Identifying the best CD rates
It is important to think through how best to use a certificate of deposit in your overall financial plan, but it starts with understanding your goals and how a CD can help you reach them. Interest rates change constantly, so having up-to-date rate information is critical to identifying the best CD rates and terms to make the most of your investment. We have made the whole process easier in a convenient page that is updated weekly with the most current interest rates.
Different strategies can help you capitalize on fluctuating interest rates too.
A CD ladder can help you maintain a relatively constant income no matter how current CD rates change. A parallel CD strategy can help you maintain some accessibility to your funds during the term. Richard Barrington's post can help you understand how to find the right CD but do shop for the highest CD rates and terms regularly to maximize your return. Bookmark this page as well so you can easily come back to our table to check rates and terms as often as you want.
Current certificate of deposit rates
An online account is arguably one of the most convenient ways to manage CDs and, generally speaking, online banks offer higher rates than traditional brick-and-mortar institutions. The following listings of online banks are updated weekly too, and a little more information about each bank is given next to each listing as well. Credit unions and savings associations are also sources of CDs and other deposit accounts.
A certificate of deposit, or CD, is a deposit account that is generally considered a very low-risk investment. You might also hear it described as a time deposit because it is not a liquid asset that can be accessed on demand. Instead, the amounts deposited into a CD are expected to remain untouched for a specific period of time, which is the term of the CD. In exchange, the bank will pay you a fixed rate of interest.
Example investment: You put $10,000 in a 5-year certificate of deposit at an interest rate of 1.75%. At the end of five years, with interest compounded daily, you would have $10,914.
Early withdrawal penalty – The full value of the CD (your principal plus the interest earned) is accessible when the term has been reached; however, there is usually a penalty if you withdraw your funds before the end of the term. This means that the bank will keep a portion of the interest earned, which could also cut into the original principal balance if the CD has not accrued enough interest to satisfy the entire penalty yet.
For example, if a depositor wishes to close a one-year CD account after two months but the bank's policy states that an early withdrawal penalty equal to three months' interest would be due in that event, then the bank will dip into the depositor's principal balance to make up for the shortfall between the interest earned and the penalty. Early withdrawal penalties vary from bank to bank, and this is another important item to consider as you shop for the best CD rates and open your new account.
Fixed interest rates – Even though interest rates change regularly, banks usually offer a fixed interest rate that doesn't fluctuate, allowing you to lock in that particular rate for the entire term of your CD. Banks are willing to fix the interest rate, which is generally higher for certificates of deposit than for most savings accounts, because the funds remain on deposit with the bank untouched for that specific period of time. (In general, the longer the term, the higher the interest rate for a CD.)
FDIC insurance – The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insures most certificates of deposit so that the balance of your CD will be paid to you even if the banking institution becomes insolvent for some reason. The standard deposit insurance coverage limit is $250,000 per depositor, but it is important to verify the amount of FDIC insurance that applies to the particular CD accounts you open.
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