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Fidelity Cash Sweep Options. Fidelity Money Market, Brokerage Account Interest Rates.

Fidelity cash sweep account options (FDIC bank, money market fund, SPAXX, FZFXX, FDRXX). Fidelity brokerage account interest rates, insurance, and fees.

Fidelity Cash Sweep Account Options

Several options are available for uninvested cash in a Fidelity brokerage account. The broker provides an FDIC sweep program with its Cash Management Account. This is a hybrid brokerage-bank account. Securities can be traded in it, but it is designed primarily for cash management purposes. It comes with free checks and a Visa debit card. All deposits that aren’t used to purchase securities are swept into FDIC-insured banks that Fidelity has partnered with. Each Cash Management Account can have up to 5 program banks, which creates a maximum insurance limit of $1,250,000, much higher than the government’s normal $250,000 cap.

Interest is paid on funds swept to program banks. As of July 2017, the APY is 0.14% for balances above $100,000. Accounts smaller than that earn just 7 basis points. Besides the Cash Management Account, the FDIC sweep program can be used for an IRA and a 529 college savings plan.

Fidelity Money Market Fund Rates

In a regular brokerage account, a money market mutual fund serves as the core position. Fidelity offers two funds that can be used for this purpose. The first is the Fidelity Government Money Market Fund (SPAXX). It is currently yielding 0.59%. The other is the Fidelity Treasury Fund (FZFXX). It is earning 60 basis points right now. These funds can be used in either a retirement or non-retirement account. Other money market funds, including Fidelity Government Cash Reserves (FDRXX) can be used as an IRA’s core account.

Other Fidelity Cash Sweep Options

The third and final option for uninvested cash is to simply leave funds sitting in a brokerage account, where the money will be insured by SIPC. The insurance limit here is $250,000. This amount is taken from SIPC’s total $500,000 limit for cash and securities per account. So if you elected to leave $200,000 in a trading account, you would only be eligible for $300,000 of insurance for securities.

Compared to other brokerage firms, Fidelity’s cash management features are some of the best in the industry. Not all brokers offer three core account options, for example. Fidelity’s major rival, Schwab, only offers FDIC insurance. E*Trade offers an FDIC sweep program as well, but it only yields 0.01%. Merrill Edge provides money market funds as core positions like Fidelity. But Merrill’s funds pay only 0.34% and 0.47%, lower than Fidelity’s products. WellsTrade provides $1,000,000 of FDIC insurance, lower than Fidelity’s amount.

Fidelity Cash Management

Besides offering three types of core positions, Fidelity also provides a lot of useful cash management features. For example, the broker offers free bill pay and a convenient overdraft protection feature. The broker’s mobile apps have check deposit. And a suite of Fidelity credit cards can deposit up to 2% of purchases into a brokerage account.

ATM fees incurred while using Fidelity’s Visa debit card are reimbursed for Cash Management Account holders. A regular brokerage account is not eligible for reimbursement, and it is also charged $1 per ATM withdrawal, after five per month.

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In 2001, the broker had a variable commission schedule that started at $20 trades. It took a million dollars in household assets to get the rate down to $8. But in 2010, the broker switched to a simpler flat-rate system for all clients. The new commission was just $7.95, and it was big news.

The most recent move by the broker has changed standards in the industry yet again. Traders are going to expect a lower level of fees for all types of transactions in the future. Firms that were once viewed as cheap now look overpriced.

This is exactly how Schwab felt after Fidelity announced its new commission. The broker immediately responded by lowering its $6.95 equity commission to Fidelity’s level. It also matched Fidelity’s option commission.

Updated on 7/11/2017.

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