For many savers, a six-month certificate of deposit is the sweet spot, allowing them to tuck away money long enough to earn a higher rate while still providing a shorter withdrawal horizon than CDs that require a commitment of a year or more.

If you want to know how much interest you could earn on a six-month CD, use Bankrate’s CD calculator, which is designed to help you estimate potential earnings. Six months isn’t a long time, but it’s enough to help put you on track toward your savings goals.

CD yields tend to follow the path of Treasurys and may be impacted by Federal Reserve actions. However, once you lock in a yield, you can expect it to be consistent for the entire term of the CD — even if rates fall.

Here’s what you need to know about using a six-month CD to your advantage.

Bankrate’s picks for top 6-month CD rates

Note: Annual percentage yields (APYs) shown are as of Nov. 30, 2022. Bankrate’s editorial team updates this information regularly, typically biweekly. APYs may have changed since the last update and may vary by region for some products.

A closer look at top 6-month CD rates

Popular Direct: 4.20% APY, $10,000 minimum deposit

Popular Direct CDs are for established savers, since the CDs have a $10,000 minimum deposit requirement. The CDs come in eight fixed terms ranging from three months to five years.

Popular Direct’s High-Rise savings account also offers a competitive yield and requires a $5,000 minimum deposit. All Popular Direct deposit accounts are opened through Popular Bank.

First Internet Bank of Indiana: 4.07% APY, $1,000 minimum deposit

First Internet Bank of Indiana is an FDIC-insured financial institution that operates online and has no branches. It opened in 1999 and offers products in all 50 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.

Bask Bank: 4.00% APY, $1,000 minimum deposit

Bask Bank began offering CDs in 2022, and its four CD terms range from six months to two years. The bank also offers a savings account with a competitive APY and another savings account that earns American Airlines miles.

Bask Bank has been around since 2020 and is a division of Texas Capital Bank.

Bank5 Connect: 3.80% APY, $500 minimum deposit

Bank5 Connect is an online division of BankFive, a community bank in Massachusetts that dates back to 1855.

Bank5 Connect offers six terms of CDs, a savings account and a checking account. It is a member of the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF), which protects savers whose deposits exceed the $250,000 insurance limit of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC).

Live Oak Bank: 3.75% APY, $2,500 minimum deposit to open

Live Oak Bank offers seven terms of CDs, ranging from six months to five years.

The Wilmington, North Carolina-based bank also has a savings account that pays a competitive yield.

Synchrony Bank: 3.50% APY, $0 minimum deposit

Synchrony Bank offers competitive yields across 14 terms ranging from three months to five years. It also offers an 11-month no-penalty CD and a 24-month bump-up CD.

Synchrony offers a savings account with a competitive APY and no minimum balance requirement and a money market account.

Limelight Bank: 3.50% APY, $1,000 minimum deposit

Limelight Bank is a division of Capital Community Bank, with headquarters in Provo, Utah. Limelight Bank calls itself a conscientious bank that ties its business to eco-friendly initiatives. Savings deposits at Limelight Bank turn into loans for solar projects, according to its website.

Limelight Bank only offers CDs on its website.

Sallie Mae Bank: 3.50% APY, $2,500 minimum deposit

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.

Sallie Mae Bank offers 11 terms of CDs, savings accounts, a money market account, credit cards and private student loans.

Sallie Mae Bank offers competitive yields on its deposit products.

TAB Bank: 3.35% APY, $1,000 minimum deposit

TAB Bank (Transportation Alliance Bank) was established in 1998 in Ogden, Utah, as a banking service inside truck stops. It serves both businesses and individual customers.

TAB Bank offers CDs in eight terms ranging from six months to five years, as well as checking, savings and money market accounts.

Marcus by Goldman Sachs: 3.25% APY, $500 minimum deposit

Marcus by Goldman Sachs is the online consumer banking unit of Goldman Sachs Bank USA. Marcus offers nine terms of fixed-rate CDs, ranging from six months to six years, with competitive rates. It also has three no-penalty CD terms.

Marcus also offers a savings account that pays a competitive yield.

Quontic Bank: 3.25% APY, $500 minimum deposit

Quontic Bank was established in 2005 and has its headquarters in New York. Quontic Bank calls itself the Adaptive Digital Bank.

You only need $500 to open a Quontic Bank CD. Five terms are offered, ranging from six months to five years.

In addition to its CDs, Quontic Bank also offers a money market account, a High Yield Savings account and three checking accounts.

How to find the best 6-month CD rates

To find the best six-month CD rates, savers should ask: How much yield can I reasonably expect to earn, and in which direction are interest rates headed?

Better yields are generally available on CDs with longer maturities. So, if you’re willing to lock up your money for a year — or even up to five years — you could receive a better rate. The shorter the length of the CD term, the less interest you can expect to earn. To find the best six-month CD rates, evaluate offers from online banks and credit unions.

The advantage of a six-month CD is that you know you’ll be able to access the money in a shorter time frame. Because a CD typically comes with an early withdrawal penalty, you have to be willing to keep your money in the CD until the end of the term or lose out on some of the interest earnings. Avoid accounts with high fees and minimum deposit requirements. The early withdrawal penalty is probably the biggest issue. If you access your funds before the six months are up, you’ll pay a penalty.

6-month CD FAQs

Bankrate’s methodology for choosing the 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 around 70 widely available financial institutions, made up of the biggest banks and credit unions, as well as a number of popular online banks.

To find the best CDs, our editorial team analyzes various factors, such as: annual percentage yield (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 the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. or the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund.

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, Bank5 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, Citizens Bank (Rhode Island), Comerica Bank, Customers Bank, Delta Community Credit Union, Discover 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, Morgan Stanley Private Bank, Huntington National Bank, Investors Bank, Investors eAccess, KeyBank, 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.