How to deposit US cash into Tangerine’s USD Savings Account?

This can only be done indirectly as far as I know.  I opened an RBC U.S. High Interest eSavings account and deposited the American dollars into it by visiting an RBC branch (the teller would do this for you)

I already had a USD Savings Account with Tangerine. In the past I had funded this account via cheques that I received. This time I had some leftover USD cash from a vacation and I wanted to deposit that back into Tangerine (and collect some interest until my next vacation). The problem though is that Tangerine does not have physical branches and so I was stuck with the cash. 

I figured that I could transfer the money from the RBC U.S. High Interest eSavings account into the Tangerine’s USD Savings Account. To achieve this you need to add the RBC U.S. High Interest eSavings account as an external account in Tangerine. This is the link where you can do that: https://www.tangerine.ca/app/#/settings/external-accounts (you will need to log in with your credentials)

As part of the process Tangerine would make two small deposits into the RBC U.S. High Interest eSavings account and you’ll need to type those numbers into the linked-to-be external account in Tangerine. Be careful to enter the right numbers (do not make a typo) and a second later you would have added/linked the RBC account as an external account in Tangerine.

After this simply “Move Money” from the RBC U.S. High Interest eSavings account into the Tangerine’s USD Savings Account. It should take a few days for the money to be transferred from one institution to the other.

I know this works, because I did it myself a week ago. 

Why did I bother? Well the RBC U.S. High Interest eSavings account has an interest rate of 0.25% while the Tangerine’s USD Savings Account offers at this time 0.80%. Also, Tangerine offers US Dollar Guaranteed Investment (US$ GIC) that I wanted to use. I actually locked the cash for 6 months at an interest rate of 1.75%. I know I won’t need this cash for at least another 6 months; so that’s why I picked the 6 month term. Not sure why Tangerine does not publicly posts the rates of the US$ GICs under one year; but Tangerine offers those as well. 

They had as of today:
  • 90 days US$ GIC   – 1.00%
  • 180 days US$ GIC – 1.75%
  • 270 days US$ GIC – 2.00%
All other terms and interests rates can be found here: https://www.tangerine.ca/en/rates/index.html

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