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Michigan Deal: Earn 1.46% On 18-Month CDs

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Within our constantly updated roundup of the nation’s best-paying local and regional CDs is a Great Lakes credit union with a great rate deal.

Michigan One Community Credit Union is paying 1.46% APY on 18-month certificates of deposit, with a minimum $1,000 investment.

With the top nationally available 2-year offer from the banks on our CD Rates Leaderboard standing at 1.50% APY, Michigan One’s shorter term offers an edge.

Anyone who lives or works in Michigan’s Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties can join the credit union.

In addition, those with a family member living in those counties can join, even if the originally eligible person hasn’t joined Michigan One.

The one caveat is that customers new to Michigan One must open their account in person at one of four branches, located in Ionia, Carson City and Greenville.

To find your best deal whenever you’re rate shopping, be sure to visit Bankrate’s extensive database of the day’s best CD yields. Click here to read more

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Earn 1.30% On 7-Month To 27-Month CDs In Two Markets

Not many would guess that Iowa’s largest bank also serves customers in Phoenix, but Bankers Trust Company is offering the same great CD deal in both markets.

It’s paying 1.30% APY on a pick-your-term certificate ranging from 7 to 27 months.

Compared with the top nationally available 12-month return of 1.30% APY from the banks on our CD Rates Leaderboard, the Bankers Trust deal is best at the shortest end of the range, where it handily beats the 1.05% APY you can earn from the top national 6-month CD.

Of course, it’s always prudent to check Bankrate’s extensive database of the day’s best CD rates in the country before committing to any certificate, but a 7-month yield of 1.30% APY won’t easily be outdone.

The rate can be improved even more for those willing to do additional business with Bankers Trust, with four relationship tiers offering CD rate boosts of up to 0.10%.

Bankers Trust certificates of deposit require a $1,000 minimum investment and must be opened at one of its 14 branches in central and eastern Iowa or its three branches in Phoenix and Sun City West, Arizona.

For dozens more local and regional deals like this one, be sure to visit our constantly updated roundup of the country’s top-paying credit union and community bank CDs. Click here to read more

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University Of Iowa CU Is Offering A Slam Dunk On 19-Month CDs

Once again, University of Iowa Community Credit Union is offering a top CD to savers in Iowa and Illinois and those affiliated with the university.

The latest promotion from Iowa’s largest credit union is a 19-month certificate paying 1.50% APY with a $1,000 minimum.

The deal gets even sweeter for savers who can pony up more, with deposits of at least $100,000 earning 1.60% APY and $250,000 or more 1.70% APY. In addition, any Hawkeye alumni, staff or students can become members.

Even at the lowest tier, the credit union’s deal outdoes the top nationally available returns from the banks on our CD Rates Leaderboard, where you’d have to commit to 24 months to earn 1.50% APY.

Searching through Bankrate’s extensive database of the day’s best CD rates will also show how hard this rate is to beat. Click here to read more

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5-Year CD Rates Roundup: Take Home 2.27% Nationally, 3.05% Locally

Looking for good news on 5-year CD rates? Here’s the only stretch I can make.

Since the national lead tanked to 2.27% APY this spring, it’s held steady for almost five months without getting worse.

I know. That’s not really good news. But there simply isn’t any for this term.

Despite the Federal Reserve raising interest rates in December, 60-month certificates are one of three terms on our CD Rates Leaderboard that have declined rather than inched up.

And in the case of the top 5-year yield, the drop isn’t minor — it’s a hemorrhage.

Indeed, a look through Bankrate’s extensive database of the day’s best CD rates, while always smart, will show how dismal things have become.

This makes the case as strong as ever to seek out the best local deals you can qualify for, and we’ll tell you where to find almost two dozen that pay as much as 3.05% APY.

As for whether there is national relief on the horizon, we’ll tell you what’s expected from the Fed. Click here to read more

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Pick Up A Tough-To-Beat 1.35% On 16-Month CDs Nationwide

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If a 16-month certificate can fit your savings portfolio, EBSB Direct and its parent, East Boston Savings Bank, have a competitive offer for savers anywhere in the country.

Both are paying 1.35% APY on the odd term, offering a slight premium over the top nationally available 1-year return of 1.30% APY from the banks on our CD Rates Leaderboard.

