Three ways to create a disciplined savings strategy
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How do you create a savings strategy for the years ahead? Your savings can do a lot more for you than just protect you from the unexpected. It can help you feel more secure about retirement, purchase a second home or even fund the trip of a lifetime.
1) Be strategic Focus on being strategic and creative with your money—and making sure your cash is earning the most it can—with the right combination of accounts, including:
Certificates of deposit (CDs)
For instance, compare a scenario with actual money market accounts at two different banks and how they affect the interest earned with a $25,000 opening deposit. One bank offers 0.06% APY, and the other 0.70% APY.*
*Source for 0.70% APY: TIAA Direct(r) Website. The Annual Percentage Yield (APY) for the Money Market account depends on the balance in the account. Effective as of 12/01/2016, APYs are as follows: For balances from $0 to $2,499.99, the APY is 0.60%; for balances of $2,500 to $24,999.99, the APY is 0.60%; for balances from $25,000 to $49,999.99, the APY is 0.70%; for balances from $50,000 to $99,999.99, the APY is 0.75%; for balances $100,000 and above, the APY is 0.90%. All rates are variable and subject to change without notice before or after the account is opened. Interest is compounded daily, based on the rate in effect at the end of the day. The minimum opening deposit for a Money Market account is $2,500, which must be made within 60 days of account opening or the account may be closed. Fees could reduce earnings on the account.
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