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The Best CD Rates – August 2018

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Updated August 14, 2018

If you are looking for a better yield on your savings, a high rate CD (certificate of deposit) offered by an online bank could be a good option. Internet-only banks offer much better interest rates than traditional banks. For example, a 12-month CD at Bank of America would require a $10,000 minimum deposit and would pay only 0.07%. At an online bank, you could earn 2.40% with no minimum deposit. (If you would rather get a savings account or money market with no time restriction, look at the best savings accounts or best money market accounts).

The Best CD Rates in August 2018

This list is updated monthly, and competition continues to intensify. Here are the accounts with some of the best CD rates:

Term

Institution

APY

Minimum Deposit Amount

 

1 year

CIT Bank

2.50%

$1,000

2.50% APY on a 12-month CD.

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Member FDIC

2 years

CD Bank

3.00%

$10,000

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on CD Bank’s secure website

3 years

Citizens Access

3.00%

$5,000

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on Citizens Access’s secure website

5 years

KS StateBank

3.37%

$500

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on KS StateBank’s secure website

See a full list of the best CD rates below.

  • 6 months – 6 years: Goldman Sachs Bank USA – 0.60% APY – 3.10% APY; $500 minimum deposit

Goldman Sachs Bank USA
Our advertiser Marcus by Goldman Sachs is the online consumer bank of Goldman Sachs Bank USA (the large investment bank). Your funds are FDIC insured, and Goldman offers very competitive rates. Even better: there is only a $500 minimum deposit. So, if you don’t have enough money to meet the minimum deposit of the other banks on this list, or you are looking for another bank for your savings, GS is a good option. It also doesn’t hurt that they also offer some of the best CD rates in the market today. Here are their rates:

  • 6-month: 0.60% APY
  • 9-month: 0.70% APY
  • 12-month: 2.45% APY
  • 18-month: 2.45% APY
  • 2-year: 2.50% APY
  • 3-year: 2.55% APY
  • 5-year: 3.00% APY
  • 6-year: 3.10% APY

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Member FDIC

  • 3 months – 5 years: Synchrony Bank – 0.75% APY – 3.00% APY; $2,000 minimum deposit

Synchrony Bank
Synchrony used to be a part of GE, and now has an online bank that pays competitive rates. The online deposits are used to fund their store credit card portfolio – and the company is publicly traded. Your deposit will be insured up to the FDIC limit. In a rising rate environment, this is a great way to get a high interest rate without locking yourself into a long term.

  • 3-months: 0.75% APY
  • 6-months: 1.00% APY
  • 9-months: 1.25% APY
  • 12-months: 2.45% APY
  • 13-months: 2.65% APY
  • 18-months: 2.55% APY
  • 24-months: 2.65% APY
  • 36-months: 2.70% APY
  • 48-months: 2.80% APY
  • 60-months: 3.00% APY

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on Synchrony Bank’s secure website

Member FDIC

  • 1 year – 5 years: Barclays Bank – 2.45% – 3.00% APY, no minimum deposit

12 Month Online CD from Barclays Barclays is one of the oldest banks in the world. Although they’re based in London, they do have a U.S. presence and offer competitive rates on their CDs and savings account. Currently, they’re offering some of the highest CD rates in the market, and they have an edge over the rest of the institutions on this list: they don’t require a minimum balance to earn the APY or open an account. Deposit as little or as much as you’d like into a term of your choice and you can start earning interest as long as the account is funded within 14 days of opening the CD. Additionally, your funds are insured through the FDIC.

  • 1-year: 2.45% APY
  • 2-year: 2.50% APY
  • 3-year: 2.55% APY
  • 4-year: 2.65% APY
  • 5-year: 3.00% APY

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on Barclays’s secure website

Member FDIC

  • 3 months – 5 years: Ally Bank – 0.75% APY – 2.75% APY; $0 minimum deposit (higher APY with higher deposit)

Ally Bank
Ally is one of the largest internet-only banks in the country. Ally’s former advertising campaign made it very clear: no branches = higher rates. And Ally has consistently paid some of the highest rates in the country across savings accounts, money market accounts and CDs. For savers with fewer funds, Ally is unique. There is no minimum deposit to open a CD. However, if you have more money, you can earn a higher APY. If you have more than $25,000 to deposit, you can earn between 0.75% APY and 3.00% APY. And one of our favorite features of Ally: they often (although not always) offer preferential rates on renewal. Far too often banks give the biggest bonuses to new customers, but Ally has done a good job of rewarding its existing customers. All deposits at Ally are FDIC insured up to the legal limit.

  • 3-months: 0.75% APY (less than $5k); 0.75% APY ($5k minimum deposit) and 0.75% APY ($25k minimum deposit)
  • 6-months: 1.00% APY (less than $5k); 1.00% APY ($5k minimum deposit) and 1.00% APY ($25k minimum deposit)
  • 9-months: 1.25% APY (less than $5k); 1.25% APY ($5k minimum deposit) and 1.25% APY ($25k minimum deposit)
  • 12-months: 2.10% APY (less than $5k); 2.25% APY ($5k minimum deposit) and 2.40% APY ($25k minimum deposit)
  • 18-months: 2.15% APY (less than $5k); 2.35% APY ($5k minimum deposit) and 2.50% APY ($25k minimum deposit)
  • 3-year: 2.50% APY (less than $5k); 2.55% APY ($5k minimum deposit) and 2.55% APY ($25k minimum deposit)
  • 5-year: 2.75% APY (less than $5k); 2.90% APY ($5k minimum deposit) and 3.00% APY ($25k minimum deposit)

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on Ally Bank’s secure website

Member FDIC

  • 12-Month CD: CIT Bank – 2.50% APY, $1,000 minimum deposit

1-Year Term CD from CIT BankCIT Bank is a bank subsidiary of the publicly traded financial holding company, CIT. Established in 2009, the bank has quickly grown to procure over $42 billion in assets. They’re currently offering one of the highest CD rates available. With $1,000 minimum deposit amount, you can earn a 2.50% APY on a 12-month CD.

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Member FDIC

  • 1-Year CD from a Credit Union: PenFed Credit Union – 2.45% APY, $1,000 minimum deposit

12 Month Money Market Certificate from PenFed Credit UnionPenFed is a credit union that offers very competitive interest rates. You need to join the credit union in order to benefit from their products. If you have a military or government affiliation, it is free to join. Otherwise, you would need to join an organization like Voices for America’s Troops, which costs $17.00. Once you are a member, you can open PenFed products (including this certificate) online. Your deposit would be insured by the NCUA, which is the National Credit Union Administration. There is a $1,000 minimum deposit for the one-year certificate.

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on PenFed Credit Union’s secure website

NCUA Insured

  • 2-Year CD: CD Bank – 3.00% APY, $10,000 minimum deposit

24 Month CD from CD BankCD Bank is the online division of TBK Bank, which is located in Dallas, Texas. With the help of TBK Bank’s backing, the two institutions have over $3 billion in assets. Currently, CD Bank is offering a 24-month CD with a 3.00% APY. There is a steep minimum deposit amount of $10,000, but your deposit is FDIC-insured.

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  • 2-Year CD from a Credit Union: Communitywide Federal Credit Union – 2.90% APY, $2,000 minimum deposit

24 Month Share Certificate from Communitywide Federal Credit UnionCommunityWide Federal Credit Union was established in 1967 to provide quality financial services to those residing on the west side of South Bend, IN. Today, the credit union operates similarly even though they’ve expanded their footprint in Michigan. Thanks to their online services, however, their able to service customers nationwide. Anyone can become a member of this credit union if they are a donor member of one of their partner organizations, such as the Y.M.C.A. Once you become a member, you can apply for their 24 month CD. You’ll need to deposit $2,000 in order to earn their outstanding 2.90% APY. This account can be managed online or through their mobile app. Deposits made to Communitywide Federal Credit Union are insured by the NCUA.

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  • 3-Year CD: Citizens Access – 3.00% APY, $5000 minimum deposit

Citizens Access
Citizens Access is an online divison of Citizens Bank. While this online bank was recently developed, Citizens Bank has been around for quite some time and has acquired over $122 billion in assets. The online bank is also FDIC insured through Citizens Bank’s. Citizens Access joined the space ready to compete with seasoned online banks by offering highly competitive rates on their products. Currently, they’re offering a 3-year CD with a 3.00% APY. You’ll need a minimum deposit amount of $5000 to open the CD. Their website is easy to use on a desktop, tablet, or mobile device.

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  • 3-Year CD from a Credit Union: Greenwood Credit Union, 3.25% APY, $1,000 minimum deposit

Greenwood Credit Union
Greenwood Credit Union is open to anyone and everyone. The only requirement to become a member with this credit union is to open their Share Savings Account with a minimum deposit amount of $5. You’ll also have to maintain that amount in the account to remain an active member. When you go to apply for membership, you can also add that you want to open their 30 month CD. You’ll need to deposit $1,000 in order to earn their outstanding 3.25% APY. This deposit will be in addition to the $5 to open the Share Savings Account. Accounts can be managed online or through their mobile app. Deposits made to Greenwood Credit Union are insured by the NCUA.

