What is the best investment option for an emergency fund?
There’s a lot of options out there for where to keep your emergency fund. Savings accounts are the best primary option. Since you need an account that gives you security and liquidity, a high-yield savings account is a great option. In contrast to checking accounts, savings accounts have higher interest rates, meaning you can truly save more and more money as time goes on.
A few more choices include a short-term certificate of deposit and money market accounts. Both of these additional options provide higher interest rates than a traditional checking account.
Should I get a Certificate of Deposit for an emergency fund?
Taking out a certificate of deposit is usually a long-term investment. However, you can start aggressively saving with a short-term CD for 90 days. The problem with using a CD for emergency savings is they come with service charges for early withdrawals.
Because the point of an emergency fund is to have access to money when you need it most, a CD might not be the best option. But, if you’d like to compound your current emergency fund, using a portion of it in a CD would give you access to compounding interest earnings and aggressive interest rates.
Are Choice Money Market Accounts a Good Option?
If you want secure savings, easy access, and interest-earning, then yes! All of our money market accounts are FDIC-insured up to $250,000. So your emergency fund can grow safely until you need it. You can also make deposits at any time, and you have 24-hour access through online banking services.
We also offer accounts with tiered interest rates. So there’s no better way to incentivize growing your account by earning back even more interest. See the latest interest rates at F&M Bank.
What About A Roth IRA?
Typically, an IRA would not make a good option for an emergency fund. The IRS can impose fees on any withdrawals made prematurely. However, a Roth IRA does allow for withdrawals, but only after certain conditions are met. At F&M Bank, you will need to be at least 59 and a half before your qualified distributions become tax-free.
The advantage of an IRA is that your interest earnings remain tax-free in your account. So, if you’re close to retirement and already have access to some emergency money, a Roth IRA may be a useful option.
Should I Keep My Emergency Savings at a Local Bank?
If you don’t spend a lot of time traveling, then a local bank, like F&M Bank would be your best option for taking care of your personal finances. Plus we provide products and services such as ATMs, perks, apps to tell you where to go to get money. At F&M Bank we also have a mobile app to help you handle transactions and easily manage your finances.
Could I use an online bank for my emergency fund?
Yes, working with an online bank can help you get some of the highest yielding interest rates. However, handling deposits can be challenging, especially when setting up your account at first. But f you want the most accessibility, working with a brick and mortar traditional bank that has online banking options is a great way to go.