A search through Bankrate’s extensive database of the day’s best CD rates will show that this return isn’t easy to beat. Still, you should always check since new offers can crop up quickly.

Savers living in Massachusetts who can get to one of 30 branches throughout Boston and Suffolk, Essex and Middlesex counties can open the promotional CD in person.

But anyone in the country can open the same certificate of deposit via the bank’s internet operation, EBSB Direct, which only offers online products. Click here to read more

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Freedom Credit Union’s 30-Month CD Is Worth A Look

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Freedom Credit Union is offering a hot new deal for mid-term CD shoppers.

Paying 1.71% APY on 30 months, the credit union’s yield tops the best 3-year return you can find on our CD Rates Leaderboard of nationally available bank certificates.

The promotion is also enough to earn Freedom its first spot since 2012 in our roundup of the country’s best credit union and community bank CDs.

With a name like Freedom, the credit union is unsurprisingly based in the Philadelphia area. Click here to read more

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1-Year CD Rates Roundup: Earn 1.30% Nationally, 5.00% Locally

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After a bit of good news for 12-month yields this spring, summer has seen the term settle back into a status quo of sorts.

The top nationally available return on 1-year bank certificates is currently 1.30% APY, which is the same rate you could earn before the Fed’s interest rate hike in December.

In other words, short-term savers have gained no lasting ground.

Still, three of the seven terms we track have national leads lower than before the Fed increase, so at least 12-month returns aren’t in the losing column.

Fortunately, you can earn up to 2.00% APY from credit unions and community banks (and for one lucky group of savers, an astonishing 5%), and we’ll tell you where to find those local deals.

But with the Fed’s first hike translating into almost no upward rate movement by banks, it appears we’ll need to see two — or even three — rate increases if savers are going to see any boosts to their deposit returns.

So what can we expect from the Fed? And when?

It’s a guessing game that’s popular the world over, but we’ll fill you in on the details. Click here to read more

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Popular Direct Enters The Scene, Offering Eye-Catching CD Rates

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There’s a new national online bank in town, with yields competitive enough to land multiple spots on our CD Rates Leaderboard.

But in truth, it’s not a new bank at all.

The new contender is Popular Direct, which was unveiled three weeks ago. It offers only a menu of CDs and a simple savings account.

Popular Direct is the new offspring of Banco Popular North America, which is the U.S. subsidiary of Puerto Rican bank Popular Inc.

Popular Inc.’s bricks-and-mortar U.S. presence is Popular Community Bank, which operates almost 50 branches in New York, New Jersey and south Florida.

If that rings any bells, it’s because Banco Popular also owns E-Loan, and we wrote about both of them extensively last summer when E-Loan dramatically raised its rates at the same time that Puerto Rico defaulted on its debt (the two events were unrelated, as you can read here).

The CD returns you’ll see on the new Popular Direct website may also seem familiar.

That’s because they exactly mirror E-Loan’s — same terms, same APYs and same minimum deposit of $10,000.

So the obvious question is why Banco Popular birthed a new online bank that is essentially a twin of E-Loan, just in different window dressing.

To find out, I spoke yesterday with Popular Community Bank’s chief operating officer, Manuel Chinea, as I did last summer to ask about E-Loan’s dramatic new CD strategy. Click here to read more

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Take Home A Healthy 2.00% On 1-Year CDs From Financial Health FCU

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Behind a truly off-the-charts offer in Tennessee, Financial Health Federal Credit Union is offering the second-highest 12-month CD rate we’re aware of from any bank or credit union in the country.

Indianapolis-based Financial Health is paying 2.00% APY on a 1-year term, with a modest $500 minimum investment.

On our CD Rates Leaderboard of the top nationally available bank certificates of deposit, 1.30% APY is the best you can currently earn over 12 months.

Indeed, you’d have to lock in for a full four years to score 2.00% APY from a national bank.

Financial Health’s impressive offer earns it its first-ever appearance in our constantly updated rankings of the nation’s best-paying CDs from credit unions and community banks.

A search through Bankrate’s extensive database of the day’s best CD rates will be further evidence of how tough this deal is to even match, although since offers can crop up quickly, it’s still always smart to do. Click here to read more

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