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Local Deals Beat Best National CD Rates

Community banks that only accept deposits from local residents continue to offer the best CD rates around.

Local bank CD ratesWhen we ranked the top-paying, nationally-available 12-month CDs earlier this month, the best deal was 2.26% APY.

Here are four small banks that are paying savers in towns from New York to Arkansas significantly more:

Massena Savings & Loan, in Massena and Waddington, N.Y., is paying 2.82% on a 12-month CD with a minimum of $1,000.

American Trust Bank, with branches in Roswell, Alpharetta and Cumming, Ga., pays 2.76% APY on a 12-month CD with a $1,000 minimum deposit.

Cornerstone Bank, with branches in Tiff City, Lanagan and South West City, Mo., doesn’t have a Web site. But it does offer 2.75% APY on a 12-month CD, also with a $1,000 minimum deposit.

First National Bank of Altheimer, Ark., has a couple of great deals on odd-term CDs. It’s paying 3.01% APY on either a 7-month or a 15-month CD with a $500 minimum deposit.

Moral to the story: You’ve got to shop your local banks before buying any certificate of deposit.

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  1. David said:
    on July 27th at 10:41 am

    First National Bank of Altheimer, Ark will not open accounts for out of state folks

  2. David said:
    on July 27th at 10:43 am

    Massena Savings & Loan will not open accounts for us out of staters either

  3. RateRunner said:
    on July 28th at 10:19 am

    Well, duh. When we say these are banks that only accept deposits from local customers they’re unlikely to let out-of-state savers open accounts. That’s why these rates never appear in our ranking of the CD rates. They aren’t available nationwide.

  4. James said:
    on July 28th at 11:59 pm

    I really appreciate this piece. Our local banks and credit unions are offering much better rates and perks than the national chains. They are also much more personable.