To create this list, Forbes Advisor analyzed 142 CD and share certificate accounts across 84 financial institutions, including a mix of traditional brick-and-mortar banks, online banks and credit unions. For the star rating, we ranked each account on 11 data points within the categories of APY, minimums, compound interest schedule, customer experience, digital experience, available terms and overall availability. We also analyzed and ranked each account by individual term.

The following is the weighting assigned to each category:

CD accounts with higher APYs rose to the top of the list. Minimum deposit requirements of $10,000 or higher affected scores negatively. Accounts with daily compounding interest schedules were scored higher than those with monthly or quarterly schedules. To appear on this list, the account must be nationally available.

To learn more about our rating and review methodology and editorial process, check out our guide on How Forbes Advisor Reviews Banks.

Banks We Monitor

These financial institutions were included in our research for the best CD rates: ableBanking, Affinity Federal Credit Union, Ally Bank, American Express, Axos Bank, Apple Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Bank5 Connect, BankDirect, BankPurely, BankUnitedDirect, Barclays, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, BrioDirect Banking, Capital One, Charles Schwab Bank, Chase, Chevron Federal Credit Union, CIT Bank, Citibank, Citizens Access, Colorado Federal Savings Bank, Comenity Direct, Comerica, CommunityWide Federal Credit Union, Connexus Credit Union, Consumers Credit Union, Credit Union of Denver, Discover, Dollar Savings Direct, EmigrantDirect, Financial Partners Credit Union, Financial Resources Federal Credit Union, First National Bank of America, Georgia’s Own Credit Union, Golden1 Credit Union, Greenwood Credit Union, HSBC Direct, Hughes Federal Credit Union, Ideal Credit Union, iGoBanking, Investors eAccess, Keybank, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Limelight, Live Oak Bank, MAC Federal Credit Union, Marcus by Goldman Sachs, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, My eBanc, MySavingsDirect, Navy Federal Credit Union, nbkc Bank, Northern Bank Direct, Northpointe Bank, Nuvision Federal Credit Union, Pacific National Bank, Pen Air Federal Credit Union, PenFed, PNC Bank, Popular Direct, Quontic, Quorum Federal Credit Union, Radius Bank, Rising Bank, SalemFiveDirect, Sallie Mae Bank, Spectrum Federal Credit Union, State Bank of Texas, State Department Federal Credit Union, Superior Choice Credit Union, Synchrony Bank, TAB Bank, TD Bank, TIAA Bank, TotalDirect Bank, U.S. Bank, USAA, USAlliance Federal Credit Union, Vio Bank, Virtual Bank, Wells Fargo and Truist.

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