Brian McKay

Brian McKay started MonitorBankRates.com in March 2008. He is the co-owner and main writer for MonitorBankRates.com specializing in writing articles on personal finance with an emphasis on finding mortgage financing.

Most people don’t take an active role in their finances. I started MonitorBankRates.com to help people get a better understanding about managing their personal finances.

MonitorBankRates.com has been mentioned in several financial publications including Forbes.com, CNNMoney.com, CBSMoneyWatch.com, MSN money and others: Monitor Bank Rates In the Press

Many newspapers and television stations use our free average mortgage rates widget on their websites, enabling their readers to keep track of rates. Newspapers including the New Richman News, serving Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Television stations include CLTV (Chicagoland Television) and KSPR (ABC) in Springfield, Missouri.

Hundreds of real estate agents also use our mortgage rate widget along with our free mortgage calculator on their websites to better serve their customers.

For media matters feel free to email me: Brian McKay

Brian’s 10 most recent articles are listed below.

BB&T CD Rates
BB&T CD rates on the bank’s special certificates of deposit are very competitive right now. The best CD rates are on BB&T’s shorter term CDs. Special 7 month CD rates at BB&T are currently at 1.73 percent with an APY of 1.75 percent. There is no minimum opening deposit to earn this high rate and yield. 13 […] ... Read more
Mortgage Rates Hold Steady This Week
Mortgage rates held steady this past week after hitting a new low for 2019 just a few weeks ago. Average 30-year mortgage rates today increased to 3.65 percent last week, up from the prior week’s average rate of 3.64 percent. Back in early September, average 30-year mortgage rates fell to a fresh low of 3.49 percent. […] ... Read more
earn.bank Money Market Rates
earn.bank’s money market rate is currently one of the best money market rates available on our rate list. Their current money market rate is at 2.23 percent with an APY of 2.25 percent. You can earn that rate and yield from earn.bank on all account balances over $10,000. To give you an idea of how […] ... Read more
CD Rates Heading Lower in the Coming Months – Lock in Now
Over the past four years, we have seen CD rates claw their way higher from record lows brought on by the Financial Crisis and Great Recession. At the worst level, the best 1 year CD rates available online were just below 1.00 percent. The largest banks were not even interested in your money, offering 1 year […] ... Read more
Future Direction of Mortgage Rates
For the past decade, since the Financial Crisis and Great Recession, mortgage rates have been at or near historical lows. Fixed long term mortgage rates started moving higher in 2018 as economic growth picked up and long term bond yields moved higher. 30-year mortgage rates were nearing 5.00 percent and 15-year mortgage rates were around […] ... Read more
WauBank Money Market Rates
WauBank, a new online bank, is currently offering competitive money market rates that are much higher than traditional brick and mortar banks’ money market rates. The current money market rate at WauBank is at 2.18 percent with an APY of 2.20 percent. To give you an idea of how good this rate is at WauBank, the current […] ... Read more
WauBank CD Rates
WauBank, a new online bank from F.N.B Corporation, is offering online CD rates that are some of the best CD rates available today. The best deal for your money is WauBank’s 13 month CD rate at 2.47 percent with an APY of 2.50 percent. Other current CD rates from WauBank include the 19 and 25 month […] ... Read more
Cross River Bank CD Rates
Cross River Bank CD rates are very high right now. CD rates are especially good on the bank’s intermediate-term certificates of deposit. Current 1 year CD rates at Cross River are at 2.86 percent with an APY of 2.90 percent. Their 18 month CD rates are currently at 2.91 percent with an APY of 2.95 percent. […] ... Read more
Reasons for Home Ownership
Owning a home is an American dream that millions achieve each and every year. When owning your own home, you can increase your degree of ownership with every mortgage payment because some of your payment goes towards principal, paying down the money you borrowed. This process is referred to as “building up equity” and if the […] ... Read more
BrioDirect Review and Savings Rates
BrioDirect, a new online division of Sterling National Bank, has one of the best online savings rates available today. Current savings rates at BrioDirect are at 2.43 percent with an APY of 2.46 percent. That rate is the highest rate on our rate table right now. Brio Direct’s savings rate is more than 27 times […] ... Read more

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