The best 12 month CD rates in December 2018 are moving higher and might hit 3.00 percent before the end of the year. The bank that currently has the absolute best 12 month CD rates on the rate table now is VirtualBank with a rate of 2.86 percent, only 14 basis points below 3.00 percent. Three other banks have the second best 1-year CD rates for December 2018. Limelight Bank, Live Oak Bank, and Popular Direct are all offering 12 month CD rates at 2.85 percent. Rounding out the top 5 December CD rates is Merrick Bank with 12 month CD rates at 2.84 percent.