How long does it usually take to transfer funds online?
The best method for transferring funds – and having them available to you as soon as possible – is by initiating the transfer on the website of the bank where the funds are currently held. By doing this, you are pushing funds to the destination bank. The funds should appear in 1 to 2 business days‡ (not including the time it takes to link accounts). If you open a High Yield Savings Account with American Express Savings, the fastest way to transfer your funds out of your Savings account and into a checking account would be by initiating the transfer on the American Express Savings site. In many cases, you may qualify for express transfers that can appear as soon as the same day.
However, if you chose to initiate funds transfer with the bank where you want funds to arrive, you would then be pulling funds. Depending on the destination bank's hold policies, this transfer could take 3 or more business days.‡ If the destination bank is American Express National Bank and you initiated the transfer on the Savings website, the amount will be reflected in your Current Balance and will begin earning interest immediately. Then the funds will be available for withdrawal on the 5th business day.‡
*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 rate referenced is from the FDIC's published Monthly Rate Cap Information for Savings deposit products. Visit the FDIC website for details.
†You are generally permitted to make up to nine (9) withdrawals or transfers out of your High Yield Savings Account during a monthly statement cycle. However, please note that there are strict rules for withdrawing money from an IRA plan (including an IRA High Yield Savings Account) before retirement age without incurring a penalty. 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.
§IRA Contributions are subject to aggregate annual limits across all IRA plans held at American Express or other institutions. IRA distributions may be taxed and subject to penalties based on IRS guidelines. Required minimum distribution, if applicable, is only relevant to this IRA plan and does not take into consideration other IRA plans held at American Express or other institutions. Please see IRS.gov for more information. We recommend you consult with a financial or tax advisor when making contributions to and distributions from an IRA plan account.