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  • 5-Year CD: KS StateBank – 3.37% APY, $500 minimum deposit

5 Year CD from KS StateBankOnce again KS StateBank lands a top spot on our list. Its 5-year CD has an APY of 3.37%, which is one of the highest currently available. You’ll only need $500 to deposit to open the account.

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  • 5-Year CD from a Credit Union: CommunityWide Federal Credit Union – 3.30% APY, $2,000 minimum deposit

60 Month Share Certificate from Communitywide Federal Credit UnionCommunityWide Federal Credit Union also makes another appearance on our list with their 60-month CD. With a $2,000 minimum deposit, you could earn a 3.30% APY.

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3 Questions To Ask Before You Open A CD

1. Should I just open an online savings account instead?

With a CD, the saver and the bank make stronger commitments. The saver promises to keep the funds in the account for a specified period of time. In exchange, the bank guarantees the interest rate during the term of the CD. The longer the term, the higher the interest rate – and the higher the penalty for closing the CD early. With a savings account, there are few promises. You can empty the account without paying a penalty and the bank can change the interest rate at any time.

If you have a high level of confidence that you do not need to touch the money for a specified period of time, a CD is a much better deal. However, if you think you might need to use the money in the next couple of months, a savings account is a much better idea.

You can earn a lot more interest with a CD. Imagine you have $10,000 and know that you do not need to touch the money for two years. In a high-yield savings account earning 1.60%, you would earn $322.56 over two years. If you put that money into a 2.51% CD, you would earn $508.30. Given the ease of switching to an online CD, the extra interest income is easy money.

2. What term should I select?

The early withdrawal penalties on CDs can be significant. On a 1-year CD, 90 days is a typical penalty. And on 2 and 3 year CDs, a 6-month penalty is common. The impact of the penalty on your return can be significant. If you opened a one-year CD with a 2.20% APY and closed it after six months, you would forfeit half of the interest and earned only 1.11%. You would have been better off with a savings account paying 1.60%.

The worst case scenario is with the longest CDs. 5-year CDs usually have a one-year penalty for taking out funds early. If you open a 5-year CD and close it quickly, you could actually end up losing money.

Given the early penalties, you need complete confidence that you will not need to withdrawal the money early. Ask yourself this question: “do I have 90% confidence that I will not need access to the cash during the CD term?” If you don’t have confidence, go for a shorter term or a savings account.

3. Should I consider my local bank or credit union?

The interest rates shown in this article are all from online banks that offer products nationally. Our product database includes traditional banks, community banks and credit unions. If traditional banks offered better rates, they would have been featured in this article. The internet-only banks have dramatically better interest rates. That should not be surprising. Because internet-only banks do not have branches, they are able to pass along their cost savings to you in the form of higher interest rates.

However, you can always visit your local bank or credit union and ask them to beat the rates listed in this article. The chance of getting a better deal is extremely low (remember that Bank of America is only paying 0.07%), but you can try.

How To Find The Best Account

If you don’t find an account that meets your needs in this article, you can use the MagnifyMoney CD tool to find the best rate for your individual needs. Input your zip code, deposit amount and term. The tool will then provide you with CD options, from the highest APY to the lowest.

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The Best Credit Union CD Rates – August 2018

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The top credit union CD rates
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Certificates of deposit (CDs) are a great way to safely store your savings at a financial institution, as they offer a guaranteed rate of return, and CD rates tend to be higher than those on traditional savings accounts. Maybe you’ve even heard that credit union CD rates offer higher returns—but is that really the case?

On average, yes. As of June 2018, the average one-year credit union CD had a 0.92% annual percentage yield (APY), compared to the 0.75% APY average among one-year bank CDs.

Using data from DepositAccounts.com, another LendingTree company, we identified the top one-year credit union CD rates, as of August 10, 2018. We then eliminated any credit union with a health rating lower than a B and identified the top three offerings in three categories: restricted, no cost, and best banking app. If there was a tie by APY, we went with the product with the lower minimum deposit. Here are the best one-year credit union CD rates.

Best CD rates for credit unions with no cost to join

The thing about credit unions is that they’re not usually just open to anyone. You usually need to meet some membership criteria in order to get in and get access to all of their really nice products. These credit unions, however, will let you in for free regardless of your personal details. (Note: Only two credit unions met our criteria for this list.)

Unify Financial Credit Union – 1-Year Share Certificate, 1.75% APY, min. deposit $1,000

UNIFY Financial Credit Union
Unify FCU offers the highest interest rates on CDs (which it calls share certificates) of any credit union with no cost to join. The interest rate on their 12-month CD, for example, is 1.75%, compared to the national average of 0.92% in June. You would earn $17.50 on a $1,000 deposit. If you withdraw your money early, however, you’ll face a penalty of 90 days’ worth of interest.

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NASA Federal Credit Union – 1-Year Share Certificate, 1.00% APY, min. deposit $1,000

NASA Federal Credit Union
If the rigid inflexibility of CDs makes you leery, NASA FCU might be your best bet. They have a lot of flexible certificates, such as add-on certificates that let you start with as little as $250, and bump-rate certificates that let you opt for a one-time interest rate increase if rates go up. You can even take out a loan from your certificate should you need the cash before it’s matured. You can join NASA FCU with a complimentary membership to the National Space Society.

If you do need to make an early withdrawal, you will face a penalty of 180 days’ worth of interest.

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Best credit union CD rates with restricted memberships or membership fees

Each of these credit unions have restricted membership criteria, but don’t let that scare you away. If you don’t meet their membership criteria, it’s possible to make a small donation to their charity of choice in order to become eligible for membership. Furthermore, these credit union CD rates offer some of the highest-returning share certificates out of any category.

USAlliance Financial – 12 Month CD, 2.50% APY, min. deposit $500

USALLIANCE Financial
Membership to USAlliance Financial is open to anyone who lives, works or worships in certain counties of Massachusetts, the city of West Haven, Conn., and a few districts in New York. However, if you don’t qualify by location, you can qualify by giving USAlliance authorization to make you a member of various organizations, including the American Consumer Council, if you aren’t already a member of these organizations. Keep in mind that these organizations may request fees.

Once you’re a member of USAlliance Financial, you can open a 12-month CD with a minimum of $500. Their early withdrawal penalty equals 180 days’ worth of interest earned on the amount you withdraw.

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on USALLIANCE Financial’s secure website

CommunityWide Federal Credit Union – 12 Month CD, 2.50% APY, min. deposit $2,000

Communitywide Federal Credit Union
Membership to CommunityWide Federal Credit Union is open to members of the Michiana Goodwill Boosters or Marine Corps. of St. Joseph Valley. However, if you’re not a member of either of those organizations, you can qualify by becoming a donor member of select organizations such as the Y.M.C.A.

Once you’re a member of CommunityWide Federal Credit Union, you can open a 12-month CD with a minimum of $2,000. Their early withdrawal penalty equals the withdrawn amount multiplied by the number of days that remain in the term.

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on Communitywide Federal Credit Union’s secure website

Connexus Credit Union – 12 Month Certificate, 2.50% APY, min. deposit $5,000

12 Month Certificate from Connexus Credit Union With a $5 donation to the Connexus Association, anyone can join Connexus Credit Union. The Connexus Association assists educational institutions by providing scholarships and financial information. Once you become a member of the credit union, you’ll be able to open their 12 month CD with a $5,000 deposit.

If you’re able to deposit $5,000 into Connexus’s 12 month CD, you’ll earn $125 by the end of the term. However, if you withdraw funds early, you’ll be penalized with 90 days’ worth of interest.

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on Connexus Credit Union’s secure website

PenFed Credit Union – 1-Year Money Market Certificate, 2.45% APY, min. deposit $1,000

PenFed Credit Union
PenFed has an outstanding APY of 2.45%. With a minimum deposit of $1,000, you could earn $24.50 in one year. Interest is compounded daily and posts to accounts monthly. However, be aware of the steep early withdrawal penalty. If you withdraw funds before the year is up, you may forfeit all interest accrued up to that point.

Eligibility for this credit union is mainly based on military status, governmental employment status, affiliation with certain associations and organizations or relation to eligible members. However, if you don’t qualify through those criteria, getting a membership to this credit union is not difficult if you’re willing to pay a one-time fee of $17 to either Voices for America’s Troops or the National Military Family Association.

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on PenFed Credit Union’s secure website

NCUA Insured

Alliant Credit Union – 12-17 Month Share CD, 2.40% APY, min. deposit $25,000

Alliant Credit Union
 With a minimum deposit of $1,000, you could earn an APY of 2.35% on a 12-17 month CD. If you deposit $25,000 or more, you would be able to earn an APY of 2.40% with the same term. An early withdrawal penalty of 90 days’ worth of interest may be imposed if you withdraw funds prior to the CD’s maturity date.

