A two-year CD can be a useful financial tool for those looking to secure a higher interest rate on their savings without committing to locking up their money long term. It may also pay a higher rate of return than a high-yield savings account.
What is a 2-year CD?
Think of a CD as a higher-paying savings account that’s stashed in a safe with a time lock. But unlike a savings account with a variable annual percentage yield (APY), the yield on a CD is fixed and won’t change during the term. At the end of the term, you can renew the CD or shop around for another one, potentially with a higher yield, if the interest rate environment has improved. After a CD’s maturity date, it likely will renew automatically after a grace period, typically within seven to 10 days.
The best two-year CD rates pay far more than the national average of 0.86 percent APY, according to Bankrate’s national index survey of banks and thrifts from Sept. 21, 2022. Here are some of the top widely available two-year CD rates. Compare these offers, then calculate how much interest you could earn when your CD matures.
Bankrate’s picks for the top 2-year CD rates
- Bread Savings (formerly Comenity Direct): 3.50% APY; $1,500 minimum deposit
- TAB Bank: 3.32% APY; $1,000 minimum deposit
- Popular Direct: 3.30% APY; $10,000 minimum deposit
- LendingClub: 3.25% APY; $2,500 minimum deposit
- Live Oak: 3.25% APY; $2,500 minimum deposit
- First Internet Bank of Indiana: 3.20%; $1,000 minimum deposit
- Sallie Mae Bank: 3.20% APY; $2,500 minimum deposit
- USAA Bank: 3.14% APY; $1,000 minimum deposit
- Marcus by Goldman Sachs: 3.10% APY; $500 minimum deposit
- Pentagon Federal Credit Union: 3.10% APY; $1,000 minimum deposit
- Citizens Bank: 3.10% APY; $5,000 minimum deposit
- Bethpage Federal Credit Union: 3.05% APY; $50 minimum deposit
- TIAA Bank: 3.05% APY; $1,000 minimum deposit
Note: Annual percentage yields (APYs) shown are as of Sept. 28, 2022, and may vary by region for some products. Bankrate’s editorial team regularly updates this information. Some APYs may have changed since they were last updated.
A closer look at the top 2-year CD rates
Bread Savings (formerly Comenity Direct): 3.50% APY; $1,500 minimum deposit
Bread Savings, formerly Comenity Direct, is an online bank that offers high-yield savings products and five terms of CDs ranging from one to five years.
Bread Savings is part of Comenity Capital Bank, which is a unit of Bread Financial.
TAB Bank: 3.32% APY; $1,000 minimum deposit
Transportation Alliance Bank (TAB) was established in Ogden, Utah, in 1998. It started as a banking service operating inside truck stops before expanding its financial services with a range of personal and business products.
TAB Bank offers eight terms of CDs ranging from six months to five years, several checking and savings account options and a money market account.
Popular Direct: 3.30% APY; $10,000 minimum deposit
Popular Direct CDs are for established savers, since the CDs have a $10,000 minimum deposit requirement. The CDs are offered in eight fixed terms, from three months to five years. Popular Direct’s High-Rise savings account offers a competitive yield and requires a $5,000 minimum deposit.
All Popular Direct deposit accounts are opened through Popular Bank.
LendingClub Bank: 3.25% APY; $2,500 minimum deposit
LendingClub Bank is a digital financial company that offers personal and business banking products. It acquired Radius Bank in early 2021. LendingClub Bank offers five terms of CDs, a high-yield savings account with a competitive yield and a checking account that earns cash back.
Live Oak Bank: 3.25% APY; $2,500 minimum deposit
Live Oak Bank was founded in 2008 and has its headquarters in Wilmington, North Carolina. The online bank offers seven terms of CDs ranging from six months to five years.
It also offers an online savings account with a competitive yield and no monthly service fee or minimum balance requirement.
First Internet Bank of Indiana: 3.20% APY; $1,000 minimum deposit
First Internet Bank of Indiana opened in February 1999 and was the first FDIC-insured financial institution to operate entirely online, according to the bank’s website. Its products are available in all 50 U.S. states.
First Internet Bank offers eight terms of CDs, a money market savings account with a competitive yield, a savings account and two checking accounts.
Sallie Mae Bank: 3.20% APY; $2,500 minimum deposit
Sallie Mae Bank offers 11 terms of CDs, as well as a savings account and a money market account with no minimum balance requirements or monthly fees. All of these products offer competitive yields.
Sallie Mae Bank was established in 2005 and has its headquarters in Salt Lake City. In 2014, Sallie Mae became a stand-alone consumer banking business.
