Bankrate.com’s CD early withdrawal penalty study looked at five of the most common maturities and liquid CDs. This chart gives you an easy way to compare CD offerings by institution, metropolitan area and maturity as of the date of the survey.

In addition, the chart states the minimum deposit required to open an account, the yield to maturity, the institution’s stated penalty for early withdrawal, the reduction in principal if the unpaid interest is less than the penalty, the grace period on automatically renewable CDs and whether the early withdrawal penalties are the same for retirement CDs.

CD early withdrawal penalty comparison
5. Philadelphia
Institution Liquid CDs offered Term Minimum deposit Yield

(%)

Grace period on automatically renewable CDs Conditions
Bank of America Yes 9-month $5,000 0.4 7 days “Risk Free CD account” — must open online; allows you to make withdrawals every 7 days, without any penalty.
Chase Bank No
PNC Bank Yes 3-month

/12-month

$1,000 0.15

/0.60

10 days “Ready Access CD” — Full liquidity after 7 days. Penalty for withdrawal before the 7th day is equal to 6 months of interest.
TD Bank Yes 6-month

/12-month

$250 0.3

/0.45

10 days “No Catch CD” — one penalty-free withdrawal per term.
Wachovia No
Beneficial Mutual Savings Bank No “Savers Choice” – referred to as a CD but has no term.
Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania No
Firstrust Savings Bank No
Sovereign Bank Yes 6-month

/36-month

$5,000 2

/2.9

N/A “Save and Invest CD package” — 1/2 of your deposit goes into a 6-mo CD at 2%. You can withdraw the funds after 7 days with no penalty. The other half of your deposit goes into a variable 36-mo CD tied to the S&P index. High penalties if you withdraw the funds from the 36-mo (9% first year; 6% second year; 3% 3rd year).
Wilmington Savings Fund Society Yes 3-month

/4-month

/5-month

$5,000 0.25 10 days “No Penalty CD” — minimum withdrawal of $500 after first 7 days; make deposits of $500 anytime, without changing the term; 3-mo can be opened online, 4-mo and 5-mo must be opened in the branch.

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