With a $10 donation to Foster Care to Success, you can easily become a member of Alliant Credit Union. You can also become a member if you are an employee or retiree of certain organizations, related to existing Alliant members, or live or work in qualifying communities.

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on Alliant Credit Union’s secure website

Best CD rates for credit unions with the best mobile apps

By their very nature, CDs aren’t something that require constant attention, poking, and prodding. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it kind of a deal, so you won’t need any spiffy banking apps to use CDs.

But, if you’d like to switch all of your banking to the same institution that holds your CDs, it might be a wise idea to consider one of these credit unions if you’re a digital junkie. Most credit unions lag behind their bank compatriots in terms of mobile banking apps, but these credit unions offer top-notch mobile apps, according to MagnifyMoney’s 2017 mobile banking app analysis.

Redstone Federal Credit Union – 12 Month MemberPlus Regular Share Certificate, 2.19% APY, min. deposit $1,000

Redstone Federal Credit Union
You can’t just make a simple donation to join to Redstone Federal Credit Union if you fail to meet their membership criteria. You need to be a government employee or contractor, a member of the military, reserve, or National Guard, or affiliated with a number of organizations listed on their website among other options.

However, if you do qualify for membership, you could earn an APY of 2.19% with a minimum deposit of $1,000. Redstone FCU has compounding and non-compounding certificates, which allow you to have the option to withdraw interest earned or not throughout the term of the certificate.

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Eastman Credit Union – 1-Year Investment Certificate, 2.00% APY, min. deposit $1,000

Eastman Credit Union
Eastman Credit Union also has pretty restrictive membership requirements. You’ll have to be an employee (or a family member of an employee) of one of their select employers, or live in certain parts of Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia.

Eastman CU is another one of the rare credit unions that allow you to withdraw your dividends penalty-free before the maturity date, although again, doing so will lower your total returns. Currently, you can earn an interest rate of 2.00% on a 12-month CD with a minimum deposit of $1,000. If you withdraw your money before the CD matures, you’ll owe a penalty fee of anywhere between seven days’ worth of dividend earnings or all of your dividend earnings.

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on Eastman Credit Union’s secure website

Wright-Patt Credit Union – 1-Year Certificate, 1.76% APY, min. deposit $500

Wright-Patt Credit Union
Unlike many credit unions, you can’t just make a simple donation to join Wright-Patt CU if you fail to meet their membership criteria. You need to live in certain areas of Ohio, be associated with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, or be an employee of their select employer group, among other options.

You can earn $8.80 on a 12-month CD with just a relatively small $500 deposit. However, if you’re able to deposit $100,000 or more, you’ll earn an APY of 1.87%, which will return $1,870 in interest. Early withdrawal penalties vary depending on the original term of your CD, however they’ll be anywhere between 5-12 months’ worth of dividends.

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Delta Community Credit Union – 1-Year Certificate, 1.25% APY, min. deposit $1,000

Delta Community Credit Union
There are many ways to join Delta Community CU, such as living in certain parts of Georgia, being a member of one of their select employers, or being a member of one of their partner organizations. Interestingly, citizens of many countries like Argentina, France, and Peru are also eligible to join.

Delta Community CU used to be the lowest-earning credit union on our list, but recently increased the APY on this product from 1.10% to 1.25%. The early withdrawal penalty is 90 days’ worth of interest on a 12-month CD.

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3 questions to consider before opening a credit union CD

Banks are more likely to call their products certificates of deposit, while credit unions often refer to them as share certificates. Aside from the name, the biggest difference between the two is that credit unions have higher average annual percentage yields (APYs), as of March 2018. That’s good news: It means more money back in your pocket when the CD matures (i.e., reaches the end of its term and is available for withdrawal).

There really is no difference in safety between depositing money in a CD with a credit union versus a bank, as long as they participate in either the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) for credit unions, or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for banks.

According to Neal Frankle, a Los Angeles-based Certified Financial Planner with Wealth Pilgrim, deposits of up to $250,000 per financial institution are “backed by the full faith and credit of United States Government, so it’s pretty solid.”

For the most part, choosing a CD at a bank or a credit union boils down to your preference as a consumer: Do you want to be a bank customer or a member of a credit union? Here’s a primer on the differences.

The biggest advantage of credit union CDs over bank CDs is that you can likely earn more interest. But with both products, the longer the CD term, the more interest you will earn. And with a CD laddering strategy, you can have the best of both worlds: frequent access to your money, yet you can still keep it locked away in high-interest, long-term CDs.

Beyond that, the disadvantages of opening a credit union CD are the same as if you’re opening a CD with a bank. You can’t access that money without paying an early withdrawal penalty until the CD matures. While CDs do offer some of the highest rates for any financial product you’re likely to come across at a bank or credit union, they still don’t really earn great interest. If you’re investing for the long-term (like retirement savings), your money is better invested in the riskier (but higher-earning) stock or bond market.

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The Best IRA CD Rates – August 2018

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Top IRA CD rates
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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 DepositAccounts.com, a database of offerings at more than 17,100 banks and credit unions. On August 10, 2018, 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. (Average CD rates referenced below are based on DepositAccounts.com data as of August 10, 2018.)

The best IRA rates in August 2018

Term

Institution

APY

Minimum Deposit Amount

3 months

TIAA Bank

1.65%

$5,000

6 months

CommunityWide Federal Credit Union

2.15%

$2,000

12 months

Connexus Credit Union

2.50%

$5,000

18 months

Interior Credit Union

2.68%

$500

2 years

Justice Federal Credit Union

3.25%

$500

3 years

Salem Five

3.00%

$2,000

4 years

CommunityWide Federal Credit Union

3.20%

$2,000

5 years

Achieva Credit Union

4.00%

$500

Rates as of August 10, 2018

3 Month IRA CD – TIAA Bank, 3 Month Yield Pledge IRA (Traditional, Roth)

TIAA Bank
Three-month regular CDs are earning an average interest rate of 0.36% APY currently. EverBank is exceeding that, with an interest rate of 1.65% APY with their 3-Month Yield Pledge IRA CD. With that APY and a $5,000 minimum deposit, you would earn $19.88 when the certificate matures.

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6-Month IRA CD – CommunityWide Credit Union, 6 Month IRA (Traditional, Roth)

Communitywide Federal Credit Union

Six-month IRA CDs typically earn a little bit better, but they’re normally still not great. CommunityWide Federal Credit Union, however, is breaking that norm by offering the highest interest rate at 2.15% APY for deposits of $2,000 and over. That translates into earnings of $21.39 if you were only to deposit the minimum amount. Compare that to the average of all regular 6 month CDs, at 0.63%.

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1-Year IRA CD Rates – Connexus Credit Union, 1 Year IRA (Traditional, Roth, CESA)

Connexus Credit Union

Regular one-year CDs earn an average interest rate of 1.00% APY. Connexus Credit Union, however, is offering a one-year IRA CD at 2.50% APY. You’ll need a $5,000 minimum deposit to earn $125.00 in interest once the CD matures.

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18-Month IRA CD Rates – Interior Federal Credit Union, 18 Month IRA Certificate (Traditional, Roth, CESA)

Interior Federal Credit Union
18-month regular CDs earn an average interest rate of 1.23% APY. Interior Federal Credit Union on the other hand, is currently offering 2.68% APY on an 18-month IRA CD. This would translate into earnings of $20.23 with a minimum $500 deposit.

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2-Year IRA CD Rates – Justice Federal Credit Union, 24 Month IRA Certificate Special w/ Checking – New Money (Traditional, Roth)

Justice Federal Credit Union
Two-year regular CDs earn an average interest rate of 1.32% APY. Justice Federal Credit Union, on the other hand, is currently offering 3.25% APY on a 2-year IRA CD. This would translate into earnings of $33.03 with a minimum $500 deposit.

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3-Year IRA CD Rates – Salem Five, 36 Month IRA Special (Traditional, Roth, CESA, SEP)

Salem Five
Three-year regular CDs are earning an average interest rate of 1.52% APY currently. Salem Five is exceeding that, with an interest rate of 3.00% APY with their 36-month IRA CD. With those interest rates and a $2,000 minimum deposit, you would earn $185.45 when the certificate matures.

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4-Year IRA CD Rates – CommunityWide Federal Credit Union, 48 Month Personal IRA

Communitywide Federal Credit Union

Four-year regular CDs are currently earning an average interest rate of 1.67% APY. CommunityWide Federal Credit Union claims the top interest rate for these IRA CDs, with an interest rate of 3.20% APY. You would earn $268.55 on this CD with a $2,000 minimum deposit.

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5-Year IRA CD Rates – Achieva Credit Union – 60 Month IRA/457B (Traditional, Roth, CESA)

Achieva Credit Union
Five-year IRA CDs hold the top spot for interest rates out of any category on our list. National averages for a regular 5-year CD is 1.97% APY, however Achieva Credit Union outperforms the average with a 4.00% APY on its 5-year IRA CD for members. The minimum deposit is $500 to earn this APY. If you’re able to deposit more than $500, you may eligible for a higher APY. With a deposit of $25,000 you may be able to earn an APY of 4.10%. If you’re able to deposit $75,000, you may be able to earn 4.20% APY.

