Why is there a limit of nine (9) withdrawals/debits per statement cycle for High Yield Savings Accounts?
American Express High Yield Savings Accounts are not meant for everyday spending. Savings accounts like our High Yield Savings Account were historically required to limit the number of withdrawals and transfers that could be made to six (6) withdrawals and transfers per statement cycle. This requirement came from a Federal Reserve Board regulation - Reserve Requirements for Depository Institutions (12 C.F.R. 204 Regulation D).
The Federal Reserve Board revised this regulation in April, 2020 to permit banks to remove the six withdrawal / transfer limit. As a result, to give our High Yield Savings Account customers additional flexibility to access their funds, Personal Savings customers may now make a maximum of nine (9) transfers or withdrawals per statement cycle.* There is no limit on the number of deposits can be made.
*A statement cycle is the calendar period during which one banking statement is generated. A statement cycle usually begins on the day of the month the account is opened. For example, if an account was opened on the 10th of a month, then the statement cycle will usually end on the 10th day of every subsequent month.
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*The Annual Percentage Yield (APY) as advertised is accurate as of . Interest rate and APY are subject to change at any time without notice before and after a High Yield Savings Account is opened.
For a CD account, rates are subject to change at any time without notice before the account is opened. Your rate will be fixed on the business day‡ we receive your completed application, provided we receive your deposit within 30 days after your application is approved. After a CD is opened, additional deposits to the account are not permitted. Early CD withdrawals may be subject to significant penalties which could cause you to lose some of your principal. Please see the Deposit Account Agreement for additional terms and conditions and Truth-in-Savings disclosures.
**The national average APY is accurate as of November 23, 2020, as published in the FDIC's Weekly National Rates and Rate Caps; average rate used is for deposits under $100,000.
†You may make up to nine (9) withdrawals or transfers out of your High Yield Savings Account during a monthly statement cycle. Read More in FAQs.
‡For purposes of transferring funds, business days are Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Transfers can be initiated 24/7 via the website or phone, but any transfers initiated after 7:00 PM Eastern Time or on non-business days will begin to be processed on the next business day.
♢Calculations are estimates of expected interest earned. Actual results may vary, based on various factors such as leap years, timing of deposits, rounding, and variation in interest rates. The first recurring deposit is assumed to begin in the second period after any initial deposit.