What Is a Jumbo CD?

A jumbo CD is a certificate of deposit — a type of savings account — that usually requires $100,000 to open.
Spencer Tierney
By Spencer Tierney 
Updated
Edited by Sara Clarke

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What is a jumbo CD?

A jumbo CD is a certificate of deposit that traditionally requires a minimum deposit of $100,000. Some banks and credit unions offer jumbo CDs with lower minimums, such as $25,000.

If that sum is far higher than the right amount for you to put into CDs, you can skip these CDs. Jumbo CDs don’t often have much better rates than CDs with far lower minimums, and these amounts get closer to the $250,000 cap on deposit insurance (the cap is higher in some cases, such as for joint accounts) at a bank or credit union.

Regular CD vs. jumbo CD

A jumbo CD requires more money to open than a regular CD, which can have a minimum deposit requirement of $500 or $5,000, for example. Some have no minimum, especially at some online banks such as Ally, Barclays and Capital One.

Jumbo CDs tend to have slightly higher interest rates, on average, than a regular CD, but you can generally find CDs with lower minimums that still have some of the best rates. The biggest banks, for reference, don’t tend to have high rates — at least for standard CD terms — no matter how much you deposit.

» See more options: Best regular CD rates

Apart from different rates and minimums, regular and jumbo CDs work similarly. They both keep money locked up for a fixed period, usually three months to five years. In return for sacrificing access to your funds, you earn an interest rate that is usually higher than that of a regular savings account.

» Want a short-term CD? See our list of the best 1-year rates

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Regular CD rates vs. jumbo CD rates

Credit unions tend to have the best jumbo CD rates, according to our analysis. Here are some examples of jumbo CD rates compared to regular CD rates at a few credit unions. Many credit unions call CDs share certificates or certificates. The difference in the rates of return, shown as annual percentage yields in the tables below, tends to be small.

Connexus Credit Union

Connexus’s regular certificates have a minimum opening requirement of $5,000 and its jumbo certificates require at least $100,000. (Membership is easy to obtain nationwide.)

Term

Regular certificate (CD) rate

Jumbo certificate (CD) rate

1 year

4.76% APY.

4.81% APY.

3 years

4.21% APY.

4.26% APY.

5 years

3.51% APY.

3.56% APY.

Suncoast Credit Union

Most of Suncoast’s regular certificates have a $500 minimum and its jumbo certificates require at least $100,000. (Membership is mostly restricted to Florida residents.)

Term

Regular certificate (CD) rate

Jumbo certificate (CD) rate

1 year

5.00% APY.

5.25% APY.

3 years

3.60% APY.

3.85% APY.

5 years

3.80% APY.

4.05% APY.

Navy Federal Credit Union

Navy Federal’s regular certificates have a $1,000 minimum and jumbo certificates have a $100,000 minimum. (Membership is largely restricted to members of the military and their families.)

Term

Regular certificate (CD) rate

Jumbo certificate (CD) rate

1 year

5.05% APY.

5.10% APY.

3 years

4.00% APY.

4.05% APY.

5 years

3.80% APY.

3.85% APY.

When to consider regular or jumbo CDs

CDs give some of the highest returns for deposit accounts, and they tend to work best for specific short-term goals, such as saving for a wedding or down payment for a home a few years down the road. Learn more about when CDs are worth it.

But the federal deposit insurance limit for a traditional bank account is $250,000. If you want the assurance that you will get all your money back if your bank or credit union fails, keep your deposit, and the expected interest amount you’ll earn, at or below that limit. To ensure your money is protected, you can also open a joint account, which insures $250,000 per co-owner, or consider multiple CDs from different banks.

» Need more funds insured? Learn how to insure over $250K

If you have enough savings for a jumbo CD, compare rates across both jumbo and regular CDs. In general, higher CD minimums don’t mean higher rates. People who prefer jumbo CDs might not want the risk of investing money in the stock market. But if you can tolerate risk and want higher returns for long-term investments, consider a brokerage account.

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