Are CD Rates Going To Increase This Year – 2011

It has been 1 year since we wrote about the question “Will CD Rates Go Back Up In 2011” and so far rates have kept falling. Even mortgage rates are falling to their lowest levels in a year. As I write this post the United States has lost its AAA credit rating even though a default on its debt was diverted. The United States now has a credit rating of AA+ with a negative outlook, which means that the credit rating could drop again within the next 2 years unless if Congress reigns in on its overspending and debt problems.

Every program the Fed has enacted to build up the US economy has not translated into job growth or a pick up of the economy, which would translate into higher interest rates. When the Fed bought back billions of dollars worth of treasury bonds, it was speculated that interest rates would increase based on the growth of the economy and the increase of inflation. Once inflation increases so should interest rates.

In the past few weeks many CD rates were cut down a few basis points. Before the debt ceiling deal happened many were speculating that CD rates would actually increase because of Treasury yields being forced up by the small possibility of the United States defaulting. As Treasury yields increase so will interest rates, but right after the debt ceiling deal was passed, the stock market started crashing and Treasury yields actually started plummeting. Just this past week mortgage rates dropped close to 4.31%, down from 4.51% last week. It looks like CD rates will most likely continue their downward fall to record lows. How far will they go? Depends on multiple factors, but as long as the economy drags along there isn’t much hope for an increase in rates any time soon. I guess we should be asking the question “Will CD Rates Go Back Up in 2012” or more likely, ‘Will CD Rates Ever Go Back Up”. We thought last August 2010 that CD rates would surely be on the rise, since we haven’t created a magic ball and since no one can really predict the increase of rates, we made an educated guess that was completely wrong. We still have five months left in 2011 to see if rates will increase.

Here are some of the more active banks that consistently have some of the highest CD rates available nationally:

Bank of Internet cut its 12 month CD from 1.33% down to 1.20% and they also cut their short term 6 month CD rate of 1.15% down to 1.01%. The new leader for the 12 month CD term is now E-Loan at 1.26%.

First Internet Bank of Indiana currently holds the top spot for the 5 Year CD at 2.40% APY with a minimum deposit of $1,000. Discover Bank comes in second with a rate of 2.35% APY with a minimum deposit of $2,500.

If you are looking for the best CD rates, you might find better luck looking at your local credit union or a credit union that has no registration requirements like Melrose Credit Union out of New York.

You can always find the best cd rates here at bankaim.com.



E-Loan Holds Highest 1 Year CD At 1.26%

The 1 Year CD rate has dropped from 1.33% down to 1.26% in just 12 days. The previous top earner was from Bank of Internet, which is now tied in second place at 1.20%.

E-Loan holds the top 12-month CD rate at 1.26% with a minimum deposit of $10,000. No other banks or financial institutions hold a rate close to E-Loan, as the next best 1 year CD goes to Sallie Mae, AuroraBank and Bank of Internet at 1.20%. Sallie Mae has no minimum deposit while both AuroraBank and Bank of Internet have a $1,000 minimum deposit.

There is one bank – First Foundation Bank that holds a 1.27% interest rate on the 12 month CD, but the minimum deposit is out of reach for the average investor at $25,000. Some might argue that tying up this amount of money for 12 months can be risky as rates can go up at a moments notice, or vice versa, rates can drop in a moments notice. For instance just 12 days ago you could have had a 1.33% 12 month CD rate.

E-Loan has an easy online application and has no fees to start. They also offer a compounded daily feature on their CDs.

Sallie Mae is tied for second place at the highest 12 month CD of 1.20%. With Sallie Mae you have no minimum deposit and they compound your interest daily.

AuroraBank and Bank of Internet also come in at 1.20% and both have a $1,000 minimum deposit. Both of these banks are rated 4 out of 5 stars with Bankrate, giving them a ‘sound’ rating. Sallie Mae and First Foundation Bank come in also at 4 out of 5 stars, while E-Loan has a 3 out of 5 star rating. Three stars means the bank is performing and usually is not an indicator of troubles.

