What’s the difference between the Cash Beta and the new Wealthfront Cash account?

In 2018, a small number of clients helped us test a beta version of our cash account before we launched it to the public.

Here are the primary differences:

  1. Insurance: For the Cash Beta Account, we held your funds in a money market fund (TIMXX) protected with SIPC Insurance. With our current cash account, your funds are held in cash at various unaffiliated banks and protected with FDIC insurance up to $1 million. Learn more here.
  2. Interest rate: For the Cash Beta, the interest rate fluctuated with any changes in TIMXX, which could be pretty frequent. With our current cash account, your interest rate should not change as frequently.
  3. Tax implications: For the Cash Beta which used a money market fund, interest earned was reported as dividends and included on a tax form 1099. With our current cash account, the interest earned is also reported on a 1099. You should consult your tax advisor for additional information.

Note: If you were part of the Cash Beta, you’ll have two different tax documents for 2019 related to your cash account. You’ll have a 1099 for the beginning of the year while you were still in the Beta, and a 1099 that for your interest earned in the current cash account.

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*National rates are calculated based on a simple average of rates paid (uses annual percentage yield) by all insured depository institutions and branches for which data are available. Savings and interest checking account rates are based on the $2,500 product tier.

The Wealthfront Cash Account Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is as of January 13, 2020. The APY may change at any time, before or after the Cash Account is opened. The APY for the Wealthfront Cash Account represents the weighted average of the APY on the aggregate deposit balances of all clients at the program banks. Deposit balances are not allocated equally among the participating program banks.

Cash Account is offered by Wealthfront Brokerage LLC (“Wealthfront Brokerage”) a member of FINRA/SIPC. Neither Wealthfront Brokerage nor any of its affiliates are a bank, and Cash Account is not a checking or savings account. Wealthfront Brokerage conveys Cash Account funds to depository institutions that accept and maintain such deposits. The cash balance in the Cash Account is swept to one or more banks (the “Program Banks”) where it earns a variable rate of interest and is eligible for FDIC insurance. FDIC insurance is not provided until the funds arrive at the Program Banks. While funds are at Wealthfront Brokerage, and before they are swept to the Program Banks, they are subject to SIPC’s protection limit of $250,000 for cash. FDIC insurance coverage is limited to $250,000 per qualified customer account per banking institution.

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