Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TIAA Cracks Down On Switchers

Evidently enough people caught on to a secret trick that allowed one to reset their interest rate at TIAA (TIAA Traditional). Basically, you would sell into the money market (out of Traditional) on one day and then buy back in the next. This would effectively increase your rate to the new rate. So if you are earning 3% now and TIAA changes the rates to 3.5% you simply sell today into the money market and then repurchase back in a few days later and voila, you are now earning 3.5%. Well it turns out that this little trick caught on last year or TIAA knows that its going to have to raise rates in the future and doesn't want people resetting their rates (at least very often), so they are instituting the following new policy:

When you transfer out of TIAA Traditional and transfer back within 120 days, the amount, up to your original transfer, will be credited with the same interest rates that would have applied if the transfer out had not taken place. Such interest will be credited from the date the transfer in was made. Interest will not be paid for the period from the date of transfer out to the date of transfer in. Do you wish to continue with this transfer?


This will help, though lets say rates jump to 5% on the Traditional and I'm earning only 3%, you think I care if I lose out on 120 days of interest? I'll take that trade any day.

In reality this is a smart move, a daily liquid account like this is dangerous when you have volatile rates.

Scott Dauenhauer CFP, MSFP, AIF
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