The Top 6 month CD Rates – September 2017


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Short-term certificate of deposit (CD) accounts offer investors a safe opportunity to squirrel away money for a future expense. If you’re looking for a brief solution for storing your cash and want to earn more interest than a typical savings account will offer, a 6 month CD can make a lot of sense. (It’s also a good place to start if you’re building a CD ladder .)
Using information from our sister company DepositAccounts.com, a database of offerings at more than 17,100 banks and credit unions, we found the five banks and five credit unions with the top 6 month CD rates. If there was a tie, we chose the institution with the smaller minimum-deposit requirement. We pulled these rates Sept. 5, 2017, and we excluded promotional offerings. The national average APY on 6 month CDs (among banks and credit unions) is 0.38%, according to the DepositAccounts.com database. These options outperform that average by a long shot. (You may also want to view our picks for the overall best CD rates .)
Banks with the best 6 month CD rates



VirtualBank
6 month CD APY: 1.36%
Bank information: VirtualBank is a subsidiary of Louisiana-based IBERIABANK Corp., offering 24/7 digital or telephone access on eCDs, open to applicants anywhere in the U.S.
Where to open CD account: Online (paperless account options)
Minimum balance to open: $10,000
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: 30 days’ interest
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First Internet Bank of Indiana
6 month CD annual percentage yield (APY): 1.32%
Bank information: A subsidiary of First Internet Bancorp, this online bank founded in 1999 has no branch locations, but offers service online in all 50 states.
Where to open CD account: Online
Minimum balance to open: $1,000
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: 90 days’ interest
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Live Oak Bank
6 month CD annual percentage yield (APY): 1.25%
Bank information: Live Oak Bank started in 2008 with a focus on small-business financing. It also offers personal banking products, including a range of CDs, to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with Social Security numbers.
Where to open CD account: Online
Minimum balance to open: $2,500
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: 90 days’ interest
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Nationwide Bank
6 month CD APY: $100,000+, 1.25%; less than $100,000, 1.20%
Bank information: Nationwide began offering banking services in 2007 under its parent company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. Its corporate headquarters are located in Columbus, Ohio. The bank offers CDs with terms from three months to five years, open to anyone in the United States meeting minimum requirements.
Where to open CD account: Online
Minimum balance to open: $500
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: 90 days’ interest
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ableBanking
6 month CD APY: 1.05%
Bank information: ableBanking was founded by former professionals from brick-and-mortar banks. A solely online bank, ableBanking is a division of Maine-based Northeast Bank, founded in 1872. CD accounts are open to all U.S. residents over 18 years of age.
Where to open CD account: Online
Minimum balance to open: $1,000
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: 90 days’ interest
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Credit unions with the best 6 month CD rates



Chevron Federal Credit Union
6 month CD APY: 1.05%
Credit union information: Founded in 1935, the Chevron Federal Credit Union is a private, not-for-profit institution with branches in California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Utah.
Membership details: Membership is open to Chevron Corp. employees, retirees and affiliates, residents of San Francisco, and residents in Frederick County, Md.
Where to open CD account: Branch locations and online
Minimum balance to open: $500
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: 90 days’ interest
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Northwest Federal Credit Union
6 month CD APY: $250,000+, 1.05%; $100,000-$249,999, 0.95%; $1,000-$99,999, 0.85%
Credit union information: Founded 70 years ago, Northwest Federal Credit Union currently serves approximately 200,000 members.
Membership details: Government employees, retirees and household members affiliated with the National Reconnaissance Office, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and member companies .
Where to open CD account: Online banking , branches, or phone: 703-709-8900 (844-709-8900 toll-free).
Minimum balance to open: $1,000, $100,000, and $250,000.
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: The credit union uses an APY calculation that reduces interest earnings based on the amount withdrawn prior to maturity.
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Blue Federal Credit Union
6 month CD APY: 6 month Sapphire, 0.90%; 6 month Gold, 0.65%; 6 month Silver, 0.40%. (Interest-rate rewards — Sapphire, Gold and Silver — are calculated based on length of membership.)
Credit union information: Blue Federal was founded as a member-owned, not-for-profit institution in 2016 with the merger of Warren Federal Credit Union (chartered in 1951) and Community Financial Credit Union (chartered in 1956). Today it serves 74,000 members at its branches in Colorado and Wyoming.
Membership details: Applicants must be a family relative of an existing member, employed with F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Military Entities, or an employee (or retiree) of one of Blue Federal’s Select Employee Groups .
Where to open CD account: At BFCU branches in Colorado and Wyoming.
Minimum balance to open: $2,000
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: Determined by credit union based on interest percentage earned on amount of withdrawal.
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PenFed Credit Union
6 month CD APY: 0.85%
Credit union information: PenFed, established in 1935, today serves more than 1.6 million members at branch locations in all 50 states and select overseas facilities.
Membership details: Open to current or retired members of the U.S. military, federal employees, affinity partners, members of qualifying organizations (see online membership application page), or by donating to Voices for America’s Troops or the National Military Family Association.
Where to open CD account: Branch locations or online
Minimum balance to open: $1,000
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: 90 days’ interest
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USALLIANCE Financial
6 month CD APY: 0.80%
Credit union information: Founded as a credit union for IBM employees in 1966, USALLIANCE Financial today serves more than 90,000 members worldwide through 6,000 branches and 25,000 ATMs (surcharge-free).
Membership details: Applicants must be a relative of an existing USALLIANCE member, reside in one of five Massachusetts counties, work in select New York and Connecticut locations, or work in participating membership companies (you can find the requirements by visiting the website, clicking “Open an Account” and then “Open a Primary Account”).
Where to open CD account: Branch locations
Minimum balance to open: $500
Maintenance fees: $0
Early withdrawal penalties: Credit union calculates a “significant penalty” of 360 days of dividends.
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Pros and cons of using 6 month CDs


Pros:

6 month CD rates offered by banks and credit unions are generally higher than those on savings accounts.
6 month CD rates are fixed and guaranteed for the length of their term.
The discipline of keeping the funds in the CD means the money will be available upon maturity. (Note: Most banks offer a seven-day grace period to reinvest or withdraw the investment, after which the funds will roll over into a new CD. However, you are not guaranteed the same rate.)



Cons:

6 month CD rates are lower than those offered on longer CD investment terms.
To tap into the CD funds — even for emergencies — consumers must accept a loss through penalties, which can include a percentage of the funds, a percentage of the earned interest, or a combination of both. A typical penalty on a short-term CD is between 30 and 90 days’ worth of interest earnings.
If you’re not confident you can do without access to the funds for six months, you may be better off putting your money in a traditional savings account, which is likely to earn less interest than a CD.
Since CD rollovers may reset at a different percentage rate, consumers must speak with the bank before the seven-day grace period ends to ensure they are getting the best deal.



Using a 6 month CD for laddering
A CD ladder comprises small-amount CDs with varying terms and respective interest rates that contribute to a long-term investment strategy. After the 6 month CD matures, the investor can withdraw the funds for a predetermined expense. Or, they can reinvest the money into a longer-term CD with a better rate. By staggering the maturity dates on short-term CDs, the consumer has access to their cash on a regular, predictable basis.
Where can you open a CD account?
Consumers can open 6 month CD accounts (or longer) from banks and credit unions. Bank and credit union CD rates are based on Federal Reserve rates, and there may be strategic times to pursue these short-term instruments following a rate increase.


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