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6-Month CD Rates Roundup: Top National Deal Pays 1.36%, Local Pays 1.49%

A single bank, Virtual Bank, leads all competitors. It’s paying 1.36% APY on nationally available 6-month certificates.

But First Internet Bank of Indiana is close behind, paying 1.32% APY.

As always, shopping locally may earn you more from a credit union or community bank. We know of at least one local deal that’s out-paying the national leader, offering 1.49% APY.
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1-Year CD Rates Roundup: Earn 1.65% Nationally, 1.69% Locally

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The top nationally available return on 1-year certificates of deposit is currently 1.65% APY, higher than you could have earned at this time last year.

Better yet, you can earn up to 1.69% APY from credit unions and community banks, and we’ll tell you where to find those local deals.

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5-Year CD Rates Roundup: Take Home 2.45% Nationally, 2.61% Locally

Looking for the best 5-year CD rates? Right now the best you can earn nationally is 2.45% from Popular Direct.

Even though the Fed has been raising the prime rate, we haven’t seen it reflected much in certificates of deposit.

Still, it beats the 2.27% you could earn from the top 5-year CD rates at this time last year.

Fortunately, you can almost always find some better-than-average local deals.

And keep in mind that rates change daily, which is why it’s always a good idea to check Bankrate’s extensive database of the day’s best CD rates. Click here to read more

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Synchrony Bank CDs Are Worth A Look

Woman holding up a piggy bank with money coming out of it.We’ve been chatting a lot about Synchrony Bank lately. That’s because the bank keeps offering great deals.

While it’s not the leader on any single term, it’s in the top three on nearly every term.

It’s now offering 1.95% APY on a 5-year CD with a minimum deposit of $2,000, or 2.35% APY for a minimum deposit of $25,000. The national average 5-year CD pays just 0.97% APY.

On 4-year CDs, it’s offering 1.95% APY with a minimum deposit of $2,000.
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GS Bank Is Offering Top CD Rates

If you’re in the market for a CD, GS Bank is worth a look. It’s leader of the pack, paying the highest rate on nearly every term.

One deal that sticks out is its offer on 3-years.

GS Bank is offering 2.00% APY on 3-year CDs with a $500 minimum. That’s nearly a quarter of a percentage point more than the second best deal, 1.80% APY from Synchrony Bank.

You’ll also find that GS Bank is posting the top deal on 1-, 2-, 4- and 5-year CD rates.

Of course, it’s always crucial to compare the best CD rates.

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Best Checking Account Offers for September 2017

Checking account offers

If you’re in the market for a new checking account, it pays to do some shopping around. This month, the top checking account offers pay a bonus of up to $500.

As long as you can avoid the potential monthly fees, these are worth a look.

Here are Bankaholic’s picks for the best checking account offers of September 2017:

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3-Year CD Rates Roundup: Earn 2.00% Nationally

The top return among national 3-year CDs has been moving up lately. In fact, rates on 3-year CDs are around a quarter of a percentage point higher than they were at this time last year.

Now you can earn 2.00% APY from three different banks — Everbank, Connexus Credit Union and GS Bank.

But while there are several nationally-available deals worth a look, the case is as strong as ever for mid-term CD shoppers to capitalize on chart-topping rates from the country’s best-paying credit unions and community banks.

Indeed, we’ll tell you where to find local deals that beat the national leader.
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6 Safe Places to Invest Your Money

It might be tempting at times to dig a hole in your backyard and bury your savings, even when the stock market is on a rally. But if you pick safe places to invest your money, you’ll know at all times how it’s performing for you.

Here’s a list of some places to consider investing your money that have very minimal risk: Click here to read more

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2-Year CD Rates Roundup: Earn 1.81% Nationally, 2.00% Locally

24-month CDs

The top nationally available 2-year CD is paying 1.81% APY, the same as it was paying last month.

But CD rates are on the rise. And 2-years are something to keep an eye on.

You can pick up 1.81% APY from two banks — First Internet Bank of Indiana and Everbank.

The main difference between the two is the minimum deposit amounts. First Internet requires a minimum of $1,000, while EverBank requires a minimum of $5,000.

Overall, we have five banks offering 1.70% APY or higher on 2-year CD rates. And 14 banks are offering deals of 1.50% APY or better.

Of course, there are still some local banks and credit unions offering better deals.

That makes it even more important to shop around thoroughly for the best CD rates.
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