Go Banking Rates Study: Where to Find the Top 50 CD Rates in the Country

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The lack of competitive savings and CD rates is pushing depositors to lock down their money for as long as five or ten years in an effort to boost returns. Go Banking Rates surveyed thousands of CD accounts from banks and credit unions across the U.S. to find the top 50 rates that only require a commitment of two years or less to obtain.

37 of the 50 financial institutions with the current best CD interest rates are credit unions

Depositors in search of competitive CD rates are often lured into locking their money in long-term certificates of deposit for as long as five years to even ten years. However, at some point, a CD’s term can be too long, even if the interest rate is higher, as excessively long-term certificates of deposit prevent account holders from investing their money should interest rates increase in the future.

That’s why Go Banking Rates surveyed http:// current CD interest rates on 6-month, 1-year and 2-year accounts to find out which banks and credit unions are currently offering the best interest rates on CDs that don’t require a commitment of five years or more.
Top CD Rates Findings

The highest CD rate in Go Banking Rates database is offered by 1st Alliance Credit Union at 2.00% APY for a 2-year term. Next is a 1-year CD from Goodyear-Danville Family Credit Union at 1.76% APY, followed by 2-year CDs from Encompass Credit Union and Kauai Government Employees Credit Union at the same rate.

In fact, 37 of the 50 financial institutions with the current best CD interest rates are credit unions. The rest of the list is comprised of community banks — no national banks made the list.

Additionally, of the 50 top CD rates in the U.S., 80 percent are for 2-year terms. The rest are 1-year CD account rates — except for one: G.I.C. Credit Union currently pays 1.50% APY on all of it’s share certificate products, which means their 6-month CD rate made it into the top 50 best CD interest rates as well.

Top 50 Best Interest Rates on CDs

See a Map of the Top 50 CD Rate Locations

How Are Top CD Rates Determined?

Go Banking Rates manually collects interest rate data from community banks and local credit unions throughout the entire country, as well as from national and online banks. This allows us to populate our Rates Table with the most comprehensive database of savings and CD rates available today.

The CD rates used in this study are accurate as of September 28, 2012. Please note that interest rates are subject to change at any time in the future — anyone who chooses to open a certificate of deposit account from any of the above mentioned institutions should verify rates with the individual bank or credit union first.

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