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3-Month CD Rates: Same Except The Name

AloStar Bank of Commerce has the top nationally available 3-month CD rates.There’s a new name on top when it comes to 3-month CD rates.

It’s not a new leader, just a new bank.

In April, federal regulators seized Nexity Bank and turned it over to new owners, AloStar Bank of Commerce.

After a bit of a transition, AloStar recently dropped the Nexity name from its website (www.nexitybank.com or www.alostarbank.com).

So will we.

And so AloStar, the online bank based in Birmingham, Ala., is the “new” leader in nationally available 3-month CD rates, offering the same 0.81% APY with a $1,000 minimum deposit it’s advertised since early May.

Hudson City Savings and Virtual Bank are still tied for second best rate of 0.75% APY.

Hudson City Savings (www.hcsbonline.com), which has 130 branches in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, requires a $500 minimum deposit for anyone living in that tri-state area, but a $5,000 minimum deposit for everyone else.

Virtual Bank (www.virtualbank.com), the online division of Lydian Private Bank, based in Palm Beach, Fla., requires a $10,000 minimum deposit.

Two other banks we’re tracking for our CD Rates Leaderboard that have rates worth mentioning:

  • 0.70% APY at OneWest Bank (www.owb.com), which has 82 branches in southern California and requires a $1,000 minimum deposit.
  • 0.60% APY at Sanibel Captiva Community Bank (www.sancapbank.com), which has three branches in southwest Florida and requires a $1,000 minimum deposit.

The average annual yield large banks and thrifts for 3-month CDs is now 0.17%.

Banks qualify for our rankings by imposing no restrictions on who can buy their certificates of deposit, either online or through the mail.

Compare these returns with the best CD rates from scores of banks in our extensive database.

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