One item to note with this credit union: the rates may vary by region, so make sure you check to see if you’re eligible for the above rates in your location.

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6+ Year IRA CD Rates – Air Force Federal Credit Union, 7 Year IRA (Traditional, Roth, CESA)

AFFCU

We’re starting to see these very-long-term IRA CDs offer higher interest rates than the shorter-term five-year IRA CDs. Air Force Federal Credit Union offers the highest term for their seven-year IRA CD, at 3.20% APY. That’s less than Achieva Credit Union which offers a 4.00% APY for a five-year IRA CD. Still, with Air Force Federal Credit Union’s seven-year IRA CD, you would earn $616.72 on a minimum deposit of $2,500 when the IRA CD matures.

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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 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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Top Jumbo CD Rates for August 2018

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In the banking world, CD stands for certificate of deposit. This is a type of savings account where you agree to put a certain amount of money in for a set period of time. In return, the bank agrees to pay you interest. You may have to pay early-withdrawal penalties if you access your money before the CD term ends.

There is a type of CD called a jumbo CD, in which you generally have to put in a minimum deposit of $100,000. Sometimes these jumbo CDs have higher interest rates than CDs where you deposit less than $100,000.

Best CD Rate Currently Available: Synchrony Bank USA – 13-Month CD – 2.65% APY

Synchrony Bank is currently offering one of the highest CD rates available on a 1-year CD. The term is actually a little over one year, but the rate is outstanding. While this CD is technically not a jumbo CD, it offers a rate that is too good to pass up at a lower minimum deposit than a jumbo CD. You can earn the 2.65% APY with a minimum of $2,000 and lock in that rate for the duration of the term once the account is funded.

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The top jumbo CD rates

To compile a list of the top jumbo CD rates, we used information from DepositAccounts.com, which, like MagnifyMoney, is a LendingTree company. We sorted products by APY. Then, we excluded any institutions with a health rating below a B, as well as any credit unions with very restrictive membership requirements. If there was a tie between APYs, we chose the CD with a minimum deposit of $100,000. All products on this list are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), but with jumbo CDs, it’s especially important to remember that only deposits up to $250,000 are insured.

Keep in mind that other banks might offer a CD with a better APY and a lower minimum deposit than $100,000. However, the chart below reflects the true definition of a jumbo CD, which involves a deposit of $100,000 or more.

This table is updated as of August 10, 2018, but it’s always a good idea to double-check the annual percentage yield (APY) before making your choice of where to invest. Some banks on the list offer promotional APYs, so be sure to check that the rates below are still available since rates can change day to day.

Institution

CD Term

APY

Minimum Deposit Amount

M.Y. Safra Bank

3 months

1.15%

$100,000

My eBanc

6 months

1.85%

$100,000

KS StateBank

1 year

2.40%

$100,000

Interior Federal Credit Union

18 months

2.78%

$100,000

KS StateBank

2 years

2.85%

$100,000

KS StateBank

3 years

3.10%

$100,000

KS StateBank

4 years

3.29%

$100,000

Interior Federal Credit Union

5 years

3.39%

$100,000

As of August 10, 2018

Banks that offer the best jumbo CD rates

M.Y. Safra Bank

M.Y. Safra Bank
M.Y. Safra Bank holds three spots on this list. When you go to its homepage, you’ll notice the banner shows “Special CD Offers.” This means that it’s important to keep track of these interest rates to make sure you get one that is current. This page has asterisks next to online promotions, so you know which ones might not be offered for a long time.

One downside to M.Y. Safra Bank is that the website is hard to navigate and is slow to load. This could be difficult for sophisticated investors who are used to banking with ease.

For a three-month jumbo CD, the APY is 1.15%. Keep in mind there might be other banks that offer 35- or 38-month CDs for slightly better rates, but they were not factored into this chart since this category was specifically for a three-year offering.

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My eBanc

My eBanc
My eBanc is an online-only bank. It’s a division of BAC Florida Bank. Unlike M.Y. Safra Bank’s, the eBanc website is much easier to navigate and has clear instructions on how to open a jumbo CD.

According to the site, My eBanc has no maintenance fees and compounds interest daily. When your jumbo CD matures, withdrawing your money is simple, although there is an early-withdrawal fee.

For a six-month jumbo CD, their APY is 1.85%.

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KS StateBank

KS StateBank

KS StateBank currently has internet-only specials on their 1, 2, 3, and 4-year jumbo CDs. This month the bank has truly outstanding rates on all of their terms.

Although KS StateBank is mainly located in Kansas, they do have the option to bank online or through their mobile banking app. This allows them to reach customers nationwide.

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Interior Federal Credit Union

18 Month Share Certificate Special - New Money from Interior Federal Credit Union
Interior Federal Credit Union currently has outstanding rates on its 18-month and 5-year CDs.

Becoming a member of this credit union is fairly easy. If you’re not eligible through regular eligibility requirements such as employment, family relatives, association with partner organizations, etc., you can join the New Mexico Wildlife Federation when you apply to become a member.

on Interior Federal Credit Union’s secure website

The difference between jumbo and regular CDs

As mentioned previously, you can open a CD with less than $100,000. You can even get CD rates comparable to the ones above, with a lower minimum deposit requirement. Of course, the more money you put in a CD, the more interest you can earn, but if you don’t have $100,000 to open a jumbo CD, it’s important to know you do have other options with lower minimums.

Withdrawal penalties on jumbo CDs

According to a recent survey, the penalties for withdrawing your money from your CD early could be serious. Some banks will even take part of your principal as a penalty.

Below are the most common penalties, according to the survey:

  • 3 month CD: Three months of interest
  • 6 month CD: Three months of interest
  • 1 year CD: Six months of interest
  • 2 year CD: Six months of interest
  • 5 year CD: A year’s worth of interest

So, it’s important to be confident that you want to put your money in a CD. When you do this, you’re making an agreement with the bank to leave it there for a set period of time. If you’re unsure if you want to tie up your money for a long period of time, consider a high-yield savings account instead.

How jumbo CDs are taxed

It’s important to know that the interest you earn on your jumbo CD will be taxed as interest income, not as capital gains income.

This means that your bank or credit union will send you a 1099-INT form at the end of the year to show how much interest you earned in your jumbo CD and you will be taxed on that.

Are jumbo CDs safe?

According to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: “Certificates of deposit are considered to be one of the safest savings options. A CD bought through a federally insured bank is insured up to $250,000.”

Some people prefer investing in the stock market over CDs because you can often get higher rates of returns; however, the stock market is a riskier bet, and returns are not guaranteed like those associated with CDs.

CDs are not affected by the whims of the stock market. The interest rate you agree on with your bank is the rate you will get. That interest rate, however, may not outpace inflation, meaning you may not really earn much, if anything, over time.

Final thoughts

If you have over $100,000 and want to invest it in a jumbo CD, you have several options. Like the chart above shows, you can choose many different terms and durations for your jumbo CD. Just be sure to research the bank you invest with so you know you’re putting your money with a top-rated institution. Also, be sure that you’re comfortable with putting your money in a CD long-term because there are often penalties for withdrawing your money early.

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The Top 6 Month CD Rates for August 2018

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The top 6 month CD rates
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Short-term certificate of deposit (CD) accounts offer investors a safe opportunity to squirrel away money for a future expense. If you’re looking for a brief solution for storing your cash and want to earn more interest than a typical savings account will offer, a 6 month CD can make a lot of sense. (It’s also a good place to start if you’re building a CD ladder.)

Using information from DepositAccounts.com, another LendingTree company and a database of offerings at more than 17,100 banks and credit unions, we found the five banks and five credit unions with the top 6 month CD rates. If there was a tie, we chose the institution with the smaller minimum-deposit requirement. We pulled these rates on August 9, 2018, and we excluded promotional offerings. The national average APY on 6 month CDs (among banks and credit unions) is 0.61%, according to the DepositAccounts.com database. These options outperform that average by a long shot. (You may also want to view our picks for the overall best CD rates.)

