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Top 2 Year CD Rates Drop Below 2%

Friday, November 19th, 2010

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.

TD Bank Mortgage Rates and MTG Process Reviewed

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

TD Bank services customers in states along the east coast.

TD Banks Slogan is “Americas Most Convenient Bank”.

We’ll review there mortgage rates and then review just how convenient they are able to make your banking experience.

Each of the loan scenarios will be based on an 80% loan to value and 1 point.

30 Year Fixed

  • Rate of 4.125%
  • APR of 4.263%

15 Year Fixed

  • Rate of 3.375%
  • APR of 3.615%
  • Note: The 15 year fix at 0 points is only 3.625% with an apr of 3.719%.
  • TD’s 15 year fixed product is one of the better we have seen.

Lets compare these rates to the nations average mortgage rates. (Based on Freddie Macs Primary Mortgage Market Survey).

  • Average 30 year with 0.8 points = 4.23%
  • TD Bank 30 year with 1 point = 4.125%
  • Average 15 year with 0.7 points = 3.66 %
  • TD Bank 15 year with 0 points = 3.625%

As you can see TD Bank is lower than the national average.  There 15 year fixed mortgage is excellent right now and worth taking a look into.

Is the loan process “convenient”?

As I browse through TD Banks website I notice it is easy to navigate and find my way around.

They have some pretty cool programs like the Mortgage Rate Security, If rates drop after you have made 12 timely payments, you may be able to lower your rate without refinancing.  Or the Hassle Free Mortgage Guarantee which is there pledge to you that your mortgage process will go smoothly.

They also have a rate watch feature that will notify you via email when rates hit your goal.

Use our Mortgage Calculator to figure out your payments.

Now obviously I haven’t gone through the mortgage process with them so I cannot speak to that, but according to MyBankTrackers bank review TD Bank has 2 out of 5 stars based on 155 user reviews.  This is not a good rating.  This rating is based on TD Bank as a whole, not just there mortgage department.

If you have had a good or bad experience with TD Bank please share in the comments below.

TD Bank serves Connecticut, Delaware, Washington DC, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.

Highest CD Rates In Baltimore, MD – October 2009

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Here is the list of the highest yielding CD rates available to residents of Baltimore, Maryland. These rates come in the form of 6 month CDs, 12 month CDs and 24 month CDs. After going through the local rates from both banks and credit unions for Baltimore and Maryland as a whole, we have found that you can get better rates from national institutions than with your local ones. Remember that local banks give out interest based on the local economy and how much the bank hopes to make from using your money.

Please keep in mind that these local rates may have changed, as all rates are time-sensitive in nature, so please refer to the date of this article for accuracy. You can always find the most current CD rates in our updated CD Rates section.

How is this information compiled?

You will find the highest CD rates on the longer maturities, but since we did not want to strictly list the longer cd rates, we have decided to list a variation of deposit rates which will beat the national average by the highest margins.

Highest 6 Month CD Rates In Baltimore, MD:

  • Arundel Federal Savings Bank – 6 month CD and a 9 month CD yields 1.75% APY with a minimum deposit of $10,000.
  • AmericasBank – 7 month CD yields 1.60% APY with a minimum deposit of $1,000.
  • Kopernik Federal Bank – 6 month CD yields 1.56% APY with a minimum deposit of $1,000.

Highest 12 Month CD Rates In Baltimore, MD:

  • Hamilton Federal Bank – 12 month CD and a 15 month CD yields 2.05% APY with a minimum deposit of $5,000.
  • Essex Bank (Catonsville, MD) – 12 month CD yields 2.02% APY with a minimum deposit of $500.
  • Nexity Bank – 12 month CD yields 2.01% APY with a minimum deposit of $1,000. (This is a national bank and will accept deposits from customers nationwide).

Highest 24 Month CD Rates In Baltimore, MD:

  • Hudson City Savings Bank – 24 month CD yields 2.50% APY with a minimum deposit of $5,000. (This is a national bank and will accept deposits from any state).
  • Fairmount Bank – 25 Month CD yields 2.30% APY with a minimum deposit of $10,000.
  • 1st Mariner Bank – 24 month CD yields 2.20% APY with a minimum deposit of $500.

These are the best rates we could find in Baltimore Maryland, but if you know of a better rate please leave a comment. All of the above banks and credit unions are federally insured by either the FDIC or NCUA.

As of this writing the national average for a 6 month CD is 1.33% and a 12 month Cd is 1.70%. CD rates increase and decrease at any time and so we suggest you check with the bank you are interested in for their current CD rate.