be able to open your account online. You’ll need to provide some basic information, such as your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number and phone number. Additionally, you’ll need to supply the account number and routing number of the bank you intend to use for your initial deposit if you’re funding a new money market savings account online.

Once your account is opened and funded, you can manage it just like any other bank account. This includes regularly reviewing your statements or account activity, setting up transaction alerts and linking it to your other bank accounts for seamless transfers.

In some cases, yes. Some banks or credit unions may charge monthly maintenance fees, which can sometimes be waived if you maintain a certain minimum balance.

Others may impose fees for excess transactions, as MMAs are subject to federal regulations limiting the number of certain types of transactions (such as transfers and withdrawals) to six per month. It’s essential to review the account terms and fee structures before opening a money market account to ensure you’re getting the best possible deal for your financial situation.

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Taylor Tepper

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Taylor Tepper is the lead banking editor for ӣƵ Blueprint. Prior to that he was a senior writer at Forbes Advisor, Wirecutter, Bankrate and Money Magazine. He has also been published in the New York Times, NPR, Bloomberg and the Tampa Bay Times. His work has been recognized by his peers, winning a Loeb, Deadline Club and SABEW award. He has completed the education requirement from the University of Texas to qualify for a Certified Financial Planner certification, and earned a M.A. from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York where he focused on business reporting and was awarded the Frederic Wiegold Prize for Business Journalism. He earned his undergraduate degree from New York University, and married his college sweetheart with whom he raises three kids in Dripping Springs, TX.

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Jenn Jones is the deputy editor for banking at ӣƵ Blueprint. She brings years of writing and analytical skills to bear, as she was previously a senior writer at LendingTree, a finance manager at World Car dealerships and an editor at Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ. Her work has been featured on MSN, F&I Magazine and Automotive News. She holds a B.S. in commerce from the University of Virginia.

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