CD Interest Rates Holding Steady at Record Lows

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RateWatch, a premier banking data and analytics service owned by TheStreet, Inc. (Nasdaq:TST), reported today that interest rates for savings products remain steady over the previous week with the national average rate for both 2 year and 3 year CDs slightly increasing by 0.01 percent based on data collected from over 90,000 financial institution locations.

The numbers reflect Federal Reserve monetary policy — which has pushed short-term rates to record lows in a bid to spark mortgage and corporate lending — as well as global supply and demand. With uncertainties in the Eurozone and China's growth, international investment continues to flow to the U.S., keeping interest rates consistently low.

Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, said rates may continue to lower levels as a result of Congress and the administration coming to terms on a long-term fiscal policy. "A credible plan to put the federal budget on a path that will be sustainable in the long run could help keep longer-term interest rates low," Bernanke said today in an address to the Economic Club of New York, "and boost household and business confidence, thereby supporting economic growth today."

NATIONAL AVERAGE RESULTS - $10K

 
  This week Last week
Money Market         0.13 0.13
1 month CD 0.07 0.07
3 month CD 0.11 0.11
6 month CD 0.18 0.18
1 year CD 0.27 0.27
2 year CD 0.43 0.44
3 year CD 0.58 0.59
4 year CD 0.72 0.72
5 year CD 0.93 0.93

TOP RATE ISSUERS - $10K

This is a list of issuers with top interest rates.  The issuer's Financial Strength Rating is an independent, unbiased evaluation of quarterly regulatory statements. Institutions are assigned a letter grade of A-E with "A" representing the highest rating based on a review of many aspects of financial safety including capitalization, asset quality, profitability and liquidity. For more information, visit www.weissratings.com/help/what-our-ratings-mean.aspx.  Information is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

 
Money Market Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest APY
Sallie Mae Bank      
801-281-1423 A-  1.050
www.salliemaebank.com      
Green Bank, National Association      
713-275-8370  500  1.000
www.greenbank.com      
Ally Bank      
877-247-2559 0.950
www.ally.com      
1 Month CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest APY
Carter Bank & Trust      
828-325-9800 2500   0.750
www.carterbankandtrust.com      
First NBC Bank      
504-671-3550 C+  1000  0.510
www.firstnbcbank.com      
Pinnacle Bank      
402-529-3581 B-  500   0.500
www.pinnbank.com      
3 Month CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest APY
Carter Bank & Trust      
828-325-9800 C  2500  0.750
www.carterbankandtrust.com      
Eloan.com      
888-533-5333 D+  10000  0.650
www.eloan.com      
EverBank      
888-882-3837 D  1500  0.570
www.everbank.com      
6 Month CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest APY
Carter Bank & Trust      
828-325-9800 2500   1.000
www.carterbankandtrust.com      
Doral Bank      
212-329-3700 E+  1000   0.910
www.doralbankdirect.com      
Beal Bank USA      
702-598-3500 1000   0.750
www.bealbankusa.com      
1 Year CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest APY
Beal Bank USA      
786-347-3601 B  1000  1.110
www.bealbankusa.com      
Carter Bank & Trust      
828-325-9800 100   1.100
www.carterbankandtrust.com      
Bank of Internet USA      
858-755-6381 B- 1000   1.100
www.bankofinternet.com      
2 Year CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest APY
Doral Bank      
850-914-2525 E+  500 1.250
www.doralbankflorida.com      
First Bank of Montana      
406-357-2244 500  1.250
www.1stbmt.com      
FirstBank Florida      
305-740-9522  1000  1.250
www.firstbankfla.com      
3 Year CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest APY
First NBC Bank      
504-671-3550 C+   10000 1.970
www.firstnbcbank.com      
Signature Bank      
646-822-1500 B+  5000 1.660
www.signatureny.com      
Doral Bank      
850-914-2525 E+  500 1.500
www.doralbankflorida.com      
4 Year CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest APY
Institution for Savings In Newburyport      
978-462-3106 1.750
www.institutionforsavings.com      
Yakima Federal Savings & Loan Association      
509-248-2634 A-   10000  1.750
www.yakimafed.com      
First Guaranty Bank      
985-345-7685 C-  500 1.700
www.fgb.net      
5 Year CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest APY
First NBC Bank      
504-671-3550 C+ 10000  2.120
www.firstnbcbank.com      
Pinnacle Bank      
402-529-3581  B-  500  2.020
www.pinnbank.com      
Institution for Savings In Newburyport      
978-462-3106  1 2.000
www.institutionforsavings.com      
       
Financial Strength Rating: A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Fair, D=Weak, E=Very Weak
Plus sign "+" = top of range, Minus sign "--" = bottom of range

Data is surveyed weekly with averages calculated each Monday afternoon from RateWatch's unbiased national interest rate survey of over 90,000 financial institution locations across the United States.

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