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BBVA Offers Unique Savings Bonus

BBVA Compass LogoBBVA Compass is offering a unique savings account payout if you set money aside each month. For that behavior, the bank will give you a year-end bonus of up to $250.

Residents of seven states, including the biggies of California, Texas and Florida, can open the Build My Savings account with the bank, based in Birmingham, Ala.

The account is intended to get you saving regularly, but you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck if you’re able to set $10,000 aside for the year. Click here to read more

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Highest CD Rates Roundup For April 18

Bringing you the very best CD rates from credit unions and local banks.Are certificates of deposit and savings accounts good long-term investments?

Better than stocks? Real estate? Gold?

Most Americans say no, according to a new survey.

But here’s the thing: Your ceiling may be lower with CDs, but at least you know what you’re going to get. Stocks, real estate and gold can be hugely risky investments. Click here to read more

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CD Rates Leaderboard For April 18, 2014

Was it because we wondered aloud — just one day ago — if a bank would bust through the logjam at the top of the 12-month CD term?

No matter if VirtualBank heard our plea, this Florida-based online bank now sits at the top of our CD Rates Leaderboard, boosting 1-year CD rates to 1.07% APY.

In more good news, VirtualBank now also owns the top 24-month CD, as well. It increased its yield here from 1.11% APY to 1.26% APY.

Both certificates of deposit require a $10,000 minimum deposit. Click here to read more

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Discover Raises CD Rates, But Still Baffles

Discover logoI suppose Discover Bank should be commended.

Last week, it raised its long-term CD rates.

Here are the current and previous rates for Discover’s 5-, 7- and 10-year online CDs: Click here to read more

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CD Rates Leaderboard For April 17, 2014


Christmas Eve 2012. That’s the last time Maine-based ableBanking dropped into the top spot on our CD Rates Leaderboard for 12-month CDs.

The online division of Northeast Bank, with 10 branches in the Pine Tree State, paid 1.05% APY with a minimum deposit of $1,000.

There’s a timeline below of what’s happened to the best nationally available 1-year bank CDs since then. See if you can notice a pattern. Click here to read more

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2-State Deal: CDs Pay Up To 3%

Hand pressing buttons on a calculatorPatriot Federal Credit Union has a trio of special CD rates for its Pennsylvania and Maryland members — and one even reaches 3.00%.

With a $25,000 minimum deposit of new money, it pays:

  • 2.00% APY for 36-month CDs.
  • 3.00% APY for 60-month CDs.

Click here to read more

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Top Mid-Term Rates Hit 2.2% In Nevada

Nevada quarterThe last time we found great CD rates in Nevada was … well, never.

So kudos to Greater Nevada Credit Union for bringing a trio of odd-term specials to its 45,000 members in northern Nevada.

With a $1,000 minimum deposit, it pays:

  • 1.20% APY for 17-month CDs.
  • 1.70% APY for 27-month CDs.
  • 2.20% APY for 37-month CDs.

Click here to read more

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2-State Deal: Checking Pays 3.25%

When we wrote about JD Bank (www.jdbank.com) — then called Jeff Davis Bank — in 2011, the bank was paying far more than the best nationally available savings account deal.

And that’s still the case today.

The Jennings, La.-based bank, which serves customers in Louisiana and southeast Texas, pays 1.25% APY on balances to $15,000 on its Kasasa Saver account, nearly a quarter of a percentage point more than SFGI Direct (www.sfgidirect.com), which leads our national rankings.

JD Bank’s Kasasa Cash rewards checking account, which must be opened with the Saver account, pays 3.25% APY on balances to $10,000, which is among the top rates in the nation. Click here to read more

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You Have $2,000, But Lots Of Folks Don’t

Poll QuestionWe all know the unexpected happens.

Cars break down. Roofs leak. Jobs are eliminated.

Expenses like these are the stuff an emergency fund is for — right?

But a survey found 39% of people “probably/certainly” couldn’t come up with $2,000 to meet an unexpected expense in the next month.

That’s pretty frightening. Click here to read more

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