Be sure to check our up to date CD Rates table for more accurate interest rates. Rates can change on a daily basis. You may also want to consider that each term serves as a lock in period for the specific interest rate. If you wish to withdraw your money before your term is up, you will be charged a penalty and fees. Be sure to read the fine print on each Bank’s CD terms. If the bank has an auto renew feature, you could be locked into an extra term you did not really want.


24 Month CD Rates Stay At 1.75%

Salem Five BankOver the past few weeks, CD rates have changed quite a bit. Banks seem to be battling out for the top spots of most of the CD rate terms. This battle between banks isn’t much to write home about, but it’s a positive sign that CD rates might actually go up in 2011.

One of the most popular CD terms is the 24 month certificate of deposit which has not moved since Jan. 12, when Salem 5 Bank took over the spot from Melrose Credit Union. The Salem, Mass. based bank offers a rate of 1.75% APY on a minimum deposit of $10,000, kind of high for the average person.

These rates are much higher than what the large banks are offering and are much higher than the national average, which is currently sitting at 0.73% APY (24-month term). So if you want the best CD rates then you must look further than your local bank. Be sure you do your research to find the best CD rates, before signing anything at any bank.

Here are the next best 24-month rates:

If you find it hard to put $10,000 into a certificate of deposit then there are other great options. By putting extra money into a CD, you can usually get the best rates. Some banks offer lower minimums of $500, but you lose some of your interest. Usually the lost interest rates will not make much of a difference. 5 tenths of a percent will make very little difference. For example, if you put $5,000 into a 24 month CD at a rate of 1.60%, at the end of your term (24 months), you would have made $161.28 profit. Now if you placed the same amount of money into the same CD term, but lowered the rate to 1.55%, your profits would be about $156.20, a difference of $5.08 or 1 coffee! So if you cannot afford to meet the minimums of some of these CDs, then find the next best option, you probably aren’t missing out on much.

Be sure you get the best rates from your certificate of deposit by comparing CD rates from our up to date database.


Melrose Back On Top Of 2 Year CD Rate

That was fast! It only took a few days and no work on Melrose Credit Union’s part, but they are now back on top of the 2 year CD rate. Bank of Internet lowered their 24 month CD rate to 1.60%, causing Melrose to take the lead once again.

It seems like a bank would want to hold on to the top spot of any CD rate terms, even if it was just for a week, but it only took a matter of a few days before Bank of Internet decided to lower their rates.

The next best 24 month CD rate goes to Stonebridge Bank which is rated 1 out of 5 stars from Bankrate, which means ‘Lowest Rated’. That does not necessarily mean the bank is failing, but can give a good indication on how well the bank is performing. As long as the bank is FDIC insured, your money will be safe up to $250,000.

Here are the most up to date 24 month CD rates after Melrose:

These banks offer no restrictions on who can open an account and invest into their certificate of deposits. Melrose Credit Union has no restrictions on who can apply for their credit union and only charges a $1 fee.

Be sure to check our CD Rates page for the most up to date information.


Bank Of Internet Tops 2 Year CD Rates

Who would have ever thought that another bank could overtake Melrose Credit Union on any of the long term CDs. Melrose cut their rates across the board on Tuesday, causing a small ripple effect on the top CD rates charts. As soon as Melrose dropped their rate to 1.66% APY, Bank of Internet assumed the lead at 1.72% APY.

Bank of Internet is based out of San Diego, CA and is paying 1.72% APY on deposits over $1,000. This is a rate they have offered since the beginning of November.

To put things into perspective, this rate is three-quarters of a point less than what was offered for the 2 year certificate of deposit last December 2009.

Here is a list of the best available 2 Year CD rates:

  • Melrose Credit Union from Queens, New York at 1.66% APY with a minimum deposit of $5,000.
  • Stonebridge Bank out of Philadelphia at a rate of 1.65% APY with a minimum deposit of $500.
  • Discover Bank, owned by the major credit card company at a rate of 1.60% APY with a minimum deposit of $2,500.
  • Colorado Federal Savings Bank from Colorado at a rate of 1.60% APY with a minimum deposit of $5,000.

