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Key Takeaways

  • Today’s highest CD rate is 5.40% for a 6-month CD.
  • CD rates from online banks are commonly twice as high as the national average rates.
  • CD ladders let you leverage high rates without locking up all of your money long-term.

Currently, the best interest rates on CDs (certificates of deposit) are as high as 5.40%. Rates vary by term and often fluctuate. Below, you’ll find a summary of how CD rates are leaning—plus a guide to the best rates across CDs of various lengths.

Related: Compare the Best CD Rates

Highest CD Rates Today

Source: Curinos. Rates are based on a $25,000 minimum deposit. Data accurate as of June 21, 2024.

A CD is a type of savings account that pays a fixed interest rate for a fixed amount of time. When you open a CD account, you agree not to touch your deposit until the CD’s term ends. That could be in six months, one year or five years, depending on the term you’ve chosen. If you follow through, you’ll be rewarded with an amount of interest that’s typically greater than what you’d earn from a standard savings account.

If you withdraw money from your CD account before it “matures” (when it reaches the end of its term), you’ll likely face stiff penalties that may negate some or all of the interest you’d earn. For instance, you could sacrifice up to six months’ worth of interest if you withdraw funds from a one-year CD before it matures.

If you’re looking to earn as much interest as possible, consider opening a longer-term CD. These CDs generally offer the highest interest rates, but they require you to stash your cash for several years.

Early withdrawal penalties typically scale according to the length of the CD term. That means you could lose an entire year’s worth of interest if you withdraw funds from a five-year CD before its maturity. That’s why it’s critical to research any potential penalties prior to making your investment.

Today’s 3-Month CD Rates

For short-term savings goals, three-month CDs might make sense. The current average rate on a three-month CD sits at 1.28%, but the highest rate is 5.39%. Last week, three-month CDs were earning 1.28% on average.

Today’s 6-Month CD Rates

If you’re interested in a shorter-term CD, today’s best six-month CD rate is 5.40%. That compares with 5.40% a week ago. The current average APY for a six-month CD is 1.81%, up from 1.80% last week at this time.

APY provides a more accurate calculation of the yearly interest you’ll earn with a CD because it takes into account compound interest. That’s the interest you earn not only on your deposit (or principal) but also on the interest itself.

Today’s 1-Year CD Rates

The highest interest rate currently being offered on a one-year CD—one of the most popular CD terms—is 5.37%. If you land a 12-month CD with a rate in that vicinity, you’ve found a good deal. One week ago, the best rate was the same.

The average APY, or annual percentage yield, on a one-year CD is now 1.96%, the same as a week ago.

Today’s 2-Year CD Rates

If you can hold out for two years, 24-month CDs today are being offered at interest rates as high as 5.12%. The top rate last week at this time was a similar 5.12%. Two-year CDs now have an average APY of 1.71%. That’s the same as last week at this time.

Today’s 3-Year CD Rates

CDs with longer terms often have some of the most attractive interest rates and APYs—if you’re willing to keep your money locked away for years.

Within the last week, the highest rate on a three-year CD has been 4.75%, so you’ll want to shop around for that rate or something near it.

Today’s 5-Year CD Rates

On a five-year CD, the highest rate today is 4.65%, the same as one week ago. APYs are averaging 1.62%, the same as this time last week.

The longer the term, the harsher the early withdrawal penalty. It’s not unusual to lose one full year’s worth of interest or more if you break open a five-year CD too soon. Be absolutely certain you understand the penalty before you make your investment.

Today’s Jumbo CD Rates

The best rate on today’s jumbo CDs is 5.40% for a 6-month term. The average APY for this category of CD is currently 1.84%, compared to 1.68% last week.

Most jumbo CDs require a minimum deposit of $100,000—and some even require $250,000. However, there’s no universally agreed-upon definition regarding what qualifies as a “jumbo” CD. Some banks and credit unions slap the label “jumbo” on CDs you can open with $50,000, $25,000 or even less.

Other Top CD Rates by Term

Related: CD Interest Rates Forecast: How Good Will They Get?

How To Open a CD

To open a CD, you start by establishing an account with a bank and making a one-time, upfront payment, known as the principal. Many banks require you to deposit a minimum amount of money—which can be anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars—when opening a CD. At credit unions, CDs are often referred to as share certificates.

Once you have deposited your principal, the timer on your investment begins, and you will begin earning interest. The bank or credit union will provide you with monthly or quarterly statements reflecting how much interest you are accumulating.

Resist the urge to access your CD before the term ends because early withdrawal penalties can eat up your interest instantly. In some cases, you may even face stiff early-withdrawal penalties that eat into your principal

Are CDs a Good Deal?

CDs typically pay higher interest than other savings vehicles, even the best high-yield savings accounts and money market accounts. And while they may not offer the kind of enviable returns that are possible with stocks, CDs beat the more attention-getting investments in one regard: They’re one of the safest places to put your money.

Investors lost millions in the 2022 crypto crash, and putting your money into the stock market, real estate or gold and other commodities can be risky, too. But when you buy a certificate of deposit or credit union share certificate from a federally insured financial institution, you can sleep easily with the knowledge that your investment is protected.

The FDIC provides you with up to $250,000 in coverage in the event the bank issuing your CD ever fails. For share certificates purchased from federal credit unions and most state-chartered credit unions, the NCUA insures your money up to the same limit.

Traditional brick-and-mortar banks have far greater operating expenses than banks that only exist online. That’s why online banks are usually able to offer more attractive APYs on CDs—they have lower overhead costs, so they can afford to pay higher interest rates to customers.

Related: CD Interest Rates Forecast: How Good Will They Get?

Methodology

Curinos determines the average rates for certificates of deposit (CDs) by focusing on specific CDs and excluding others. Certain types, such as promotional offers, relationship-based rates, private, youth, senior, student/minor, affinity, bump-up, no-penalty, callable, variable, step-up, auto transfer, club, gifts, grandfathered, internet-only and IRA CDs are not considered in the calculation.

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Last Update: June 24, 2024

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