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The Best IRA CD Rates – March 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 DepositAccounts.com, a database of offerings at more than 17,100 banks and credit unions. On March 6, 2019, 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 March 6, 2019.)

The best IRA rates in March 2019

Term

Institution

APY

Minimum Deposit Amount

3 months

Bethpage Federal Credit Union

2.00%

$50

6 months

CommunityWide Federal Credit Union

2.30%

$2,000

12 months

First Internet Bank

2.81%

$1,000

18 months

Service Credit Union

3.00%

$1,000

2 years

Mountain America Credit Union

2.75%

$500

3 years

Mountain America Credit Union

2.90%

$500

4 years

Utah First Credit Union

3.25%

$500

5 years

Mountain America Credit Union

3.10%

$500

 

3 Month IRA CD – Bethpage Federal Credit Union, 3 Month IRA (Traditional, Roth)

12 Month IRA from Bethpage Federal Credit UnionThree-month regular CDs are earning an average interest rate of 0.48% APY currently. Bethpage Federal Credit Union is exceeding that, with an interest rate of 2.00% APY with their 3-Month IRA CD. You only need a small minimum deposit of $50.

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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 2.30% APY for deposits of $2,000 and over. That translates into earnings of $22.87 if you were only to deposit the minimum amount. Compare that to the average of all regular 6 month CDs, at 0.87%.

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1-Year IRA CD Rates – First Internet Bank, 12 Month IRA (Traditional, Roth)

First Internet Bank
Regular one-year CDs earn an average interest rate of 1.36% APY. First Internet Bank, however, is offering a one-year IRA CD at 2.81% APY. You’ll need a $1,000 minimum deposit to earn $28.90 in interest once the CD matures.

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

18 Month IRA Certificate from Service Credit Union18-month regular CDs earn an average interest rate of 1.59% APY. Service Credit Union, on the other hand, is currently offering 3.00% APY on an 18-month IRA CD. This would translate into an earning of $45.34 with a minimum $1,000 deposit.

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2-Year IRA CD Rates – Mountain America Credit Union, 24 Month IRA (Traditional, Roth)

24 Month Youth Term Deposit from Mountain America Credit UnionTwo-year regular CDs earn an average interest rate of 1.67% APY. Mountain America Credit Union, on the other hand, is currently offering 2.75% 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 – Mountain America Credit Union, 3 Year IRA (Traditional, Roth)

3 Year Term Deposit Plus from Mountain America Credit UnionThree-year regular CDs are earning an average interest rate of 1.86% APY currently. Mountain America Credit Union is exceeding that, with an interest rate of 2.90% APY with their 3-year IRA CD. You’ll need a minimum deposit amount of $500 to open this account.

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4-Year IRA CD Rates – Utah First Credit Union, 48 Month IRA (Traditional, Roth, CESA)

48 Month IRA from Utah First Federal Credit UnionFour-year regular CDs are currently earning an average interest rate of 1.97% APY. Utah First Credit Union claims the top interest rate for these IRA CDs, with an interest rate of 3.25% APY. It’s interesting enough to note that Mountain America Credit Union’s 3-year IRA rate is actually higher. You need a $500 minimum deposit to open this account.

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5-Year IRA CD Rates – Mountain America Credit Union, 5 Year IRA (Traditional, Roth)

5 Year IRA from Mountain America 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 2.25% APY, however Mountain America Credit Union outperforms the average with a 3.10% APY on its 5-year IRA CD for members. The minimum deposit is $500 to earn this APY.

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

6 Year IRA from INOVA Federal Credit UnionINOVA Federal Credit Union offers the highest term for their six-year IRA CD, at 3.50% APY. That’s slightly less than Mountain America Credit Union which offers a 3.10% APY for a five-year IRA CD.

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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 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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Discover Bank
Most people know Discover as a credit card company, but it also operates an online bank and offers some of the best rates and terms on checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit (CDs). As a bank, Discover offers some of the best products on the market. Currently, they’re offering a major deal on their online savings account, which currently earns 2.10% APY. If you apply for their savings account for the very first time by 04/01/19 and deposit or grow a balance of at least $15,000 by 04/15/19, you can earn a $150 bonus. If you deposit or grow a balance of at least $25,000 by the same date, you can earn a $200 bonus. Applying for the account is easy as you don’t need to go to a branch. Bonuses will be credited to your account by 04/29/19. You can apply online or over the phone. Just be sure to enter or mention the promo code MM319 when you apply.

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If you’re looking for CDs in particular, Discover is currently considered to have some of the best CDs due to their customer service and digital tools.

Discover Bank CD rates

CD term

Annual Percentage Yield (APY)

3 months

0.35%

6 months

0.65%

9 months

0.70%

12 months

2.65%

18 months

2.65%

24 months

2.70%

30 months

2.70%

3 years

2.75%

4 years

2.80%

5 years

3.00%

7 years

3.05%

10 years

3.10%

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How do Discover Bank CD rates compare?

