CDs May Be Safest Play in Light of Fed's Recent Announcements

TheStreet and RateWatch Report Top CD Rate Issuers

NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- RateWatch, a premier banking data and analytics service owned by TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) reported today that interest rates for savings products remained the same over the previous week based on data collected from over 90,000 financial institution locations.

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CD rates have generally remained unchanged at record-low levels. The Federal Reserve has continued to keep the short-term federal funds rate at a range of zero to 0.25% since late 2008. Some investment officers suggest that CDs with a higher yield than money markets can be a more attractive option for cash-equivalent investments, but others warn that savers should consider whether CDs are a favorable alternative after taxes and the rate of inflation.

"The Fed's loose monetary policy, in part, attempts to encourage investors to move funds into riskier assets and the highly accommodative policy has made CDs a less attractive option in recent years," says Joe Deaux, The Street's economist. "Some investment officers see CDs as a safe play for the near term as recent announcements by the Fed's policymaking wing suggest that some members in the central bank have argued to slow monetary easing in 2013."

NATIONAL AVERAGE RESULTS - $10K


This week

Last week

Money Market

0.12

0.12

1 month CD

0.06

0.06

3 month CD

0.10

0.10

6 month CD

0.16

0.16

1 year CD

0.25

0.25

2 year CD

0.41

0.41

3 year CD

0.54

0.54

4 year CD

0.67

0.67

5 year CD

0.87

0.87

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.

Money Market

Financial Strength Rating

Minimum to Earn Interest

APY

Green Bank, National Association

C+

500

1.000

713-275-8370

www.greenbank.com

Sallie Mae Bank

A-

1

0.950

801-281-1423

www.salliemaebank.com

Ally Bank

B+

1

0.900

877-247-2559

www.ally.com

1 Month CD

Financial Strength Rating

Minimum to Earn Interest

APY

First NBC Bank

B-

1000

0.510

504-671-3550

www.firstnbcbank.com

Pinnacle Bank

B-

500

0.500

402-529-3581

www.pinnbank.com

Carter Bank & Trust

C+

2500

0.500

828-325-9800

www.carterbankandtrust.com

3 Month CD

Financial Strength Rating

Minimum to Earn Interest

APY

Eloan.com

C-

10000

0.650

888-533-5333

www.eloan.com

EverBank

D+

1500

0.600

888-882-3837

www.everbank.com

Beal Bank USA

B-

1000

0.510

702-598-3500

www.bealbankusa.com

6 Month CD

Financial Strength Rating

Minimum to Earn Interest

APY

Doral Bank

E+

500

0.900

212-584-6820

www.doralbankny.com

Beal Bank USA

B-

1000

0.750

702-598-3500

www.bealbankusa.com

Discover Bank

C+

2500

0.750

888-765-6654

www.discoverbank.com

1 Year CD

Financial Strength Rating

Minimum to Earn Interest

APY

Doral Bank

E+

500

1.150

212-584-6820

www.doralbankny.com

Beal Bank USA

B-

1000

1.110

786-347-3601

www.bealbankusa.com

Sallie Mae Bank

A-

1

1.050

801-281-1423

www.salliemaebank.com

2 Year CD

Financial Strength Rating

Minimum to Earn Interest

APY

Doral Bank

E+

500

1.400

212-584-6820

www.doralbankny.com

FirstBank Florida

D+

1000

1.250

305-740-9522

www.firstbankfla.com

First Citizens National Bank

B+

1000

1.200

615-591-2248

www.firstcitizens-bank.com

3 Year CD

Financial Strength Rating

Minimum to Earn Interest

APY

First NBC Bank

B-

10000

1.970

504-671-3550

www.firstnbcbank.com

Doral Bank

E+

500

1.550

212-584-6820

www.doralbankny.com

First Citizens National Bank

B+

1000

1.450

615-591-2248

www.firstcitizens-bank.com

4 Year CD

Financial Strength Rating

Minimum to Earn Interest

APY

Institution for Savings In Newburyport

B

1

1.750

978-462-3106

www.institutionforsavings.com

Green Bank, National Association

C+

1000

1.700

713-275-8370

www.greenbank.com

Yakima Federal Savings & Loan Association

A

10000

1.700

509-248-2634

www.yakimafed.com

5 Year CD

Financial Strength Rating

Minimum to Earn Interest

APY

First NBC Bank

B-

10000

2.120

504-671-3550

www.firstnbcbank.com

Carter Bank & Trust

C+

100

2.020

828-325-9800

www.carterbankandtrust.com

Institution for Savings In Newburyport

B

1

2.000

978-462-3106

www.institutionforsavings.com

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.

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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