For shorter term, United Americas Bank has a 1-year CD with a 2.10% annual percentage rate.
Both CDs compare well with 1-yr and 7-yr US Treasuries that currently only pay 0.25% and 2.79%, respectively. Both CDs and treasuries are backed by the US government. With CDs, the backing by the US is limited to FDIC & NCUA rules to $250,000 per name on the account per institution (there are ways to get FDIC and NCUA for many times $250,000) while the amount guaranteed is unlimited for US Treasuries.
With rates so low, banks will try to sell you their annuity products. Make sure you read our article "Beware of Annuities."
The table below shows the best CD rates for other terms. If that table is hard to read, then try reading the original at Very Best CD Rates.
|Term ||Highest |
(Click link for Full Rate Sheets)
|Vanguard Daily ||0.11% || Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund |
|Vanguard Daily ||0.16% ||Vanguard Tax Exempt Money Market Fund|
|FDIC Daily Savings ||1.70% ||American Express Bank |
=> Full Rate Survey <=
|High Yield MM ||1.70% ||Flagstar Bank Direct|
|6 Month CD ||1.60% ||United Americas Bank|
|1 Year CD ||2.10% ||United Americas Bank|
|18 - Month CD ||2.10% ||Pacific Mercantile Bank|
|2 Year CD ||2.25% ||Discover Bank|
|3 Year CD ||2.99% ||Goldwater Bank|
|4 Year CD ||3.00% ||Capital One Direct Bank |
|5 Year CD ||3.50% ||Goldwater Bank|
|7 Year CD ||4.00% ||Pentagon Federal CU|
|10 Year CD ||3.70% ||Discover Bank|
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