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Amazingly, 6-Month CDs Look Worse

downward chart showing rates going through the floorWe still don’t have any good news to report about 6-month CD rates.

Things are actually a tad worse.

Doral Bank Direct (www.doralbankdirect.com) continues to lead the term on our CD Rates Leaderboard but has dropped its rate slightly to 0.89% APY.

The online bank of Doral Bank, which is the leading community bank in Puerto Rico that also has five branches in northwest Florida and two in New York City, requires a $500 minimum deposit.

Colorado Federal Savings Bank (www.coloradofederalbank.com), which is an online bank based in Greenwood Village, Colo., offers the second-highest rate of 0.80% APY with a $5,000 minimum deposit.

Two banks pay the third-best rate of 0.75% APY:

Discover Bank (www.discoverbank.com), which is an online bank owned by the credit card company, requires a $2,500 minimum deposit.

Presidential Bank (www.presidential.com), which has two branches in Maryland, six in Virginia and one in Washington D.C., requires a $1,000 minimum deposit.

E-Loan (www.eloan.com), which is the subsidiary of Banco Popular North America, pays 0.71% APY and requires a $10,000 minimum deposit.

Two banks offer 0.70% APY:

Ascencia (www.ascenciabank.com), which is the online division of PBI Bank in Louisville, Ky., requires a $500 minimum deposit.

Atlantic Coast Bank (www.atlanticcoastbank.net), which has 11 branches in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia, requires a $1,000 minimum deposit.

Large banks and thrifts continue to offer a record-low annual average yield of 0.17% for 6-month CDs.

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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