Savers Roundup October 2021: Wyth Financial coming soon; zero-fee brokerages are here

When will rates bottom?

This year, almost every rate change on our savings account comparison chart has been a decrease. The only rate increases in 2021 occurred in June and July at Implicity Financial and Hubert Financial. Since then, both of those financial institutions have decreased their rates, with Hubert Financial most recently decreasing its regular savings account interest rate from 1.25% to 1.10%.

Last week, Motive Financial decreased its regular savings account and TFSA interest rate from 1.25% to 1.10%, and AcceleRate Financial did the same, from 1.20% to 1.15%.

Coming soon: Concentra Bank rebrands as Wyth Financial

Wyth Financial, the new brand name for Concentra Bank, is set to launch its new online banking portal on October 25. Will we finally see the general availability of its 1.35% savings account, which is currently only available to GIC holders? And how will it compare to Neo Financial’s savings account, which is also powered by Concentra Bank / Wyth Financial, and whose CDIC coverage limit is shared with other Wyth Financial accounts?

Zero-fee online brokerage commissions: who’s next?

If you blinked, you might have missed Desjardins becoming the third online brokerage to cut its commissions rate to zero, following National Bank and Wealthsimple’s lead. Will we see similar offerings from the big banks any time soon?

The latest promos

Our promotions page includes a new savings account promo from HSBC: 1.75% on new deposits in a savings account between September 13 and December 16. It also features a GIC promo that expires next week at Wealth One Bank of Canada: 2.88% for a 5-year GIC if you use promo code GIC5Y before October 20.

Did your spouse or someone else in your household get a Tangerine new deposit promo but you didn’t? You might be able to get a matching promo if you ask.

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