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Top CD rates today: May 8, 2024 | Explore today's highest APYs

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Key takeaways

  • Today's top CD rate across terms is 5.36% APY, offered for a one-year CD.
  • You'll find APYs of 5% or better on many CD terms.
  • Highest CD rates on most terms are at least triple the national averages.

A certificate of deposit (CD) can be a useful tool for meeting your savings goals. Whether you’re saving to buy a house, a new car or your dream vacation, a CD allows you to calculate up front exactly how much interest you’ll have earned when the term is up. This is possible due to a CD’s fixed annual percentage yield (APY).

As of today, the leading APY across CD terms is 5.36 percent, and it’s offered on a one-year term from CIBC Bank USA. A minimum deposit of $1,000 is required. Yesterday, we saw top rates decrease slightly for terms between 18 months and five years. This marked the first changes to any of the leading yields since April 11.

The table below shows top CD rates for the most common terms, as well as national averages and the amount you can earn in interest with a $5,000 deposit.

Today's top CD rates by term

CD term Institution offering top APY Highest APY National average APY Estimated earnings on $5,000 with top APY
3-month Popular Direct 5.30% 1.23% $65
6-month Popular Direct 5.30% 1.71% $131
9-month Forbright Bank 5.30% N/A $197
1-year CIBC Bank USA 5.36% 1.77% $268
18-month TAB Bank 5.00% 1.84% $380
2-year TAB Bank 4.80% 1.53% $492
3-year First Internet Bank of Indiana 4.61% 1.42% $724
4-year First Internet Bank of Indiana 4.45% 1.49% $951
5-year First Internet Bank of Indiana 4.50% 1.43% $1,231

Note: Annual percentage yields (APYs) shown are as of May 8, 2024. APYs for some products may vary by region.

N/A: Not available; Bankrate doesn’t track national averages for the 9-month CD term due to limited available data. Estimated earnings are based on the highest APYs and assume interest is compounded annually.


When a CD isn’t the best choice

A CD locks in your money for the entire length of the term, and you’ll likely be charged an early withdrawal penalty if you take out the funds sooner. As such, a CD shouldn’t be used for money that you may need in the meantime for living expenses or emergencies. A liquid savings account is a better place for funds that could be withdrawn to cover unplanned expenses such as a car repair or a medical bill.

What the current rate environment means for CDs

In 2022 and 2023, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate a total of 11 times, bringing its current target range to a 23-year high of 5.25-5.50 percent. However, the Fed has left rates unchanged for six straight meetings, due to inflation not slowing as quickly as it has in the past.

Yields on competitive savings accounts and CDs tend to move in lockstep with the Fed’s interest rate moves. As such, many banks increase their yields when the Fed raises rates, and they lower yields when the federal funds rate drops. While the Fed has held rates steady since July 2023, top CD APYs ended up peaking in late 2023 and have since been decreasing gradually.

Is it still a good time to open a CD? “Even though CD yields have pulled back a bit, you’re still able to lock in yields that are well in excess of inflation and do so for multiple years,” says Greg McBride, CFA, Bankrate’s chief financial analyst. “The declines will likely accelerate as we get closer to the Fed beginning to cut interest rates, so there is no sense in waiting.”


Research methodology

Bankrate calculates and reports the national average APYs for various CD terms. Factored into national average rates are the competitive APYs commonly offered by online banks, along with the very low rates often found at large brick-and-mortar banks.

In June 2023, Bankrate updated its methodology that determines the national average CD rates. For the process, more than 500 banks and credit unions are now surveyed each week 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.