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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Best CD Rates with FDIC - Survey by Term

Bob Brinker is certainly correct when he says US rates are very low. The top rates for CDs this week are at Pentagon Federal Credit Union (fondly known as PenFed CU) for a 7-year certificate of deposit that currently pays 4.00% APY.

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.
See: Current US Treasury Rates as of 12/02/09
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.

Highest CD Rates Survey as of 12/02/09

Rate (APY)
(Click link for Full Rate Sheets)
Vanguard Daily
Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund
Vanguard Daily
Vanguard Tax Exempt Money Market Fund
FDIC Daily Savings
American Express Bank
Full Rate Survey <=
High Yield MM
Flagstar Bank Direct
6 Month CD
United Americas Bank
1 Year CD
United Americas Bank
18 - Month CD
Pacific Mercantile Bank
2 Year CD
Discover Bank
3 Year CD
Goldwater Bank
4 Year CD
Capital One Direct Bank
5 Year CD
Goldwater Bank
7 Year CD
Pentagon Federal CU
10 Year CD
Discover Bank
Vanguard Money Market Rates shown for Reference

If your browser shows small text, then view the original at Very Best CD Rates.

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