7 ASX 200 large-cap shares offering better yields than savings accounts

RateCity says there are now nine savings accounts on its panel paying 5.5% interest or more per annum.

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It's been a long time since savings accounts offered interest rates remotely close to the yields of the biggest and most reliable ASX 200 dividend shares.

This is because the official cash rates of the world's largest economies had been trending down for more than a decade before last year's hiking cycle began in response to rising inflation.

During that period of falling rates between 2011 and 2022, the interest rates on many savings accounts barely covered the Reserve Bank of Australia's targeted annual inflation band of 2% to 3%.

In short, it made cash a pretty useless investment vehicle for a while.

Now, times have changed.

RateCity recently announced it has nine savings accounts on its panel paying interest rates of 5.5% or more.

This is especially interesting given inflation in Australia has been falling and is currently tracking at 5.2%.

Even if cash investment yields are now above inflation, there are no prospects for capital growth. And the yield you'll receive each year will barely maintain your spending power at the level it's at today.

The best ASX 200 dividend shares offer high and growing yields, and potential for a bit of capital growth.

The most reliable ASX 200 dividend shares are typically large-cap stocks. This is because they represent well-established businesses that can deliver strong revenue in any sort of economic backdrop.

The large-cap shares of the ASX 200 have a minimum market capitalisation of $10 billion.

ASX 200 dividend shares offering better yields than 5.5%

Here are seven ASX 200 large-cap shares with trailing dividend yields that are significantly higher than the 5.5% you can currently get investing cash in the bank.

Bear in mind that trailing dividend yields are based on the dividend amounts paid in the previous year.

Dividend amounts are determined by profits. Some companies' earnings fluctuate significantly from year to year based on moving variables like commodity prices.

Woodside Energy Group Ltd (ASX: WDS)9.4%339.74 cents
Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (ASX: FMG)8.1%175 cents
APA Group (ASX: APA) 6.7%55 cents
Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC)6.2%134 cents
ANZ Group Holdings Ltd (ASX: ANZ)6%155 cents
Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS) 6.1%25 cents
BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP)5.7%261.43 cents
Yields on these ASX 200 dividend shares have been calculated based on share prices at the time of writing

Motley Fool contributor Bronwyn Allen has positions in Anz Group, BHP Group, Fortescue Metals Group, Westpac Banking Corporation, and Woodside Energy Group. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended Apa Group. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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