CD rates Blog

Monday, May 23, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

In low-rate times like these, nothing gets CD investors’ attention quite as quickly as an ultra-high CD rate. It’s true that many legitimate institutions, including some on Bankrate’s CD rate tables, offer CD rates significantly higher than the national average. But sometimes shady financial providers use eye-catchingly high CD rates to lure in investors, only

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011 2:43 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

If I had $100,000 in short-term savings, a jumbo CD is not necessarily where I would put it. These days, savers with jumbo savings are not being compensated for large deposits in CDs. Typically financial institutions require about $100,000 to buy a jumbo CD and they offer slightly higher rates for the larger deposit. As

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Monday, May 16, 2011 3:23 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

There’s a high-stakes game of chicken going on in Washington, D.C., over extending the debt ceiling, and CD rates could be just one more casualty if things go too far. If you’re just tuning in to the debt ceiling drama, the debt ceiling is the total amount of outstanding debt the federal government is allowed

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Thursday, May 12, 2011 8:40 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The government measures the amount of inflation consumers experience with the consumer price index, or CPI. If prices are going up for many consumer goods and services, then inflation is likely rising. The official method of measuring inflation has garnered quite a bit of criticism due to a couple of reasons. For one, the core

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Monday, May 9, 2011 11:23 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

By now, the nearly industry-wide rise in bank fees is well documented. Millions of checking account holders who had previously considered free checking a given are being asked to meet certain account criteria or pay a monthly account maintenance fee. But less attention has been paid to rising fees for CD investors. David Lazarus of

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011 12:00 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

With short-term interest rates set to remain at nearly zero percent, the yield drought will drag on, much to the detriment of savers of all stripes. CD rates have been particularly hard hit; the average one-year CD has yielded less than 1 percent since September 2009. There’s not much for savers to do but wait

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Monday, May 2, 2011 4:21 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Today, while writing a story about the new savings bond rates released by the Treasury, I got to wondering, with CD rates at such ridiculous lows, have savings bonds, particularly I bonds, surpassed them as a savings vehicle? After all, both are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, and the

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 3:13 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

After today’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke reaffirmed the Fed’s commitment to continuing the quantitative easing program, scheduled to purchase $600 billion worth of long-term Treasury securities through the end of June. The question will be what happens when the Fed stops buying Treasuries? The quantitative easing program was designed to

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Monday, April 25, 2011 4:01 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

This month, banks are reporting their first-quarter earnings, and while many banks are reporting healthy profits, those hoping for higher CD rates in the near future should be worried about the persistent lack of loan growth across the industry. From Joe Rauch at Reuters: Investors looking for loan growth and surging revenues at the biggest

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:30 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Ask for a better CD rate and you may receive one. It depends who you are, which bank you’re asking — and even whom you speak to at that bank. But if you’re in the market for a CD, it can’t hurt to ask. With CD rates scraping through the bottom of the barrel, savers need

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