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Review: CIBC eAdvantage Savings Account

Looking for a great interest rate on your savings? High-interest savings accounts can provide a good return on your investment. However, the interest rate on the CIBC eAdvantage Savings Account is lower than what most financial institutions offer.

About CIBC

CIBC is one of Canada’s largest banks and has more than 1,100 branches. You can bank online, over the phone, using the mobile app, and at about 4,000 ATMs. CIBC also provides the personal banking services for President’s Choice Financial.

Rates

The CIBC eAdvantage Savings Account offers an interest rate of 0.55% if your balance is more than $5,000. But the rate is 0% if your balance is less than $5,000.

Account balanceInterest rate
$0 to $4,999.990%
$5,000 or more0.55%

TD Canada Trust and RBC Royal Bank both offer the same rate on deposits of $5,000 or more. But the rate is lower than both the BMO Bank of Montreal Savings Builder Account (which offers a rate of 1.25%) and the Scotiabank Momentum Savings Account (which has a 1.50% interest rate).

If you compare CIBC’s rate (on a deposit of $5,000 or more) to other financial institutions’ best rates, you can see there’s a big difference:

Financial institutionInterest rate
Tangerine2.40%/0.80%*
EQ Bank2.25%
Alterna Bank1.95%
Luminus Financial1.75%
Oaken Financial1.75%
Achieva Financial1.70%
Outlook Financial1.70%
Steinbach Credit Union1.60%
Meridian Credit Union1.50%
Scotiabank1.50%
BMO Bank of Montreal1.25%
Canadian Western Bank1.00%
PC Financial0.80%
ATB Financial0.70%
CIBC0.55%
RBC Royal Bank0.55%
TD Canada Trust0.55%

*currently 2.40% for new clients only for the first 182 days and 0.80% thereafter; rate for current clients is 0.80%

Fees

The CIBC eAdvantage Savings Account doesn’t have a monthly fee. There are also free online transfers to your other CIBC accounts and free account inquiries. However, you should be aware of these fees:

  • $1.50 for each non-CIBC bank machine withdrawal or for each Interac e-Transfer you send
  • $5 for each of the following transactions: cheques, withdrawals (including ATM), transfers (excluding online transfers to other CIBC bank accounts), pre-authorized payments, bill payments, and debit purchases

The bottom line

The interest rate on the CIBC eAdvantage Savings Account isn’t very competitive and also lower than the rate at President’s Choice Financial. To see the current rates being offered by other financial institutions, check out the best high-interest savings accounts.

1.25%

$63 first year return based on

$5,000 balance

Monthly fee
$0.00
Transaction fees
$0.00
E-transfer
$0.00

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