CDs - Which are the best?

Bank CD rates, highest yield CDs and certificate of deposit interest rates.

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Comparing interest rates and compounding methods on different CDs can be confusing. The annualized percentage yield (APY) takes both into consideration and makes comparison much easier.


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  • White piggy banks with stacks of money and moneybag Top 5-year CD rates roll clock back to 2011

    Why not benefit from one of the top-paying deals we've found on 5-year certificates of deposit? Returns are definitely on the rise, and we know where to look for the best local and nationally available rates -- up to 2.50% right now.

    September 12th 2014

  • Piggy bank in dollar bills Leading 2-year CD rate soars to 18-month high

    Don’t invest a cent until you've checked out our rankings of the best-paying 2-year certificates of deposit. CSBdirect has raised the return on its nationally available CDs to 1.55% APY, making it the best deal we've seen since February 2013.

    September 5th 2014

  • Clear piggy bank with coins Late summer's best 3-year CD rates start at over 2%

    We've scoured the country to find the best local and nationally available deals on these popular certificates of deposit. Don't settle for average returns that pay half this much -- or less.

    August 29th 2014

  • piggy bank in glasses Earn up to 1.30% with August's leading 1-year CDs

    You've got to take advantage of the best local and nationally available deals on 12-month CDs. All of these banks and credit unions pay at least four times more the national average on these popular certificates of deposit.

    August 21st 2014

  • White piggy bank on gold background August's top deals pay up to 1.1% on 6-month CDs

    Don't get stuck with an average 6-month CD paying just 0.15% APY. We've scoured the country to find the best local and national deals on these popluar, short-term certificates of deposit.

  • Money chart and calculator 5 things you should know about target date funds

    Put your retirement plan on auto pilot with a target date fund, which automatically rebalances your portfolio over time.

  • Savings bonds I Bond return jumps to 1.94%

    The yield on these popular U.S. Savings Bonds will pay more than all but the best certificates of deposit over the next six months.

  • Where to find higher yields

    The Federal Reserve seems determined to hold CD rates at record lows for at least the next 18 months -- maybe longer. So why not consider one of these options to boost your annual returns to 3%, 5% or even more.

  • Mike Sante Co-leader in 6-month CD rates makes big cuts

    The big news in CDs comes out of California today, where one of our top-paying banks dropped its rates on 3-month, 6-month, 1-year and 2-year CDs. That's too bad because Pacific Mercantile Bank has often offered savers some of the best nationally available returns.

  • woman and a fever line 7 mistakes to avoid when investing in CDs

    CD investment mistakes can cost you money and time. But these losses aren't inevitable if you know what to look for.

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