Banks with the best 6 month CD rates

6 Month CD from DollarSavingsDirect

DollarSavingsDirect

6 month CD APY: 2.15%
Bank information: DollarSavingsDirect is an online division of Emigrant Bank. Founded by Irish emigrants in 1850, Emigrant Bank has created various online divisions throughout the years. DollarSavingsDirect seems to be the most active and competitive online division when it comes to its rates.
Where to open CD account: Online
Minimum balance to open: $1,000
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: 90 days’ interest

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United Texas Bank

United Texas Bank

6 month CD APY: 2.15%
Bank information: United Texas Bank is headquartered in Dallas, TX. While they’re physically located in Texas, they offer banking services nationwide through their online platform.
Where to open CD account: Online
Minimum balance to open: $1,000
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: Three months worth of interest

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NexBank

NexBank

6 month CD APY: 2.15%
Bank information: NexBank is also located in Dallas, TX. While it primarily focuses on commercial banking, mortgage banking, and institutional services, it does offer CDs and personal banking to customers nationwide.
Where to open CD account: Online
Minimum balance to open: $10,000
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: Determined by the bank

 

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CD Bank

CD Bank

6 month CD APY: 2.10%
Bank information: A subsidiary of TBK Bank, SSB, this online bank has no branch locations, but offers service online in all 50 states.
Where to open CD account: Online
Minimum balance to open: $10,000
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: 90 days’ interest

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Live Oak Bank

Live Oak Bank

6 month CD APY: 2.10%
Bank information: Live Oak Bank is located in Wilmington, NC, but serves customers nationwide through online banking. While their initial focus was to help small businesses acquire funding, they now help all individuals through personal banking.
Where to open CD account: Online
Minimum balance to open: $2,500
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: 90 days’ interest

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Credit unions with the best 6 month CD rates

36 Month Share Certificate from Communitywide Federal Credit Union

CommunityWide Federal Credit Union

6 month CD APY: 2.15%
Credit union information: Founded as a credit union to provide quality financial services to individuals in South Bend, IN, CommunityWide Federal  Credit Union has grown to offer their services to various communities within Indiana as well as the digital world.
Membership details: Anyone can become a member by donating to a list of organizations including the Y.M.C.A. If you’re a member of the Michiana Goodwill Boosters or Marine Corps. League of St. Joseph Valley, you’re also eligible to become a member.
Where to open CD account: Online
Minimum balance to open: $2,000
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: Equal to the amount withdrawn multiplied by the remaining days left in the term.

 

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6 Month Share Certificate from Service Credit Union

Service Credit Union

6 month CD APY: 2.00%
Credit union information: Founded in Portsmouth, N.H., in 1957, Service Credit Union originally served employees of Pease Air Force Base. Today, it has grown to serve over 200,000 people throughout New Hampshire, North Dakota, Massachusetts, and even Germany.
Membership details: To become a member, you must live or work, or have family members that live or work in New Hampshire or Falmouth, Bourne, Mashpee, and Sandwich, Mass. Current members of the military, veterans, retirees, and reservists of the U.S. Armed Forces along with their families are also eligible for membership.
Where to open CD account: You can open an account online or at one of their many branches.
Minimum balance to open: $250
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: Determined by credit union.

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PenFed Credit Union

PenFed Credit Union

6 month CD APY: 2.00%
Credit union information: PenFed, established in 1935, today serves more than 1.6 million members at branch locations in all 50 states and select overseas facilities.
Membership details: Open to current or retired members of the U.S. military, federal employees, affinity partners, members of qualifying organizations, or by donating to Voices for America’s Troops or the National Military Family Association.
Where to open CD account: You can open an account online or at one of their branches.
Minimum balance to open: $1,000
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: 90 days’ interest

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Spectrum Credit Union

Spectrum Credit Union

6 month CD APY: 1.65%
Credit union information: Spectrum Credit Union was founded in 1973. This credit union is a division of Chevron Federal Credit Union and serves members worldwide through their online banking platform.
Membership details: If you don’t qualify by one of their location or employment field of membership requirements, you may apply for membership by joining one of their non-profit partners: Contra Costa Country Historical Society or Navy League of the United States.
Where to open CD account: Online
Minimum balance to open: $500
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: Equal to three months of dividends.

 

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Latino Credit Union

Latino Credit Union

6 month CD APY: 1.55%
Credit union information: Founded in Durham, N.C., in 2000, Latino Credit Union opened its doors as a solution to the Durham Latino community who were being robbed and mugged. While their original intent was to serve the Latino community, they have since expanded their membership to include anyone and everyone.
Membership details: Anyone who is willing to provide a one-time $10 donation to the Latino Community Development Center is welcome to become a member of the credit union.
Where to open CD account: Online
Minimum balance to open: $500
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: 90 days’ interest

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Pros and cons of using 6 month CDs

Pros:

  • The CD rates offered by banks and credit unions are generally higher than those on savings accounts.
  • The rates are fixed and guaranteed for the length of their term.
  • The discipline of keeping the funds in the CD means the money will be available upon maturity. (Note: Most banks offer a seven-day grace period to reinvest or withdraw the investment, after which the funds will roll over into a new CD. However, you are not guaranteed the same rate.)

Cons:

  • Six-month CD rates are lower than those offered on longer CD investment terms.
  • To tap into the CD funds — even for emergencies — consumers must accept a loss through penalties, which can include a percentage of the funds, a percentage of the earned interest, or a combination of both. A typical penalty on a short-term CD is between 30 and 90 days’ worth of interest earnings.
  • If you’re not confident you can do without access to the funds for six months, you may be better off putting your money in a traditional savings account, which is likely to earn less interest than a CD.
  • Since CD rollovers may reset at a different percentage rate, consumers must speak with the bank before the grace period ends to ensure they are getting the best deal.

Using a 6 month CD for laddering

A CD ladder comprises small-amount CDs with varying terms and respective interest rates that contribute to a long-term investment strategy. After the 6 month CD matures, investors can withdraw the funds for a predetermined expense. Or, they can reinvest the money into a longer-term CD with a better rate. By staggering the maturity dates on short-term CDs, consumers have access to their cash on a regular, predictable basis.

Where can you open a CD account?

Consumers can open 6 month CD accounts (or longer) from banks and credit unions. Bank and credit union CD rates are based on Federal Reserve rates, and there may be strategic times to pursue these short-term instruments following a rate increase.

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Top 10 Jumbo Money Market Accounts

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What is a jumbo money market account?

When you’re saving money, you want to make sure you’re stashing it in the right place. Ideally, that will be in an account with a high rate of return. While savings accounts tend to offer a higher return than checking accounts, money market accounts  — which are FDIC-insured up to $250,000, unlike money market funds — may yield an even higher rate of return.

That’s if you know where to find the best rates.

The money market accounts that offer the highest returns are known as jumbo money market accounts. In the past, these high-yielding accounts could have minimum initial deposits as much as $100,000, but today, you can get these higher rates with a much lower initial investment and sometimes there’s no minimum at all.

In this roundup, we’ll explore the top rates.

CIT Bank, 1.85% APY, $100 Minimum Deposit

CIT Bank
CIT Bank focuses on banking for businesses, but it does also have consumer products via its online portal and a series of brick-and-mortar locations in Southern California. One of the consumer products accessible online is their high-yield money market account.

With a low minimum deposit of $100, CIT Bank’s money market account still earns a respectable 1.85% APY. You can withdraw your money through People Pay — a free service which allows you to direct the money toward a specific email address or phone number. But remember, you can only make six withdrawals per month. If you go over this amount, you will be charged $10 for each additional withdrawal in a statement cycle, up to $50.

There are no monthly maintenance fees with this account.

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VirtualBank, 2.01% APY, $100 Minimum Deposit to Open

eMoneyMarket from Virtual BankVirtualBank is based in Louisiana but mainly offers access to its deposit products online nationwide.

To open a high-yielding money market account at VirtualBank, you must have a minimum opening deposit of at least $100. From there, your account will earn 2.01% APY for the first year. Then, the APY will drop to 0.80%. If your daily balance drops below $100, you will be charged a $5 fee per month.

To take money out of your account, you can conduct an online transfer. As with all of the accounts on our list, you will only be able to make six withdrawals/transfers per month. If you make more than six withdrawals in a monthly statement cycle, VirtualBank will charge you a $15 fee each time you take out more money.

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BankPurely, 2.00% APY, $25,000 Minimum Deposit

BankPurely
BankPurely is a division of Flushing Bank. Built to attract conscious consumers focused on an ethical lifestyle, this division attempts to build the “community” aspect of a community bank online rather than in person. One of their social initiatives is planting one tree for every new account opened.

To open a PurelyMoneyMarket account with BankPurely, you must have an initial deposit of $25,000. You will be required to keep your account balance at or above $25,000 to earn the account’s 2.00% APY. You will be able to withdraw money using online services and a debit card, but remember to keep it below the six withdrawal per month limit.

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KeyBank, 1.95% APY, $25,000 Minimum Deposit

KeyBank
KeyBank offers one of the highest APY money market accounts — at least during the initial twelve-month promo period. During the first year, money market accounts with balances between $25,000 and $2,000,000 earn an APY of 1.95%. Unfortunately, this rate may not be available in all markets, so make sure you enter your zip code to get the rate that pertains to your location. Also, you must open a checking account with KeyBank to qualify for this promotion.

After the promotional period is over, your rates will drop to 0.12% APY for balances over $25,000 as long as you have an average of at least one deposit and eight withdrawals from your KeyBank checking account during the past three statement periods. At this point, amounts under $25,000 will earn 0.10% APY.

Whether you’re in the promotional period or not, you will be charged an $18 monthly maintenance fee. You will also be charged a $15 fee every time you make more than six withdrawals from your money market account in any given statement period.