USAA Bank: 3.14% APY; $1,000 minimum deposit
USAA is an online bank for military members, military veterans and their families. Without a link to the military, you might not qualify to join.
USAA offers CDs in terms ranging from one month to seven years. It also offers checking and savings accounts, credit cards and mortgages and other loans.
Marcus by Goldman Sachs: 3.10% APY; $500 minimum deposit
Marcus is Goldman Sachs’ consumer bank. It debuted in 2016 and offers a variety of CDs, three terms of no-penalty CDs and a savings account. Marcus features competitive yields on its savings accounts and CDs.
It also offers personal loans, as well as loans for debt consolidation and home improvement.
Pentagon Federal Credit Union: 3.10% APY; $1,000 minimum deposit
Pentagon Federal Credit Union was established in 1935. It has more than 2 million members and is based in McLean, Virginia. PenFed has nine terms of CDs, ranging from six months to seven years.
Citizens Bank: 3.10% APY; $5,000 minimum deposit
Citizens Bank was launched in July 2018. It is an online bank and a division of Citizens Financial Group Inc. It offers a competitive yield on its savings account and CDs. CD terms run from one year to five years. Citizens also offers an 11-month liquid (no penalty) CD.
All of its products require a $5,000 minimum deposit.
Bethpage Federal Credit Union: 3.05% APY; $50 minimum deposit
Bethpage Federal Credit Union was founded in 1941 for people working at Grumman. It is located in Bethpage, New York and has more than 400,000 members.
It offers nine terms of CDs ranging from three months to five years. Bethpage also offers a 39-month bump-up CD. In addition, Bethpage offers checking accounts, savings accounts, loans and other financial products.
TIAA Bank – 3.05% APY; $1,000 minimum deposit
TIAA Bank is a division of TIAA, FSB. TIAA Bank has 10 financial centers, all located in Florida.
TIAA Bank CDs have terms from three months to five years and require $1,000 to open. TIAA Bank also offers IRA-eligible CDs. Besides CDs, TIAA Bank offers checking, savings and money market accounts.
2-year CD FAQs
Methodology for Bankrate’s Best CD Rates
At Bankrate, we strive to help you make smarter financial decisions. We follow strict guidelines to ensure that our editorial content is unbiased and not influenced by advertisers. Our editorial team receives no direct compensation from advertisers and our content is thoroughly fact-checked to ensure accuracy.
Bankrate regularly surveys some 70 widely available financial institutions, made up of the biggest banks and credit unions, as well as several popular online banks.
To find the best CDs, our editorial team analyzes various factors, such as: APY, the minimum needed to earn that APY (or to open the CD) and whether or not it is broadly available. All of the accounts on this page are insured by Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) or by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF).
When selecting the best CD for you, consider the purpose of the money and when you’ll need access to these funds to help you avoid early withdrawal penalties.
Banks we monitor
These financial institutions are featured in our CD rate research: Alliant Credit Union, Ally Bank, Amerant Bank, America First Credit Union, American Express National Bank, Axos Bank, Bank 5 Connect, Bank of America, Bank of the West, Barclays, Bask Bank, BB&T, BECU (Boeing Employees Credit Union), Bethpage Federal Credit Union, BMO Harris Bank, Bread Savings (formerly Comenity Direct), BrioDirect, Capital One Bank, Chase Bank, CIBC USA, CIT Bank, Citibank, Citizens Access, Citizens Bank (Rhode Island), Comerica Bank, Customers Bank, Delta Community Credit Union, Discover Bank, E-Trade Bank, Emigrant Direct, Fifth Third Bank, First Citizens Bank, First Internet Bank, First Technology Federal Credit Union, FNBO Direct, Golden 1 Credit Union, Marcus by Goldman Sachs, Huntington National Bank, Investors Bank, Investors eAccess, KeyBank, LegacyTexas Bank, Limelight Bank, Live Oak Bank, M&T Bank, MySavingsDirect, Navy Federal Credit Union, NBKC Bank, PenFed Credit Union, PNC Bank, Popular Direct, Purepoint Financial, Quontic Bank, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, Regions Bank, Salem Five Direct, Sallie Mae Bank, Santander Bank, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, Security Service Federal Credit Union, State Employees’ Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union, Suntrust Bank, Synchrony Bank, TD Bank, TIAA Bank, UFB Direct, Union Bank (California), U.S. Bank, USAA Bank, Vio Bank, VyStar Credit Union, Wells Fargo and Zions Bank.