A certificate of deposit (CD) is a time deposit account in which your money accrues interest at a fixed yield for a set period of time, or term. CD terms typically range from as short as a few months to as long as five years, or even longer. However, if you withdraw your funds before the CD’s term ends, you’ll likely be charged an early withdrawal penalty, which is typically some or all of the interest you’ve accrued.

Find current CD rates and recent interest rate trends from Bankrate below. Here are the current national average annual percentage yields (APYs) for this week, according to Bankrate’s most recent survey:

  • 1-year CD yield: 1.8 percent APY
  • 3-year CD yield: 1.41 percent APY
  • 5-year CD yield: 1.41 percent APY

The national average rate for one-year and five-year CDs started to increase in February 2022, driven in part by rising Treasury yields and expectations of Federal Reserve rate increases. Since February 2023, the one-year CD average has been higher than the five-year CD average.

The Fed raised rates seven times in 2022, in March, May, June, July, September, November and December. It also raised rates in 2023, in the months of February, March, May and July.

These were the first rate increases since 2018, as the Fed sought to tame high inflation.

Latest average CD APYs: 3-month trend

Bankrate monitors the national average rates on various CD terms, including:

Date 1-year CD 3-year CD 5-year CD
05/13/2024 1.77% 1.39% 1.39%
05/06/2024 1.77% 1.42% 1.43%
04/29/2024 1.73% 1.40% 1.41%
04/22/2024 1.74% 1.41% 1.42%
04/15/2024 1.74% 1.41% 1.42%
04/08/2024 1.74% 1.41% 1.42%
04/01/2024 1.73% 1.41% 1.41%
03/25/2024 1.74% 1.40% 1.41%
03/18/2024 1.73% 1.42% 1.43%
03/11/2024 1.74% 1.41% 1.43%
03/04/2024 1.72% 1.41% 1.43%
02/26/2024 1.73% 1.40% 1.42%
02/19/2024 1.73% 1.40% 1.41%
02/12/2024 1.74% 1.42% 1.42%

How Bankrate calculates the national average

In June 2023, Bankrate updated its methodology that determines the national average CD rates. More than 500 banks and credit unions are surveyed weekly to generate the national averages. Among these institutions are those that are broadly available and offer high yields, as well as some of the nation’s largest banks.

Compare CD rates by term for May 2024

Current 6-month CD rates

  • Popular Direct — 5.30% APY
  • TAB Bank — 5.27% APY
  • America First Credit Union — 5.25% APY
  • Vio Bank — 5.25% APY
  • Bask Bank — 5.15% APY

See additional best 6-month CD rates.

Current 1-year CD rates

  • CIBC Bank USA — 5.36% APY
  • Limelight Bank — 5.35% APY
  • TAB Bank — 5.27% APY
  • First Internet Bank of Indiana — 5.26% APY
  • America First Credit Union — 5.25% APY

See additional best 1-year CD rates.

Current 3-year CD rates

  • First Internet Bank of Indiana — 4.61% APY
  • Popular Direct — 4.55% APY
  • Quontic Bank — 4.40% APY
  • America First Credit Union — 4.35% APY
  • LendingClub Bank — 4.30% APY

See additional best 3-year CD rates.

Current 5-year CD rates

  • First Internet Bank of Indiana — 4.50% APY
  • SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union — 4.35% APY
  • Quontic Bank — 4.30% APY
  • Popular Direct — 4.30% APY
  • America First Credit Union — 4.20% APY

See additional best 5-year CD rates.

Note: Annual percentage yields (APYs) shown were updated between May 16-23. Bankrate’s editorial team validates this information regularly, typically weekly. APYs may have changed since they were last updated and may vary by region for some products. Bankrate includes only FDIC banks or NCUA credit unions in its listings. A listing may require new money.

Current CD rates FAQs

  • The Federal Reserve’s decisions on interest rates can affect CD rates.Once the central bank makes a decision to change the rate, competitive banks will generally move CD yields in the same direction. Broader macroeconomic conditions also influence CD rates. For instance since March 2022, the one-year CD national average has mostly increased or stayed the same.

  • CD rates are determined by several factors. The decisions made by the Federal Reserve on the federal funds rate will likely influence CD rates. Competition among banks and credit unions will also influence the payout on their CDs, as well as whether or not the financial institution needs deposits. In general, online banks tend to pay higher rates than banks with branches. Changes in Treasury yields and economic conditions also influence CD rates.

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