Top CD rates today: July 3, 2024 | Highest APYs Are Above 5% (2024)


Top CD rates today: July 3, 2024 | Highest APYs Are Above 5% (1)

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Key takeaways

  • Today's leading CD rate across terms is 5.35% APY, offered on a 6-month CD.
  • In addition to choosing a CD based on APY, be sure to pick a term that suits your financial goals.
  • When shopping around, you can often find rates three times the national averages.

Opening a fixed-rate certificate of deposit (CD) with a term of at least one year, today, should give you peace of mind that your savings will continue to earn the same annual percentage yield (APY) should rates begin to retreat later this year. APYs on competitive CDs have been high as of late because they follow the federal funds rate, which is currently at a range of 5.25-5.50 percent — the highest it has been since early 2001. But with the Federal Reserve expected to lower rates later this year, CD APYs could eventually drop, in turn.

Some banks are lowering CD rates in preparation of Fed rate cuts later this year. CIBC Bank has shown some rate volatility over the past few days. Its one-year CD started off the week at a high of 5.36 percent APY. The following day, the rate dipped to 5.09 percent APY. Then, in a surprise move, the rate rose again to 5.21 percent APY. Although higher than yesterday's rate, it is still 0.15 percentage points below this week's high for the bank's one-year CD term. This volatility in CD rates reflects the current uncertain interest rate environment.

Right now, the leading APY across CD terms among the banks we monitor is 5.35 percent, which is available on a 6-month CD from Bask Bank, requiring a $1,000 minimum deposit. You’ll find that many shorter terms are earning higher yields than longer ones in the current rate environment.

The table below shows top CD rates for the most common terms, as well as national averages and the amount you can earn in interest with a $5,000 deposit.

Today's CD rates by term

CD termInstitution offering top APYHighest APYNational average APYEstimated earnings on $5,000 with top APY
3-monthAmerica First Credit Union5.25%1.25%$64
6-monthBask Bank5.35%1.75%$132
9-monthForbright Bank5.30%N/A$197
1-yearBask Bank5.30%1.81%$265
18-monthBask Bank5.00%1.89%$380
2-yearFirst Internet Bank of Indiana4.76%1.55%$487
3-yearFirst Internet Bank of Indiana4.61%1.43%$724
4-yearFirst Internet Bank of Indiana4.45%1.49%$951
5-yearFirst Internet Bank of Indiana4.50%1.43%$1,231

Note: Annual percentage yields (APYs) shown are as of July 3, 2024. APYs for some products may vary by region.

N/A: Not available; Bankrate doesn’t track national averages for the 9-month CD term due to limited available data. Estimated earnings are based on the highest APYs and assume interest is compounded annually.

When is a CD a good idea?

A CD can be a good place for money you’re saving for future purchases or expenses. For instance, you might put money into a 1-year CD for a vacation you’re planning for next year. Or, you might deposit funds into a five-year CD to make a down payment on a house soon after the CD matures. A benefit of locking in your money is you’ll be less tempted to use it for impulse purchases in the meantime.

What the current rate environment means for CDs

In 2022 and 2023, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate a total of 11 times, bringing its current target range to a 23-year high of 5.25-5.50 percent. However, the Fed has left rates unchanged for seven straight meetings, due to inflation not slowing as quickly as it has in the past.

Yields on competitive savings accounts and CDs tend to move in lockstep with the Fed’s interest rate moves. As such, many banks increase their yields when the Fed raises rates, and they lower yields when the federal funds rate drops. While the Fed has held rates steady since July 2023, top CD APYs ended up peaking in late 2023 and have since been decreasing gradually.

Is it still a good time to open a CD?

“Even though CD yields have pulled back a bit, you’re still able to lock in yields that are well in excess of inflation and do so for multiple years,” says Greg McBride, CFA, Bankrate’s chief financial analyst. “The declines will likely accelerate as we get closer to the Fed beginning to cut interest rates, so there is no sense in waiting.”


Research methodology

Bankrate calculates and reports the national average APYs for various CD terms. Factored into national average rates are the competitive APYs commonly offered by online banks, along with the very low rates often found at large brick-and-mortar banks.

In June 2023, Bankrate updated its methodology that determines the national average CD rates. For the process, more than 500 banks and credit unions are now surveyed each week to generate the national averages. Among these institutions are those that are broadly available and offer high yields, as well as some of the nation’s largest banks.

Top CD rates today: July 3, 2024 | Highest APYs Are Above 5% (2024)
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