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Local Deals Still Top Best National CD Rates

All of the best CD rates are being offered by small banks.

Those that top our rankings of the best nationally-available rates don’t care where you live.

The majority of small banks only accept deposits from local customers and the deals they offer often beat the best nationally-available rates.But the majority of small banks only sell certificates of deposit to local customers and the deals they offer often beat the best nationally-available rates.

That’s why savers trying to make a buck in this terrible market must routinely check the rates at community banks. (And nearby thrifts and credit unions, too.)

Right now, for example, local customers can earn:

3.00% APY on a 7-month CD with a minimum deposit of only $1 from South Central Bank, which has five branches in Chicago. The best nationally-available rate on a 6-month CD is 1.65%.

2.65% APY with a minimum $1,000 deposit on a 12-month CD from First National Bank in Savannah, Ga. The best nationally-available rate is 2.10%.

2.73% APY with a minimum deposit of $2,500 on a 25-month CD from First Bank in Sterling, Kan. The best nationally-available rate on a 24-month CD is 2.60%.

3.44% APY with a minimum deposit of $500 on a 36-month CD from Farmers & Merchants Bank in Statesboro, Ga. The best nationally-available rate is 3.03%.

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  1. Craig C said:
    on December 7th at 03:41 pm

    I don’t see a 7 month CD advertised on the South Central Bank website currently.

  2. Maurice Feinstein said:
    on December 7th at 08:10 pm

    Your information about CD rates at South Central Bank in Chicago is erroneous. I just checked their internet site. They do NOT offer a 3% 7 month CD. Their rates are much lower.

  3. DealMaven said:
    on December 8th at 09:13 am

    The 7-month special was not posted on South Central’s list of CD rates because it was a special offering. Many small banks don’t list all, or even any, of their CD rates on their Web sites. We just spoke to a bank representative and that offer has been discontinued.