While Discover Bank CD rates aren’t always the highest available, they are consistently among the top offers across all terms. However, you may be able to find a similar or even better rate with a CD that has a lower minimum deposit than Discover’s $2,500 requirement. Currently, several nationwide banks offered a 12-month CD at a rate higher than Discover’s 12-month CD APY, while requiring a lower minimum deposit. For example, at the same time the above rates were available at Discover, there were 12-month CDs with rates as high as 2.75% APY with a lower minimum balance amount to earn the APY.

It’s always great to go for the highest interest rates possible, but keep your CD investing strategy in mind. If you’re investing in CDs using the ladder strategy, it might be easier to keep everything in one bank since you’ll be switching in and out of CDs frequently.

Discover also stands out from its competition in the CD space with its mobile app and 24/7 U.S.-based customer service. If you value such features, keep those particulars in mind when weighing Discover CD rates against others’.

What you need to know about Discover Bank’s CDs

Discover Bank is very transparent in terms of fine print. It’s not difficult to understand what’ll happen with your money after you invest it. We’ll cover the basics here about what you need to know to invest in Discover Bank’s CDs.

How to open a CD

It’s very simple to open up a CD with Discover Bank. Go to their CD webpage and click on the orange “Open an Account” button near the top right of the page. You can then choose which accounts you’d like to open. Select “CD,” choose a CD term and enter how much you’d like to deposit.

You’ll then need to complete the application by providing your name, address, date of birth, phone number, Social Security number, employment status and possibly even your driver’s license. Once your application is complete and accepted, you’ll need to fund the account.

How to fund the CD

You’ll need to fund it within 45 days of submitting your application, which you can do in one of three ways:

  • Transfer funds from another bank account over the phone. (You can only do this when you first fund your account.)
  • Transfer funds from another bank via online transfer.
  • Write a check to yourself and send it to the following address:Discover Bank
    P.O. Box 30417
    Salt Lake City, UT 84130

The minimum deposit amount for each of Discover Bank’s CDs is $2,500. Once you open a CD, you can’t deposit more money later, so it’s a good idea to make sure you have all the cash you want to invest before you open the account.

Withdrawing funds from the CD

When you want to withdraw money from your CD, the biggest thing to consider is whether that CD has matured yet, or finished its term.

If your CD has not matured, you’ve got options: You can take the interest out penalty-free at any time, or you can withdraw the principal (or the money you deposited) at any time as long as you pay an early-withdrawal penalty. This penalty varies depending on the original term of your CD:

  • less than one year: three months’ worth of simple interest
  • one year to less than four years: six months’ worth of simple interest
  • four years: nine months’ worth of simple interest
  • five years to less than seven years: 18 months’ worth of simple interest
  • seven years or longer: 24 months’ worth of simple interest

If your CD has finished its term, you can withdraw your money penalty-free, allow the CD to renew or roll it into a CD of a different term length. (More on that in a bit).

Earning interest on a Discover CD

Your CD will start earning interest on the same business day that you fund the account. The interest will be added to your account once each month, however.

When it comes to what to do with your interest, you have two options: The default option is to allow it to compound within the CD (meaning you’ll earn interest on that interest), or you can have it automatically deposited each month into another Discover bank account.

What happens once the CD matures?

You’ll get a heads-up notice about a month before your CD matures so you can decide what to do with the money. You have two main options: Either reinvest it into another CD (of the same term length or a different term length), or withdraw the money from the CD and put it into another account (such as a checking or savings account, or perhaps a CD at a different institution).

If you don’t let Discover know what you want to do with the maturing CD, the CD will automatically renew into another one of the same term length. You have a nine-day grace period after your CD automatically rolls over to make any changes or withdrawals penalty-free.

The bottom line

As far as big-name banks go, Discover offers great CD products. Wells Fargo, for example, only offers interest rates as high as 1.55% APY on a $5,000 deposit for a 58-month CD. Chase Bank offers even lower maximum rates — an abysmal 1.05% APY, and only if you can commit a minimum of $100,000 for 10 years.

If you’re the kind of person who likes to keep your finances in one place, Discover also has great credit cards, as well as competitive online savings and checking accounts. No matter how long you’re considering putting money in a CD, Discover is worth a look. Even if it doesn’t have the best available rate, it’s usually within several basis points of the top offerings and well above the average APY.

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Top Jumbo CD Rates for March 2019

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Conservative savers generally consider certificates of deposits (CDs) as sanctuaries where their money is kept safe and they enjoy a decent yield without stomaching the risk of investing in the stock market.

You agree to deposit your money in a bank or credit union for a fixed amount of time (which can be as short as a few months or as long as several years) and get the satisfaction of knowing your money is likely earning a higher annual percentage yield (APY) than it would in a checking or savings account.

