The Best IRA CD Rates – September 2019

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Perhaps you’ve decided to build a CD ladder within your IRA, or maybe you’re looking for a safe way to store your retirement cash for a specific period of time. Whatever the reason, you’re interested in getting an IRA CD and, understandably, want to know what products will give you the best rate of return.

You can get an IRA CD with terms ranging from three months to more than six years, with interest rates generally increasing with the term length. There are lots of options, so we’ve rounded up the top IRA CD rates that are available right now for a variety of terms. You’ll select your IRA CD terms based on your CD-ladder master plan or whenever you’ll need access to your money.

Every month, we choose the best IRA CD rates using data from another LendingTree company, a database of offerings at more than 17,100 banks and credit unions. We sorted the products by APY, then eliminated institutions with a health rating below a B. We then eliminated products that are not available nationwide. From there, we chose the IRA CD with the highest APY among products with a minimum deposit no greater than $5,000. Here are the best options.

The best IRA rates in September 2019




Minimum Deposit Amount

3 months




6 months

CommunityWide Federal Credit Union



12 months

State Department Federal Credit Union



18 months

Capital One



2 years

MAC Federal Credit Union



3 years

Hughes Federal Credit Union



4 years

State Department Federal Credit Union



5 years

State Department Federal Credit Union



6+ years

Evansville Teachers FCU




Best 3-month IRA CD — TIAA Bank Yield Pledge IRA (Traditional, Roth)

3 Month Yield Pledge IRA from TIAA Bank
TIAA Bank offers customers a 3-month yield pledge CD that’s also eligible for IRA protection. Savers can expect an APY of 1.95%, with a minimum deposit of $5,000.


on TIAA Bank’s secure website

Member FDIC

Best 6-month IRA CD — CommunityWide Federal Credit Union (Traditional, Roth)

6 Month IRA from Communitywide Federal Credit Union
CommunityWide Federal Credit Union is offering the highest rate available on 6-month IRA CDs at 2.35% APY for deposits of $1,000 and over. That translates into earnings of $11.71 if you were only to deposit the minimum amount. Compare that to the average of all regular 6-month CDs, at 0.91%.


on Communitywide Federal Credit Union’s secure website

NCUA Insured

Best 1-year IRA CD — State Department Federal Credit Union (Traditional, Roth)

12 Month IRA Certificate from State Department Federal Credit UnionThis one-year term share certificate earns an APY of 2.63% and only requires a minimum deposit of $500. This is a significantly higher rate than the credit union’s traditional one-year share certificate, which earns an APY of 2.42%. If you deposited $1,000, that would earn you $26.30 by the time the account matured.


on State Department Federal Credit Union’s secure website

NCUA Insured

Best 18-month IRA CD — Capital One 360 IRA CD (Traditional, Roth, CESA)

18 Month 360 IRA from Capital OneCapital One’s 18-month 360 IRA CD can earn you a competitive rate of 1.90% APY. There’s no minimum deposit to open a CD or start earning interest, although the penalty for making an early withdrawal is six months of interest — no matter when you redeem the account prior to maturity. As the online banking side of Capital One, Capital One 360 tends to offer higher rates than the bank’s conventional CDs.


on Capital One’s secure website

Member FDIC

Best 2-year IRA CD — MAC Federal Credit Union (Traditional, Roth)

24 Month IRA from MAC Federal Credit Union Headquartered in Fairbanks, AK, MAC Federal Credit Union’s 2-year IRA share certificate earns 2.80% APY with a minimum deposit of $1,000. This IRA share certificate is available for a Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. Membership in this credit union is open to anyone who joins the Polar Bear Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, which costs $40 for a two-year membership.


on MAC Federal Credit Union’s secure website

NCUA Insured

Best 3-year IRA CD — Hughes Federal Credit Union (Traditional, Roth, SEP)

36 Month IRA from Hughes Federal Credit UnionThis credit union based in Arizona allows anyone in the country to qualify for membership provided they make a $10 donation to one of several associations, including Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library, Friends of the Pima County Public Library, Friends of Green Valley Library, and Friends of Kirk-Bear Canyon Library. The high APY and relatively low minimum deposit makes this IRA CD a great choice.


on Hughes Federal Credit Union’s secure website

NCUA Insured

Best 4-year IRA CD — State Department Federal Credit Union (Traditional, Roth)

48 Month IRA Certificate from State Department Federal Credit Union State Department FCU continues to dominate the longer-term IRA CDs with its 48-month CD, boasting a rate of 2.93% APY. As with all State


on State Department Federal Credit Union’s secure website

NCUA Insured

Best 5-year IRA CD — State Department Federal Credit Union (Traditional, Roth)

60 Month IRA Certificate from State Department Federal Credit UnionThe State Department FCU, a regular fixture of these lists, doesn’t disappoint with its 5-year IRA CD rates offering a high APY with a low minimum balance requirement of $500.


on State Department Federal Credit Union’s secure website

NCUA Insured

Best 6-year IRA CD — Evansville Teachers FCU (Traditional, Roth, CESSA)

6 Year IRA from Evansville Teachers Federal Credit UnionTo join this credit union, you may make a $5 donation to the Mater Dei Friends & Alumni Association. You may want to strongly consider doing so, as the 6-year IRA CD rate offered by Evansville FCU is the best on the market in terms of APY. Plus, it only requires a minimum balance of $1,000.


on Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union’s secure website

NCUA Insured

3 questions to consider before opening an IRA CD

Opening an IRA CD generally requires filling out a form or talking to a banker. You’ll have to have a way to fund your IRA CD, whether that’s rolling over an existing retirement account into an IRA CD or depositing cash into the product. The same limits that apply to IRA contributions apply to IRA CDs: $5,500 per year ($6,500 if you’re over age 50) of your own money across all your IRA accounts each year, and you can do a rollover once per year.

Unless you’ve invested in a bump-up IRA CD, you won’t be able to take advantage of a higher rate until your CD matures. Withdrawing funds from an IRA CD before they mature will result in a stiff penalty. Bump-up IRA CDs give you a chance to increase your interest rate to a higher level if it’s available, but you’re generally only allowed to do this once or twice during the life of the CD.

You can either use the direct-transfer method or the indirect-transfer method. The direct transfer method requires setting up your new IRA account filling out a form authorizing the bank or credit union to transfer money from the old account into the new account. The indirect transfer method involves you asking for a check from your old IRA account. You have up to 60 days to deposit that check into your IRA CD to avoid incurring a penalty.

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