We have posted these banks and credit unions because they allow anyone nationwide to open and invest in their CDs, either online, at the local branch or through the mail.

There are no requirements that would keep the average person from opening an account with these financial institutions. Unlike other credit unions, Melrose has no restrictions on who can open an account with the union. There is a $1 fee and the requirement of having a savings account funded with $25.

Be sure to compare these rates with the most up to date CD rates from our database of banks.


Best CD Rates For December 1, 2010 (Updated)

We have to post an update to the best CD rates leaderboard because of some major changes. Melrose Credit Union decided to lower their rates yesterday by about a tenth of a point across the board and since they owned the top spots for four major CD terms, we decided to post a mid-week update.

Now that Melrose lowered their rates, this has caused some major shake ups to our leaderboard, with other banks and financial institutions closely behind or over taking Melrose on some CD terms.

The New York based credit union still sits at the top of the 36-month and 60-month CD rates and ties for the lead of the 12-month term.

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank out of Florida and Bank of Internet from San Diego California still hold onto their spots of the 3-month and 6-month CDs.

Here is the updated rate table for the best CD rates in the nation:

*TermBankDecember 1November 29
3 Month CDSanibel Captiva0.95% APY0.95% APY
6 Month CDBank of Internet1.15% APY1.15% APY
12 Month CDMelrose Credit Union
Bank of Internet
1.41% APY1.51% APY
24 Month CDBank of Internet1.72% APY1.76% APY
36 Month CDMelrose Credit Union2.17% APY2.27% APY
60 Month CDMelrose Credit Union2.93% APY3.03% APY

All of these financial institutions allow anyone nationwide the ability to open and invest into their certificates of deposit, either through the mail or online. Most credit unions have strict requirements that drastically reduce who can qualify for their CD products, but Melrose is an open-ended Credit Union, allowing anyone, anywhere to register for a $1 fee.

Be sure to check out the most up to date CD rates from our CD rate boards. These rates can be out dated and as with any certificate of deposit, these rates can change at any time.


Best CD Rates For Week Of November 29, 2010

There isn’t much to report for this week as we come out of a long holiday weekend. We expect rates to continue their downward slide and could see a shake up in the rates we track sometime this week. It might be wise to lock in some of these CD rates if you are sitting their wondering if rates will increase or decrease. Your best bet in this economy is to lock in short term rates before they fall even further.

Melrose Credit Union still holds most of the top CD rates we track. We expect Melrose to lower their rates across the board this week, that’s if they keep with their cycle of cutting rates every 3 months. Their 3 month mark since the last rate cut is this week.

Here are the best CD rates currently available nationally

*TermBankNovember 29Last Week
3 Month CDSanibel Captiva0.95% APY0.95% APY
6 Month CDBank of Internet1.15% APY1.15% APY
12 Month CDMelrose Credit Union1.51% APY1.51% APY
24 Month CDMelrose Credit Union1.76% APY1.76% APY
36 Month CDMelrose Credit Union2.27% APY2.27% APY
60 Month CDMelrose Credit Union3.03% APY3.03% APY

These banks and credit unions qualify for our listing because they offer their CDs to anyone nationwide. As with any investment, certificates of deposits can change at a moment’s notice, be sure to check our updated CD rates table for the most up to date information.

Melrose Credit Union is not your normal credit union as they allow anyone, anywhere to join. Most credit unions have strict requirements, but Melrose’s only requirement is a $1 fee and to hold $25 in a savings account.

We encourage you to visit Bankaholic’s post about their visit to Melrose’s New York office and why they can pay such high rates, while other major banks and financial institutions continue cutting their rates.


