BlockFi Interest Rates March 2022 Update (up to 8.00% APY)

BlockFi Interest Account (BIA) rates are changing! You’ll now earn up to an 8.00% APY interest rate. See what you can earn by holding your crypto at BlockFi!

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Earning Interest with BlockFi

BlockFi allows you to earn interest on all your cryptocurrency holdings through their BlockFi Interest Account (BIA).

I was originally interested in BlockFi because they offer new users a crypto bonus of up to $250 BTC for joining. I was planning to close my account once the bonus posted.

Not only did I keep the account open, I transferred $20,000 into it when I found out that I can earn an 8.60% interest rate. It’s like a supercharged savings account for a portion of my available cash.

If you’re interested, I wrote an entire post about my experience earning interest with BlockFi.

BlockFi Interest Rates

BlockFi is updating its rates and tiers starting on March 1, 2022 for holdings in the BlockFi Interest Account (BIA). This will affect the following cryptocurrencies:

  • Bitcoin (BTC)
  • Ether (ETH)
  • Litecoin (LTC)
  • Chainlink (LINK)
  • PAX Gold (PAXG)
  • Basic Attention Token (BAT)
  • Uniswap (UNI)
  • Stablecoins (BUSD, DAI, GUSD, PAX, USDC and USDT)

BlockFi continually adjusts rates based on market dynamics. Their goal is to properly manage risks while maximizing earning opportunities for BlockFi Interest Account customers.

That means that sometimes it goes down a little – and that’s okay. I know BlockFi is trying to build a sustainable business so we all win in the end. Other times, they bump up the rates and we earn more on our crypto holdings (wahoo!).

I’m happy to report that this interest rate update is going to benefit the majority of customers.

Tier 1 rates for all cryptocurrencies are increasing while the tier amounts will also be adjusted. According to BlockFi, close to 75% of customers will see an increase in their APY.

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BlockFi Interest Account Rates Update

BlockFi will make the following adjustments starting February 1, 2022:

Stablecoin Updates

The following rate table applies to all USD-backed stablecoins including BUSD, DAI, GUSD, PAX, and USDC (for international customers, USDT has a separate interest rate table):

CURRENCYNEW AMOUNTNEW APYFORMER AMOUNTFORMER APY
Tier 1 Stablecoinsup to 20,0008.00%up to 40,0009%
Tier 2 Stablecoins20,000 to 10,000,0007.00%>40,000 & above8%
Tier 3 Stablecoinsover 10,000,0005.50%N/AN/A

USDT Updates

The following rate table applies to USDT (USDT is only available for international customers):

CURRENCYNEW AMOUNTNEW APYFORMER AMOUNTFORMER APY
Tier 1 USDTup to 20,0008.00%up to 40,0009.25%
Tier 2 USDT20,000 to 10,000,0007.00%>40,000 & above8.25%
Tier 3 USDTover 10,000,0005.50%N/AN/A

Bitcoin Updates

CURRENCYNEW AMOUNTNEW APYFORMER AMOUNTFORMER APY
Tier 1 BTCup to 0.10 BTC4.5%up to 0.25 BTC4%
Tier 2 BTC>0.10 to 0.35 BTC1.0%>0.25 to 5 BTC1.5%
Tier 3 BTC>0.35 BTC & above0.1%>5 BTC & above0.25%

Ether Updates

CURRENCYNEW AMOUNTNEW APYFORMER AMOUNTFORMER APY
Tier 1 ETHup to 1.5 ETH5%up to 5 ETH4%
Tier 2 ETH>1.5 ETH to 5 ETH1.5%>5 to 50 ETH1.5%
Tier 3 ETH>5 ETH & above0.25%>50 ETH & above0.25%

