Current CD Rates, the Calm Before the Storm
The next few months will be the calm before the storm regarding CD rates. Banks and credit unions will keep CD rates near current levels until the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) increases the federal funds rate. Our money is on the FOMC increasing the fed funds rate in the June meeting.
The last time the fed funds rate was increased was way back in July 2006, when the rate was increased from 5.00 percent to 5.25 percent. You can view the rate's history going back to 1954 on the St. Louis Fed's website: Fed Funds Rate Chart
The current fed funds rate, near 0.00 percent, is a long way away from 5.00 percent. Unless inflation picks up considerably, we don't expect to see the fed funds rate near 5.00 percent until 2018. By the end of 2015, the rate should be near 1.00 percent, which will send 1 year bank CD rates above 2.00 percent. The last time we saw a 2.00 percent rate on a 1 year certificate of deposit was about 5 years ago.
Right now the best CD rates on 1 year certificates of deposit offered by a bank are at 1.22 percent with an APY of 1.23 percent. The best CD rate offered by a credit union on the rate table is slightly higher at 1.30 percent with an APY of 1.31 percent.
You can view average CD rates in the chart to the right.
Listed below are the highest CD rates at banks and credit unions for April 13, 2015:
6 Month CD Interest Rates
1 Year CD Interest Rates
2 Year CD Interest Rates
3 Year CD Interest Rates
4 Year CD Interest Rates
5 Year CD Interest Rates
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