What is a money market account?

May 01, 2024
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In the realm of personal finance, finding the right balance for your savings can be a challenging task. There are many options available, but money market accounts stand out as a versatile tool as they offer an attractive blend of benefits. Here, we’ll explore those benefits and how this powerhouse account fits into your financial toolbox.

Flexibility, liquidity, and interest, too

Think of a money market account as the best of all account worlds. This versatile account combines the higher rates typically associated with high-yield savings accounts and certificates of deposit (CDs) while providing some checking account perks like check-writing abilities and debit card access. These accounts typically require a higher minimum balance compared to regular savings accounts but offer better interest rates in return, along with a myriad of other benefits.

Liquidity. When you open a money market account, you’re not committing to a certain time period. Unlike most CDs, whose fixed term commitment are great for funds you won’t be needing immediate access to, money market funds can be left for as long — or short — of a time frame as needed. Just keep in mind that, as with other types of accounts, the interest rates may fluctuate a bit unless otherwise noted.

Accessibility and flexibility. Money market accounts usually provide up to six free withdrawals per statement cycle without a fee, giving you the freedom to access your money. Besides writing checks, you can move money to where you need it through checks, debit cards, online BillPay, mobile deposits, direct deposits, or recurring transfers — how’s that for easy?

Growth. One of the primary benefits of money market accounts is their ability to offer higher interest rates compared to traditional savings accounts. This makes them an attractive option for individuals looking to maximize their savings growth potential while still having easy access to their funds.

Through the magic of compound interest, you earn interest not only on your principal (i.e., your initial deposit) plus any subsequent funds added, but also on the interest that you have been accumulating — yes, your interest earns interest! So, the longer you leave your money in the account, the longer your interest will compound.

Security. Money market deposit accounts offered by a bank you know (and whose name you recognize) are backed by the reputation of that institution and are FDIC-insured up to the maximum allowable limit, providing you with peace of mind knowing that your money is protected.

A useful financial tool

In conclusion, money market accounts offer a unique blend of high interest rates, liquidity, and security, making them useful financial tools for individuals looking to grow their savings while maintaining accessibility to their funds. This makes them the perfect vehicle for saving for a vacation, a new car, or other major purchase, as their higher interest rates allow your money to grow more quickly than it would in a traditional savings account. Money market accounts are also excellent for building an emergency fund, as you can earn a competitive interest rate while still having quick access to your funds in case of unexpected expenses or financial emergencies.

Flexible savings and a sweet offer, to boot!

Whether you’re planning for a rainy day, a major purchase, or your long-term financial future, if you need spending flexibility while you’re saving, a money market account from UBT can help you achieve your goals with confidence. And right now, you can earn up to 4.00% APY* on balances of $10,000 or more (1.31% APY on balances under $10,000) for 12 months when you open a new Value Edge Money Market account with UBT. Click here to learn more.

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*Offer not valid for primary accountholder on either an existing Value Edge Money Market Account (MMA) or a Value Edge MMA closed within the last 120 days. Open a new Value Edge MMA and receive 4.00% Annual Percentage Yield (APY) on balances of $10,000 or more for 12 months from account opening; balances under $10,000 will earn an APY of 1.31%. After the first 12 months, the standard Value Edge MMA variable interest rate and APY tiers will apply, depending on the daily balance of the account. See current deposit account rates; rates subject to change. Fees may reduce earnings. $10,000 opening deposit required in new money. Promotion available 5/1/2024 to 6/28/2024. Cannot be combined with other offers. Member FDIC.

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