High CD Rate: Synchrony Bank – 12-Month CD – 2.80% APY

Synchrony Bank is currently offering one of the highest CD rates available on a 1-year CD. 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 2.80% APY with a minimum balance of $2,000. This high rate will be locked in for the duration of the term once the account is funded.

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Jumbo CDs, which typically require a minimum deposit of $100,000, have traditionally promised even higher APYs for customers than regular CDs. But a combination of rising interest rates and fierce competition among banks — both online and traditional — for the deposits of customers have given rise to many normal CDs that offer a better return than jumbo CDs.

It’s not entirely clear why banks haven’t been similarly aggressive in offering higher-yield jumbo CD rates as they have with regular CDs, but one possibility is that they are interested in attracting more customers rather than big money deposits. In other words, banks would rather have the business of 100 customers each depositing $5,000 CDs than 10 customers depositing $500,000 jumbo CDs.

Regular 1-Year CD vs 1-Year Jumbo CD

Institution

Synchrony Bank

My eBanc

CD Term

1 year

1 year

APY

2.80%

2.70%

Minimum Deposit Amount

$2,000

$100,000

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Regular 3-Year CD vs 3-Year Jumbo CD

Institution

Mountain America Credit Union

Veridian Credit Union

CD Term

3 year

3 year

APY

2.90%

3.00%

Minimum Deposit Amount

$500

$100,000

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Regular 5-Year CD vs 5-Year Jumbo CD

Institution

Barclays

KS StateBank

CD Term

5 year

5 year

APY

3.10%

2.89%

Minimum Deposit Amount

$0

$100,000

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That said, if you feel the need to go big when it comes to your CD, then you likely won’t find better rates than the ones listed below.

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 March 5, 2019, 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 jumbo CD rates below are still available since rates can change day to day.

Institution

CD Term

APY

Minimum Deposit Amount

M.Y. Safra

3 months

1.35%

$100,000

My eBanc

6 months

2.53%

$100,000

My eBanc

1 year

2.70%

$100,000

Veridian Credit Union

18 months

3.05%

$100,000

My eBanc

2 years

2.90%

$100,000

Veridian Credit Union

3 years

3.00%

$100,000

Veridian Credit Union

4 years

3.45%

$100,000

KS StateBank

5 years

2.89%

$100,000

As of March 5, 2019

Banks that offer the best jumbo CD rates

M.Y. Safra Bank

M.Y. Safra Bank
M.Y. Safra Bank holds one spot on this list. 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 1.35%. Currently, M.Y. Safra Bank is offering a 3 Month Online Promo CD with a better rate at 1.61%, but it wasn’t factored into this chart since this category is specifically for jumbo CD offerings.

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 2.53%. The APY for the 1-year CD is 2.70% and the APY for the 2-year CD is 2.90%.

Veridian Credit Union

Veridian Credit Union
Veridian Credit Union is headquartered in Waterloo, Iowa, has 30 locations and over 700 employees. You can become a member of the credit union if you live in the area or if you’re a registered user of Dwolla, an e-commerce company which is available to

You can see current rates on jumbo CDs on the Veridian rate sheet. Keep in mind that several of the rates listed are current specials and might not be available long term. At the time of this writing, Veridian Credit Union has a special on an 18-month jumbo CD with an APY of 3.05%, a 3-year jumbo CD with an APY of 3.00% and a 4-year jumbo CD with a 3.45% APY. This credit union also has various specials on 7, 9, and 15 month jumbo CDs.

KS StateBank

KS StateBank

KS StateBank currently has internet-only specials on their 5-year jumbo CD with an APY of 2.89%. This 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.

Go jumbo or stick to regular CDs?

To be considered “jumbo,” a CD needs to require a large minimum deposit, usually $100,000, as opposed to a normal CD which may not even require a minimum deposit. The deal banks made with well-off depositors boiled down to ‘if you leave lots of your money with us in this jumbo CD, we’ll give you a higher yield than if you deposited it in a normal CD.’

It’s important to note the differences between a jumbo CD and regular CD aren’t set in stone and have more to do with how the bank or credit union markets their savings products than any hard and fast rule, says Ken Tumin, founder of DepositAccounts.com, another LendingTree-owned site.

“I’ve seen banks and credit unions with jumbo CD minimums as low as $10,000 and as high as $250,000,” Tumin told MagnifyMoney. “Even if a bank doesn’t offer jumbo CDs with high minimums, someone could still deposit a large balance into a regular CD. They just wouldn’t be earning any higher interest than someone depositing a small balance.”

As the difference in earnings from a jumbo CD and traditional CD has diminished (or disappeared completely), the drawbacks of parking so much money in a CD become more apparent. For example, the jumbo CDs with the highest APY usually require a longer period of time to mature, which means you have at least $100,000 exposed to inflation—which means you possibly end up earning less than you expected.

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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