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3-Month CD Rates Top Out At 1.25%

Here's a mid-week rundown of the best, nationally available CD rates based on our current rankings.

A small bank in suburban St. Louis now has the best 3-month CD rates.

Fortune Bank, which has a single branch in Arnold, is paying 1.25% APY with a minimum deposit of $1,000.

That’s less than half of the 2.55% APY TotalBank in Miami was paying when it jumped to the top of our rankings of 3-month CD rates last June.

Even though that return fell to 1.85%, then to 1.65%, and finally 1.40% in mid-January, TotalBank continued to offer the best deal for an incredible seven months because other banks were cutting their rates even faster.

But when it cut its rate to 1.10% APY on Feb. 1, TotalBank fell out of our rankings.

Kudos on the great run. Most banks offer the best rates in the country for a few weeks. Maybe a month. And we didn’t receive a single complaint about TotalBank’s customer service during the time it was on top.

Four banks are tied for second place, with each offering 1.14% APY on nationally available 3-month certificates of deposit. They are:

Nexity Bank, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., with four banking offices in Georgia and North and South Carolina. A $1,000 minimum deposit is required.

UFB Direct, requires a minimum deposit of $8,000. CDs sold at this Web site actually come from Waterfield Bank, which has a couple of full-service offices in Carmel, Ind., and Germantown, Md.

Golf Savings Bank, based in Mountlake Terrace, Wash., has 38 branches in Washington, Montana, Idaho and Oregon. A $10,000 minimum deposit is required.

Excel National Bank a single-location bank in Beverly Hills, Calif., requires a $10,000 minimum deposit.

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