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Sallie Mae, 1.90% APY, No Minimum Deposit

Sallie Mae Bank
Sallie Mae is probably best known for underwriting mortgages and student loans. However, they also offer deposit accounts direct to consumers.

For example, their high-yield money market account pulls in 1.90% APY with no monthly maintenance fees and no minimum upfront deposit. You can write checks from this account, but keep in mind that you’ll have to stay below six withdrawals per month. If you don’t you’ll be charged a $10 excessive transaction fee. This fee will be applied for each withdrawal after six in a statement period, up to $70 per period. If you make more than seven excessive transactions, the additional $10 fees will be applied to the following month’s statement.

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ableBanking, 1.85% APY, $250 Minimum Deposit

ableBanking
AbleBanking is an offshoot of Northeast Bank, which is based in the state of Maine. While Northeast Bank has been in business since 1872, ableBanking — which has no physical locations and is based completely online — was launched in 2012.

With no monthly maintenance fees, any amount saved in one of ableBanking’s high-yield money market accounts will earn 1.85% APY. To open one of these accounts, you only need a minimum initial deposit of $250.

If you take money out of your account more than six times in a statement cycle, you will be billed a $10 excess fee for each additional withdrawal. If you do this more than twice within a 12-month period, ableBanking may close your account. You can make these withdrawals online, or pay a $20 fee for a wire transfer.

When you join ableBanking as a new customer, the institution will make a $25 donation out of their own pocket to a charity of your choice. To claim this perk, fill out this form, designating which 501(c)(3) you would like to receive the donation.

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State Bank of Texas, 1.85% APY, $100,000 Minimum Deposit

State Bank of Texas (SBT)

State Bank of Texas is a family owned and operated bank with a rich history. This bank was built by a man who immigrated to America from India in the hopes of attaining the American Dream. Once he overcame the challenge of acquiring enough capital to open the bank, he opened the bank’s doors on October 19, 1987 – a day known as Black Monday due to the crash of the stock market. With only one employee on the payroll, and a lot of help from his family, the bank successfully made it through one of the worst economic times in history. Today, the bank has thrived with its lending solutions and is quickly becoming a competitor in the deposits space.

To open a jumbo money market account with State Bank of Texas, you must have an initial deposit of $100,000. You will be required to keep your account balance at or above $100,000 to earn the account’s 1.85% APY. You will be able to withdraw money using online services, but remember to keep it below the six withdrawal per month limit.

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EBSB Direct, 1.80% APY, $10,000 Minimum Deposit

EBSB Direct
East Boston Savings Bank (EBSB) is a mature financial institution which dates back to 1848. It issues money market accounts with high APYs through its online portal: EBSB Direct.

Technically, to open a money market account with EBSB Direct, you only need $2,500. However, to earn the high interest rate of 1.80% APY, you will need a balance between $10,000-$2,000,000.

If your account has $10-$9,999, you’ll only earn 0.50% APY, and accounts with more than $2 million earn 0.80% APY. To take money out of your account, EBSB will issue you a debit card.

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North American Savings Bank, 1.77% APY, $50,000 Minimum Deposit

North American Savings Bank

North American Savings Bank is headquartered in Missouri, but offers products online nationwide. The minimum deposit on North American Savings Bank’s money market account is only $1,000, but if you want to earn the 1.77% APY on your balance, you must keep it at or above that $50,000 threshold. If you do deposit the minimum amount, you can still earn a decent APY of 1.56%. If you balance grows anywhere between $25,000 and $49,999, the APY will increase to 1.77%. You will have online banking capabilities for withdrawals — up to six per month. This account comes with no monthly maintenance fees as long as you maintain a minimum balance of $1,000.

It is important to note that this account is an online only special and is subject to change without any notice.

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Capital One 360, 1.75% APY, $10,000 Minimum Deposit

Capital One
Online-only Capital One 360 offers savings accounts, certificates of deposit (CDs), individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and, of course, money market accounts.

If you open a 360 Money Market Account and deposit at least $10,000, your money will earn 1.75% APY. While there is technically no minimum amount required to open one of these accounts, if you have less than $10,000, you will only earn 0.85% APY. You can find higher paying basic savings accounts elsewhere, so it’s better to save that money in a higher-yielding account until you hit the $10,000 threshold.

While this account comes with no fees, it also comes with no checks or debit card. In order to withdraw money — which you can do up to six times per month — you will have to use Capital One 360’s online portal or call in to speak to one of their representatives.

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How these jumbo money market accounts’ rates compare with regular money market rates

Jumbo money market accounts are typically called jumbo because they require a significant deposit to earn the top rate. You may have noticed that many of these accounts do not necessarily have the label “jumbo” attached to them. This is because with the advent of online banking, more and more financial institutions are passing along the savings they incur from not having to maintain brick-and-mortar locations on to their customers via higher returns on products like money market accounts.

For that reason, you’ll notice that many of the highest-yielding accounts on this list can also be found on our Best Money Market Rates & Accounts lineup.

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The Best High Yield Checking Accounts in 2018

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The money you keep in your checking account has a lot of valuable potential that can help you reach your financial goals. Sadly, this potential isn’t often realized because most checking accounts offer little to no interest, especially compared to savings and CD accounts. These high yield checking accounts are bucking that trend with sky-high rates that can put even the best savings accounts to shame. But, before you sling all of your cash into one of these accounts, there’s a few things you need to know.

Typically, these accounts come with a lot more strings attached than a regular checking account (you didn’t think they’d be offering all of this for free, did you?). In this article, we’ll help you make an informed decision about whether one of these high yield checking accounts are right for you and your financial goals.

How we picked the best high yield checking accounts

We followed a strict approach when selecting these accounts. We used the online rate finder for FDIC- or NCUA-insured rewards checking accounts on DepositAccounts.com, another LendingTree.com-owned site, to list the top 10 checking accounts with the highest rates. These rates were pulled on 7/9/18. We assumed a deposit amount of $100.

Credit unions were only included if they allow membership to anyone (such as by making a donation to their chosen charity). Finally, we filtered out any checking accounts that are not available nationwide, or that carry a health rating of below a B.

The best high yield checking accounts in 2018

America’s Credit Union

  • Minimum amount to open: $0
  • Requirements to earn the high APY: You must complete the following four things each month:
    1. Have $15,000 in loans or deposits with ACU
    2. Have a $500 direct deposit
    3. Be signed up for eStatements
    4. Complete 10 debit transactions in person in store
  • Monthly service fee and how to waive it: No monthly service fee.
  • ATM fees: Your first 10 non-America’s Credit Union ATM withdrawals are free. After that, you’ll pay $1.00 per withdrawal at a non-America’s Credit Union ATM.
  • ATM refunds: None

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First Financial Credit Union (Illinois)

  • Minimum amount to open: $0
  • Requirements to earn the high APY: You must complete the following two things each month:
    1. Be enrolled in eStatements
    2. Complete 15 signature-based debit card purchases
  • Monthly service fee and how to waive it: No monthly service fee.
  • ATM fees: Your first eight out-of-network withdrawals per month are free. Balance inquiries and cash withdrawals after your eighth withdrawal of the month are $1.00 each.
  • ATM refunds: $10 per month.

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La Capitol Federal Credit Union

  • Minimum amount to open: $50
  • Requirements to earn the high APY: Make at least 25 debit purchases per month.
  • Monthly service fee and how to waive it: $2; waived if you enroll in eStatements.
  • ATM fees: None
  • ATM refunds: Up to $25 in out-of-network surcharges (the money the ATM’s owner charges you) per month if you are signed up for eStatements and make 25 debit purchases per month.

Blue Federal Credit Union

  • Minimum amount to open: $0
  • Requirements to earn the high APY: You must have completed the following three things each month:
    1. Make at least 10 debit transactions
    2. Be enrolled in eStatements
    3. Have at least one direct deposit, ACH deposit or withdrawal, or bill payment per month from your account
  • Monthly service fee and how to waive it: No monthly service fee.
  • ATM fees: $1.50 for out-of-network ATMs.
  • ATM refunds: $3 per transaction, up to $21 per month as long as you’ve met the requirements to earn the high APY. Otherwise, no ATM fee refunds will be given.

One American Bank

  • Minimum amount to open: $50
  • Requirements to earn the high APY: You’ll need to do the following three things for each qualification cycle (be aware: their qualification cycles are not the same thing as a calendar month):
    1. Complete at least 12 debit purchases of $5.00 or more
    2. Be enrolled in eStatements
    3. Log into your Online Banking account
  • Monthly service fee and how to waive it: No monthly service charges.
  • ATM fees: None
  • ATM refunds: Up to $25 per qualification cycle if you meet the requirements to earn the high APY.

