How can we help?

High Interest Savings Account Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of CI Direct Investing’s High Interest Savings Account?

  • Earn 0.5% interest. No promotional rates.
  • No fees. No catch. All transactions are totally free.
  • No minimums. Deposit as much or as little as you like.

How is the interest calculated and paid? Interest rates are per year, calculated daily, paid monthly and are subject to change without notice.

What do you mean by ‘no promotional rates’? Unlike other High Interest Savings Accounts that offer an introductory rate which can expire after a period of time and default to a lower long-term rate, the rate we offer does not expire. 

Will the interest rate ever change? The interest paid on our High Interest Savings Account is impacted by the rate we receive from the Bank of Canada. When the Bank of Canada makes a change to their interest rate, we may change the rate we offer as well. 

Are fees charged on the balance held in the savings account? CI Direct Investing’s High Interest Savings Account is completely free!

How long will it take to withdraw money from the savings account? Your withdrawal request will be processed within 3 business days after receiving your request (subject to initial holds on new deposits).

Is my money protected? Of course! All of CI Direct Investing's custodians (National Bank Independent Network, CI Investment Services & Credential Qtrade Securities) are members of both the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF), which provides limited protection for customer accounts, in case of the custodians’ insolvency for up to $1 million per account type category.

Cash and securities held in your account are protected by the Canadian Investor Protection Fund, within specified limits, for up to $1,000,000 CDN through our third-party custodians, if they were to go insolvent. Visit CIPF to learn more.

Does the balance held in the savings account go toward determining the overall fee for my household? Yes. For example, if you were to hold $150,000 in a savings account (no fee charged on this portion), and at the same time invest $10,000, you would take advantage of a reduced CI Direct Investing fee on the invested portion.

What is the best use for this account? We recommend our savings account for those situations where keeping your money safe is of the utmost importance - like when saving to buy a house or a car.

Can I use this savings account for my registered savings (RRSP, TFSA, etc.)? While registered accounts (such as RRSP, TFSA, etc.) do not qualify for this particular account type, we offer similar solutions discussed below.

What is available for registered accounts? We will continue to offer a savings portfolio holding the CI First Asset High Interest Savings ETF, which provides a similar investment option for registered accounts. 

How many Savings Accounts can I open? Each client can open one savings account.

Can I open a joint Savings Account? Only Individual accounts are eligible at this time.

Can I open this account type on my mobile device? Presently the savings account is only available to be opened via our desktop site.

Is the savings account available in USD? It is only available in Canadian dollars.

Was this article helpful?

Can’t find the answers you’re looking for?

Our customer care team is here for you.

Contact Support