I signed up for the 1.25% rate, but I know this too shall pass eventually. My only problem with them is that they do not allow Mint.com connections. Bummer! For the amount I've deposited so far the yield is only going to be a matter of single-digit dollars so I opened an American Express personal savings account until they decide to cooperate with Mint. Sorry, but the convenience of seeing all my accounts in one place overrides my intention to save a few cents/dollars.
Since rates vary I'm not going to make a huge effort to rate chace a savings account. Once TIAA decides to cooperate I'll probalby move my funds back.
Pros: Very little, I thought the rich history of TIAA-Cref would spill down on their newly created online banking- sadly it did not.
Cons: Mint.com downloads were always problematic
Rates continued to fall throughout 2013, most money markets online banks held steady .75-.90%, My last straw was .54% in Oct 2013, it has continued to go down to .45%
Rates are tiered, Sallie Mae Money Market does not have tier rates.
I too, got the stern Patriot Act Letter after closing my account, so I was not affected but when I called in October when the rates further declined and was attempted to be cross sold into a one year cd which still was not competitive at the time and still is not.
Lastly, when I called in October 2013, I remember the customer service rep asked me if my deposit was inherited, or earned income I was irked by her question, but did not ask further why that was important, she said it was to update on the original online application. I never remember a question like that being asked.
Received a Threatening Letter From TIAA DIRECT telling me I need to call them with information they need to comply with the patriot act. or they may restrict access to my account or close it.
The letter states the call will "take no longer than 5 minutes"
I have now been on hold listening to a recorded apology for the hold time for more than an hour.
Worst customer service I have ever encountered from a financial institution.
I will try to call again tomorrow.