It had already been indicated in the course of January: the automotive banks had rediscovered overnight money for themselves. Consequently, the new leader in the call money comparison from FOCUS online comes from this group this week.

Three months interest guarantee, 2.1 percent per annum, monthly interest credit – these are the conditions of the new leader in the call money comparison of FOCUS online. It is the OPEL Bank, which is stepping on the toes of the previous leader Consorsbank. Because of the monthly interest credit, the income at the Opel Bank is a bit higher than at the Consorsbank, which credits the interest quarterly. Anyone who invests 10,000 euros for three months at Opel receives 52.60 euros in interest compared to 52.50 euros at Consors.

However, investors who already know that they want to deposit their money in the call money account for longer than three months are better off with Consors. Because there the interest rate guarantee is valid for at least six months. It is even extended by half a year if customers conclude an ETF savings plan via the custody account, which Consors provides free of charge for six months, or buy securities on the stock exchange for at least 1000 euros.

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Behind OPEL and Consors are four banks with an interest rate of 2.0 percent each. In addition to ING and Advanzia from Luxembourg, there are two other automotive banks: Volkswagen Financial Services and Renault Bank.

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In a field that is so close together, it is worth taking a look at the exact conditions: Consorsbank and Volkswagen each guarantee their special interest rate for six months. This is the longest guarantee period in the entire call money comparison. Advanzia, ING, Opel and Renault offer a three-month guarantee.

Advanzia, Opel and Renault Bank as well as Volkswagen Financial Services credit their customers with the interest on a pro rata basis every month. This creates a small compound interest effect over the year, which slightly increases the yield compared to the competition.

Consors pays interest quarterly, while ING only pays interest once a year.

One thing is clear: your money is safe with all six top banks in the overnight money comparison by FOCUS online.

In the case of Advanzia and Renault, the states of Luxembourg and France are liable for credits of up to EUR 100,000 in accordance with EU guidelines. Both countries have very good credit ratings, so investors could definitely pay out in the event of insolvency. Attention: The Opel Bank is also subject to French deposit insurance, because Opel has belonged to the French PSA group (Citroën, Peugeot) since 2017.

On the other hand, Consorsbank, ING and Volkswagen score points with the German deposit insurance. It is not only limited to the EUR 100,000 prescribed across the EU, but is supplemented by the deposit protection fund of the Association of German Banks (BdB), which theoretically protects millions of dollars in deposits.

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However, new customers can only exhaust these limits to a limited extent. Consors accepts up to one million euros from new customers at top interest, ING and Volkswagen limit the credit balance to just 50,000 euros at the promotional interest rate. Opel and Advanzia also accept customer deposits of up to one million euros at the special interest rate, although these sums are higher than the deposit insurance that applies there. After all, Renault Bank accepts up to 250,000 euros from new customers.

Higher balances that exceed these sums are subject to lower interest rates at all banks.

You can find all the details about the daily money market leaders in the money market comparison from FOCUS online.

Direct brokers such as Scalable and Trade Republic are now offering a completely new alternative to call money. Since the beginning of January, the smartphone broker Trade Republic has been paying interest on credit balances in its clearing accounts at two percent up to a credit balance of 50,000 euros. Of course, Trade Republic relies on customers only depositing their money there for a short time before they buy securities. All the terms of the Trade Republic offer can be found here.

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Scalable even pays 2.3 percent interest on up to 100,000 euros. Originally started as a robo-advisor, Scalable now also offers stock trading on favorable terms. Now follows the attack on the money market account. However, the interest rate of 2.3 percent is linked to a PRIME account that costs EUR 4.99 a month. PRIME includes an unlimited trading flat rate for stocks, ETFs, funds and derivatives, including ETF savings plans and additional features such as setting price alerts free of charge.

However, if you only want to deposit savings and are not interested in trading shares or funds, you should calculate the offer carefully. Investors who deposit only 20,000 euros and do not trade shares receive 460 euros in interest on Scalable minus 59.88 for PRIME (12 times 4.99 euros). This results in an effective interest rate of 2.0 percent, which other banks also offer in overnight money comparisons. For all investment sums below that, the scalable overnight money is not recommended under these conditions.

The calculation is different for investors who pay in the maximum accepted investment amount of 100,000 euros. Then Scalable pays 2300 euros interest minus 59.88 euros for PRIME in the year. In this case, this results in a relatively attractive effective interest rate of at least 2.24 percent.

Scalable is particularly recommended for customers who are planning to do this anyway; conclude at least one ETF savings plan.

Existing customers currently have the best cards with Renault Bank. The French raised the overnight interest rate on existing accounts again in January 2023: to 1.4 percent. Ford Bank pays new and existing customers the same interest rate: 1.25 percent. Advanzia credits its existing customers with 0.8 percent. DKB has been paying its existing customers 0.4 percent since December 1, 2022, and 0.3 percent has applied to existing customers at ING since December 2022. Existing customers of Consorsbank have also received 0.3 percent on overnight money since January 1, 2023.

Are these call money rates still too low for you? Then take a look at our fixed deposit comparison. There, European banks are tempting with interest rates of up to 3.05 percent for a term of only one year. With two years, even 3.35 percent per year is possible. The best time deposit offer from a bank with German deposit insurance for a term of twelve months comes from Aareal Bank with 2.5 percent, followed by Bank11 and PEAC with 2.3 percent.

Aareal Bank even pays 3.15 percent per annum over two years, Ford MONEY Bank 3.05 percent and pbb directly 3.0 percent.