Heritage Bank

  • Minimum amount to open: $100
  • Requirements to earn the high APY: You’ll need to complete these three actions each month:
    1. Make at least 10 debit purchases
    2. Have at least one direct deposit or ACH post to your account each month
    3. Be signed up for eStatements
  • Monthly service fee and how to waive it: No monthly service fees.
  • ATM fees: Amount is at the discretion of the out-of-network ATM owner.
  • ATM refunds: $25 per month in out-of-network ATM surcharge fees (i.e., the fees that the ATM’s owner tacks on)

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Consumers Credit Union

  • Minimum amount to open: $0
  • Requirements to earn the high APY: You must complete the following four things each month:
    1. Make 12 Debit card point-of-sale purchases without using the PIN (all 12 must post and clear the account on or before the last day of the calendar month)
    2. Have at least one direct deposit, ACH debit, OR bill payment (using Consumers Credit Union’s online bill pay system) post and clear the account on or before the last day of the calendar month.
    3. Sign into their Online Banking system at least once each calendar month
    4. Be signed up for eStatements
      • Keep in mind that Consumers Credit Union will add an additional requirement each time the balance grows to earn the higher APY.
  • Monthly service fee and how to waive it: No monthly service fee.
  • ATM fees: None
  • ATM refunds: Complete reimbursement for all ATM fees charged from ATMs outside of their surcharge-free ATM network as long as you meet the minimum requirements of their Rewards Checking Account.

Market USA Federal Credit Union

  • Minimum amount to open: $0
  • Requirements to earn the high APY: You must complete the following actions each month:
    1. Be enrolled in eStatements
    2. Have monthly direct deposits of at least $250
    3. Use your Visa Debit Card at least 12 times a month with purchases that are $5 or more
    4. Make three online bill payments a month that are at least $20 each
      • This last requirement is what will qualify you for the Platinum tier
  • Monthly service fee and how to waive it: No monthly service fee
  • ATM fees: None.
  • ATM refunds: 8 free transactions per month when you sign up for direct deposit

Partner Colorado Credit Union

  • Minimum amount to open: $0
  • Requirements to earn the high APY: You’ll need to do three things each month:
    1. Use your debit card to make at least 20 signature-based purchases of $5 or more
    2. Be signed up for eStatements
    3. Log into your Online or Mobile Banking account
  • Monthly service fee and how to waive it: $5; waived if you meet the requirements to earn the high APY.
  • ATM fees: None.
  • ATM refunds: All ATM surcharge fees are refunded.

Signature Federal Credit Union

  • Minimum amount to open: $0
  • Requirements to earn the high APY: You must complete the following things each month:
    1. Have at least one direct deposit into your account of $1,000 or more
    2. Be enrolled in e-statements
    3. Use your debit card to make at least 10 purchases per month
  • Monthly service fee and how to waive it: No monthly service fee.
  • ATM fees: None.
  • ATM refunds: Signature Federal Credit Union allows you to choose from either a higher interest rate, $10 in waived ATM fees, or debit card rewards points. If you choose the higher interest rate, they will not waive ATM fees.

How are these banks able to offer such a high APY?

Did you notice that most of the institutions offering high yield checking accounts tend to be smaller names that you’ve probably never heard of? It turns out there’s a good reason for that, and it all has to do with some recent legal changes.

Back when the Dodd-Frank Act was passed in 2010, a tiny legislative nugget called the Durbin Amendment was included in the text. This amendment limited the swipe fees that big banks can charge merchants for each purchase that one of their customers makes using a debit card.

Suddenly, big banks could only charge half as much per swipe as they had been doing, and swipe fees became a lot more lucrative for smaller banks and credit unions instead.

That’s why so many smaller institutions have strict rules requiring you to use your debit card each month. According to the Federal Reserve, in 2016 smaller banks earned anywhere from 18 to 65 cents for each debit card swipe, compared to a maximum of just 22 cents plus 0.05% of the purchase price for larger banks.

Say, for example, a smaller bank requires you to make 10 debit transactions per month, and earns 65 cents from each transaction. Your bank would then earn $6.50 from your spending that month.

That is where the high interest rates come from. It’s also why the high interest rates are generally capped to smaller balances, so that you don’t earn too much money and negate all the swipe fees that the bank earns.

Is it worth meeting requirements to go after the high APY?

Some of these high yield checking accounts have a lot of requirements.

If you prefer to use debit cards, chances are you’ll be able to easily meet the minimum debit swiping requirements for most of these accounts. On the other hand, if you’re a cash or credit card junkie, you may find yourself frequently worrying at the end of the month about whether or not you’ve met the minimum debit swiping requirements. In this case, a high yield checking account might not be right for you.

Another thing to consider is that many of these banks require you to make a signature-based debit transaction, rather than a PIN-based debit transaction for it to count. Unfortunately, this is slightly less secure than using the PIN-based payment method.

You’ll also need to avoid making a rush of charges at the end of the month to meet the spending requirements. That’s because banks and credit unions will usually only count a charge that has finished posting to your account towards meeting the monthly swiping requirement. It can take a few days for debit swipes to post to your account, so it’s better to get these charges in early to make sure they post to your account in time to count.

The good news is that checking accounts aren’t designed to hold significant amounts of cash. That’s what a savings account is for, and you can still earn pretty good interest rates with a high yield savings account (although still nowhere close to these checking accounts).

If you’re going to keep a smaller deposit in your checking account anyways, why not earn as much as you can from it—especially if you know you’ll have an easy time meeting the requirements?

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Review of USAA CD Rates

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USAA CD rates
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Founded and based in San Antonio, USAA is an FDIC-insured bank, insurance and financial services company that serves current and former military members and their families. Started by 25 U.S. Army officers, USAA has since grown to more than 11 million members. Most of their products are only available to USAA members, who are military members or their families.

USAA won a number of awards in 2016, including the title World’s Most Ethical Company from the Ethisphere Institute. It scored top rankings in the bank, insurance, and credit card categories in the Temkin Customer Service Ratings from 2013 to 2016.

Looking beyond high customer service standards, USAA CD rates are pretty comparable to the national average, though with some products they are significantly lower. Minimum deposit requirements are lower than with many similar products, though there are CDs out there with better rates and lower minimum deposits than USAA’s CDs. If you’re a member of the military (or a family member of military member) and looking for a bank that offers a wide variety of products as well as excellent customer service, USAA could be a good bet if you’re will to make the tradeoff for lower CD rates.

*All rates are current as of 8/6/2018

USAA Fixed-Rate CDs

A USAA fixed-rate CD is for those who intend to make one deposit to get a guaranteed rate of return over the agreed-upon term. Once you make your initial deposit (which differs depending on the type of CD you choose), your interest rate is set for the duration of the CD term. You are not allowed to make any additional deposits into your CD account after the initial amount.

Interest accumulates daily, and you have the choice to keep any interest earned in the CD until it matures (the interest will compound monthly) or have it paid out monthly to an account of your choosing. The CD will not be renewed automatically once it matures, though you have the option to do so if you want. If not, all the money in the account will be paid into an investment account until you withdraw it or invest it in another type of account.

Early-withdrawal penalties apply depending on the term of your CD:

  • Terms of 30 days or less: 30 days’ worth of interest
  • 30 days to 364 days: 90 days’ interest
  • 365 days to five years: 180 days’ interest
  • Five years or more: 365 days’ interest

Also, if you make a withdrawal within six calendar days of a deposit or another withdrawal, you’ll have to pay at least seven days’ worth of interest.

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Standard rates

A standard CD requires a minimum deposit of $1,000 and up to a maximum of $95,000. This type of account is best for those who do not have a large amount of money to invest and want a guaranteed rate for their savings.

CD Term

APY

91 days

0.30%

182 days

0.56%

7 months

0.56%

270 days

0.66%

1 year

0.71%

15 months

0.71%

18 months

0.76%

2 years

1.51%

30 months

1.54%

3 years

1.71%

4 years

1.87%

5 years

2.12%

7 years

2.17%

USAA fixed jumbo CD rates

Fixed jumbo CDs require a minimum deposit of $95,000 and a maximum amount up to $175,000.

CD Term

APY

30 days

0.22%

91 days

0.35%

120 days

0.45%

150 days

0.50%

182 days

0.61%

7 months

0.61%

270 days

0.71%

1 year

0.76%

15 months

0.76%

18 months

0.81%

2 years

1.56%

30 months

1.59%

3 years

1.76%

4 years

1.92%

5 years

2.17%

7 years

2.22%

USAA fixed super jumbo CD rates

Fixed super jumbo CDs require a minimum deposit of at least $175,000 with no maximum amount. However, FDIC only insures up to $250,000.

CD Term

APY

30 days

0.22%

91 days

0.35%

120 days

0.45%

150 days

0.50%

182 days

0.61%

7 months

0.61%

270 days

0.71%

1 year

0.76%

15 months

0.76%

18 months

0.81%

2 years

1.56%

30 months

1.59%

3 years

1.76%

4 years

1.92%

5 years

2.17%

7 years

2.22%

USAA Adjustable-Rate CDs

Like the fixed-rate CDs, the interest rate is locked for the entirety of the agreed term with an adjustable-rate CD. All interest is compounded daily starting on your settlement date (the actual date when your deposit goes into your account) and the interest either paid out monthly or kept in the account until your CD matures. Your CD will not be automatically renewed. Instead the money will be put into an investment account until you decide to put it back into another CD account or withdraw the entire balance.