Best CD Rates For Week Of November 22, 2010

Tis the season to give thanks and in the realm of investing, there isn’t too much to give thanks for. Over the past year we have seen CD rates continue their downward fall, with a few bright spots like iGObanking, when they where offering the highest 2 year CD, which even beat the highest 3 year CDs. Even now as banks continue to cut rates, Melrose Credit Union continues to provide outstanding products. This small, single office in Queens New York is offering the best nationally available return on the 12-month, 24-month, 36-month and 60-month certificates of deposit.

The other two banks, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank from Florida and Bank of Internet based out of San Diego California offer the best 3 month and 6-month terms.

All of the major banks, such as Chase, Band of America, Wells Fargo, stopped offering competitive rates ever since the financial crisis started in 2008.

*TermBankNovember 22Last Week
3 Month CDSanibel Captiva0.95% APY0.95% APY
6 Month CDBank of Internet1.15% APY1.15% APY
12 Month CDMelrose Credit Union1.51% APY1.51% APY
24 Month CDMelrose Credit Union1.76% APY2.00% APY
36 Month CDMelrose Credit Union2.27% APY2.27% APY
60 Month CDMelrose Credit Union3.03% APY3.03% APY

CD rates can change at a moment’s notice so be sure to check our CD rates page for the most up to date information.

We list these banks and credit unions because they offer their rates to anyone nationwide.

Unlike most credit unions, Melrose is open to savers regardless of where they live and work. Anyone can open an account with Melrose for only a $1 joining fee and a minimum of $25 kept in a savings account.


Top 2 Year CD Rates Drop Below 2%

It didn’t take long for iGObanking to realize how well they were paying on their 2 year CD. Just last month they were paying almost half a point higher than the next leading 2 year CD, then dropped their rates to 2.00%, still beating out the competition. Now iGObanking has dropped their 24 month rate to 1.00% APY, lower than the highest leading 6-month and 12-month rates, which are 1.15% and 1.51%.

This might be a sign of things to come as rates continue their slide down the charts. No other bank or financial institution is close to paying 2% on any 24 month CD. Keep in mind that the national average of a 2 year CD is sitting right around 0.77% APY.

Here are the next best 2 Year certificates of deposit:

  • Melrose Credit Union at 1.76% APY with a minimum deposit of $5,000 and is located in Queens, NY.
  • Presidential Bank at 1.75% APY with a minimum deposit of $1,000 and is located in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.
  • Bank of Internet at 1.72% APY with a minimum deposit of $1,000 and is an online bank from San Diego, CA.
  • Discover Bank at 1.65% APY with a minimum deposit of $2,500 and is the online bank owned by the credit card company.

All of these banks and credit union allows anyone to join or buy their CDs. Melrose Credit union allows anyone to join for only $1. They impose no restrictions and are located out of Queens, New York.

Be sure to compare all of the best CD rates from our certificates of deposit database.


FedONE Credit Union 6 Month CD Rate at 1.00% APY

The best CD rate for the 6 month term is sitting at 1.15% from Bank of Internet, but FedONE Federal Credit Union comes in close. We are seeing a trend that many Credit Unions are starting to take the top spots of most certificate of deposit rates, at the same time large banks are cutting their rates and falling off the leading charts. FedONE Federal Credit Union doesn’t have one of the best 6 month CD rates, but they do have something worth mentioning. This small credit union has been in business for over four decades, which is something worth noting with all of the current bank failures going on.

You have to become a member at FedONE before you can buy into any of their CDs. Each CD account requires a minimum deposit of $1,000.

Other FedONE CD rates:

  • 12 month certificate of deposit at 1.10% APY
  • 24 month certificate of deposit at 1.35% APY
  • 36 month certificate of deposit at 1.35% APY

FedONE has been around since 1961 when the Justice Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services opened their own credit union stationed in San Pedro, California. Since the beginning FedONE has evolved into one of the best California credit unions, servicing the INS, Department of Justice employees who work in or are headquartered in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Territory of Guam, the Mariana Islands and their immediate family.

FedONE has two California locations in Laguna Niguel and Los Angeles. Be sure to check their website for all of their updated CD rates.

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