Litecoin Updates

CURRENCYNEW AMOUNTNEW APYFORMER AMOUNTFORMER APY
Tier 1 LTCup to 20 LTC3.5%up to 20 LTC4.75%
Tier 2 LTC>20 to 100 LTC1%>20 LTC to 100 LTC1%
Tier 3 LTC>100 LTC & above0.1%>100 LTC & above0.1%
CURRENCYNEW AMOUNTNEW APYFORMER AMOUNTFORMER APY
Tier 1 LINKup to 100 LINK2.5%up to 100 LINK3.5%
Tier 2 LINK>100 to 500 LINK0.2%>100 to 500 LINK0.5%
Tier 3 LINK>500 LINK & above0.1%>500 LINK & above0.1%

PAX Gold Updates

CURRENCYNEW AMOUNTNEW APYFORMER AMOUNTFORMER APY
Tier 1 PAXGup to 1.5 PAXG3.25%up to 5 PAXG2%
Tier 2 PAXG>1.5 to 5 PAXG0.2%>5 PAXG & above0.5%
Tier 3 PAXG>5 PAXG & above0.1%N/AN/A

Basic Attention Token Updates

CURRENCYNEW AMOUNTNEW APYFORMER AMOUNTFORMER APY
Tier 1 BATup to 4,000 BAT1%up to 25,0000 BAT3.25%
Tier 2 BAT>4,000 to 20,000 BAT0.2%>25,000 BAT & above0.2%
Tier 3 BAT>20,000 BAT & above0.1%N/A0.1%

Uniswap Updates

CURRENCYNEW AMOUNTNEW APYFORMER AMOUNTFORMER APY
Tier 1 UNIup to 100 UNI3.25%up to 750 UNI1.6%
Tier 2 UNI>100 to 500 UNI0.2%>750 UNI & above0.5%
Tier 3 UNI>500 UNI & above0.1%N/AN/A

Dogecoin Updates

CURRENCYNEW AMOUNTNEW APYFORMER AMOUNTFORMER APY
Tier 1 DOGEno limit2.00%N/AN/A

Algorand Updates

CURRENCYNEW AMOUNTNEW APYFORMER AMOUNTFORMER APY
Tier 1 ALGOno limit2.50%N/AN/A

Bitcoin Cash Updates

CURRENCYNEW AMOUNTNEW APYFORMER AMOUNTFORMER APY
Tier 1 BCHno limit4.50%N/AN/A

The Bottom Line

Overall, this is an expected rate adjustment which happens from time to time based on market conditions. I’ll make some tweaks on my end since the amount that I can earn the highest interest on has changed.

Currently, I have $40,000 in GUSD (a stablecoin). You can see from the stablecoin interest chart that I was earning 9% APY on my entire GUSD holdings:

CURRENCYNEW AMOUNTNEW APYFORMER AMOUNTFORMER APY
Tier 1 Stablecoinsup to 20,0008.00%up to 40,0009.00%
Tier 2 Stablecoins20,000 to 10,000,0007.00%>40,000 & above8.00%
Tier 3 Stablecoinover 10,000,0005.50%N/AN/A

Now I’ll be earning 8.00% APY which is still great, but the maximum amount earned at that rate is $20,000 before it drops to 7.00% APY.

So what am I going to do?

I’ll withdraw $20,000 of that so that all of my GUSD will earn at the full Tier 1 rate of 8.00%. Then, I’ll create a new BlockFi account for my wife and deposit the $20,000 I took out from my account.

That way, she’ll get the BlockFi sign-up bonus and we’ll continue to earn the full 8.00% APY interest rate too!

Maximizing your finances – that’s The Money Ninja way 🙂

About John Pham

John Pham is a personal finance expert, serial entrepreneur, and founder of The Money Ninja. He has also been fortunate enough to have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report. John has a B.S. in Entrepreneurship and a Masters in Business Administration, both from the University of New Hampshire.

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Bailey
Bailey
2 years ago

Hi, I just made an account for Blockfi to get the bonus. I’m trying to see what is the smartest amount to put in a Tier 1 / GUSD if I put in the next few days. I’ve never done this so I’m trying to make sure what amount I should put in and where I should place it I can risk leaving it sit for years, vs keeping it in my vanguard account. I want to earn the most interest and how much risk?

Please advise.

Bailey