Unlike with the fixed-rate CD, however, you can adjust your rate once during your CD term as well as make one other deposit when you request a rate adjustment. If rates go up, you can make an adjustment up to a 2 percent increase. The additional deposit needs to be a minimum of $25.

Early-withdrawal penalties are the same as with the fixed-rate CD:

  • Terms of 30 days or less: 30 days’ worth of interest
  • 30 days to 364 days: 90 days’ interest
  • 365 days to five years: 180 days’ interest
  • Five years or more: 365 days’ interest

In addition, you will be required to pay at least seven days’ worth of interest if you withdrawal money within six calendar days of either a deposit or another withdrawal from your account.

Standard rates

The minimum opening deposit for an adjustable standard CD account is $1,000. You’re allowed up to a maximum of $95,000. Otherwise, you will need to open an adjustable jumbo CD account.

CD Term

APY

3 years

0.91%

4 years

1.22%

5 years

1.49%

7 years

1.54%

Jumbo rates

Adjustable Jumbo CDs need a $95,000 minimum deposit and rates are applicable up to $175,000.

CD Term

APY

3 years

0.96%

4 years

1.27%

5 years

1.54%

7 years

1.59%

Super jumbo rates

Adjustable super jumbo CDs have a minimum deposit of $175,000 with no limits on how much you can keep in your account. Keep in mind that FDIC insures up to $250,000 in your account.

CD Term

APY

3 years

0.96%

4 years

1.27%

5 years

1.54%

7 years

1.59%

As of 8/6/2018

USAA variable-rate CDs

This type of CD account is best suited to those who want the ability to make more than one deposit any time they choose. The rate tends to be lower than the other CDs of the same term length, but you are allowed to make as many additional deposits as you like without extending the maturity date, as long it’s $25 or more each time. This could help you earn more on your deposits than you would with a traditional savings account, though there are better rates to be had among those products, as well.

Unlike the fixed- and adjustable-rate CDs, the interest rate on a variable-rate CD may fluctuate daily so earnings may be affected. However, interest is compounded daily and just like the other CD accounts and you can either keep earned interest with the CD balance and allow the interest to compound, or you can have it paid out to another account every month.

There are also early-withdrawal penalties with a variable rate CD. You’ll be charged 30 days’ worth of interest if you take your money out before the maturity date.

CD Term

APY

Minimum Deposit Amount

182 days

0.46%

$250

1 year

0.46%

$250

Overall review on USAA’s CD rates

Above all, it’s important to remember that only USAA members can get its products, so if you’re not eligible for membership, USAA CDs aren’t an option for you.USAA’s CD rates are not as competitive as other institutions’ products (you can see the best CD rates in our monthly roundup). While the $1,000 minimum deposit requirement is lower than some other banks that offer higher APYs on their CDs, you can get a better CD rate on accounts with deposit requirements as low as $500. While the rates for jumbo and super jumbo CDs are better than its standard offers, you can find better rates.

One of the main advantages of opening a CD with USAA is the ability to bump up your rate with an adjustable-rate CD, as other banks don’t always offer this option.. It’s important to note that a rate increase is not guaranteed. However, you are given an opportunity to make another deposit into your account before maturity.

As for USAA’s variable-rate CD, you may be better off opening a high-interest savings account if you’re looking for an account with a good APY and some liquidity.

Overall, if you want a bank with excellent customer service and the ability to choose from a wide variety of services, USAA is a good option. USAA may be your best choice if you want your CDs at a bank that understands needs specific to military members and their families. But if high yields are your priority, you’re better off looking elsewhere.

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Review of Live Oak Bank’s Deposit Rates

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Year Established2008
Total Assets$3.4B
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Chances are you haven’t heard of Live Oak Bank. After all, this lender, based mostly on the web, has only been around since 2008, and it mostly focuses on giving out small business loans to businesses in specific industries, such as veterinary practices or craft breweries. That’s no reason to pass it up for your personal banking needs, however. In fact, this little gem of a bank has one of the best-kept secrets in the personal banking world: it has one of the highest savings account interest rates you’ll find from an online bank. (More on that below.) And, most of its other personal deposit accounts offer relatively high rates as well. Let’s take a more in-depth look at its deposit accounts to see if they’re right for you.
Live Oak Bank’s Most Popular Accounts

APY

Account Type

Account Name

Compare Rates from Similar Accounts

1.80%

Savings

Live Oak Bank Savings Account

1.85%

Synchrony Bank High Yield Savings

on Synchrony Bank’s secure website

2.55%

CD Rates

Live Oak Bank 1 Year CD

2.45%

Synchrony Bank 12 Month CD

on Synchrony Bank’s secure website

2.85%

CD Rates

Live Oak Bank 3 Year CD

2.55%

Ally Bank High Yield 3 Year CD

on Ally Bank’s secure website

3.05%

CD Rates

Live Oak Bank 5 Year CD

3.00%

Barclays 60 Month Online CD

on Barclays’s secure website

Live Oak Bank’s savings account

When it comes to the best savings accounts with high interest rates, Live Oak Bank currently has one of the highest rates.

APY

Minimum Deposit

1.80%

Up to $5 million

(but only up to $250,000 is FDIC-insured)

  • Minimum opening deposit: $0
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $0
  • ATM fees: None
  • ATM fee refunds: None

Live Oak Bank currently has one of the best savings account rates available. This means that Live Oak Bank is lowering the bar and allowing anyone to take advantage of these high interest rates, no matter how much is in his or her pocket right now.

Live Oak Bank wants you to use your savings account, and use it often, which is one reason why it has no monthly maintenance fee. If there is no activity on your account for 24 months and your balance is less than $10.01, Live Oak Bank will take the remainder of your balance as a Dormant Account Fee and close your account.

Getting money into a Live Oak Bank savings account from an external bank account can take a little bit of time depending on how you do it. If you request the money through Live Oak Bank’s online portal, the funds won’t be available for up to five or six business days. But if you opt instead to send the money to Live Oak Bank from your current bank, the money will be available as soon as it’s received. Your Live Oak Bank savings account will start earning interest as soon as the money posts to your account.

You can easily withdraw your money at any time via ACH transfer. Simply log into your Live Oak Bank savings account and electronically transfer it to whichever bank account you wish. It’ll be available in two to three business days.

You are limited to making just six withdrawals per month with this savings account. That’s not a Live Oak Bank thing; that’s a federal regulation imposed upon savings accounts in the U.S. If you absolutely can’t wait until next month to make another withdrawal past your allotted six per month, you’ll be charged a $10 transaction fee for each additional action.

Live Oak Bank CD rates

Live Oak Bank also has some of the best CD rates with a decent deposit amount.

Term

APY

Minimum Deposit

6-month CD

2.10%

$2,500

1-year CD

2.55%

$2,500

18-month CD

2.60%

$2,500

2-year CD

2.80%

$2,500

3-year CD

2.85%

$2,500

4-year CD

2.90%

$2,500

5-year CD

3.05%

$2,500

  • Minimum opening deposit: $2,500
  • Early withdrawal penalty:
    • CD terms that are less than 24 months — 90 days’ interest penalty
    • CD terms that are more than 24 months — 180 days’ interest penalty

Live Oak Bank currently offers the highest CD rates. This bank’s minimum deposit requirements also seem to be right on par with other bank’s minimum deposit requirements. Currently, the best CDs out there have minimum deposit requirements both above and below Live Oak Bank’s $2,500 benchmark.

Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to open these accounts. It’s a relatively straightforward process to open a CD: Simply complete the forms online, provide any needed documentation (such as your current bank account details), and wait for an account approval. Once your account is open, you can transfer over your deposit, where it will be held for five days before officially launching your CD.

If you need to take out your deposit early, bad news: As with many CDs, you’ll face an early-withdrawal penalty at Live Oak Bank. If your original CD term was for six months, one year or 18 months, you’ll be charged 90 days’ worth of interest. If your original CD term was for longer than that, you’ll be charged a higher rate of 180 days’ worth of interest.

If you are able to resist the urge to withdraw your money early, congratulations! Your CD will automatically renew into a second CD with the same term length. However, don’t panic if that’s not what you want: You have up to 10 days after the CD has matured to withdraw your money penalty-free and park it in your own bank account (whether it’s with Live Oak Bank or not).

It’s easy to overlook Live Oak Bank for other larger, more established consumer banks like Ally or Discover Bank. But Live Oak has some of the best CD rates around, and the best savings account available on the market today.

Lest you be scared away by its smaller name, consider this: This tiny-but-growing bank is getting rave reviews from customers and employees alike. It carries an “A” health rating, and has a top-notch online banking portal. About the only thing missing is a checking account to let you seamlessly do all of your daily banking with this great company.

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