Sara Clarke is a Banking editor at NerdWallet. She has been an editor and project manager in newsrooms for two decades, most recently at U.S. News & World Report. She managed projects such as the U.S. News education rankings and the Best States rankings. Sara has appeared on SiriusXM Business Radio and iHeartMedia’s WHO Newsradio and has been quoted in The Salt Lake Tribune, The St. Paul (Minnesota) Pioneer Press and other outlets. She is based near Washington, D.C.
- Education: B.A. in journalism from University of Maryland
- Organizations: Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, ACES (The Society for Editing)
- Previous experience: U.S. News & World Report, The Seattle Times, McClatchy/Tribune, The Washington Post
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The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah ranks high on the list of best states to live in.
St. Paul Pioneer Press. MN second only to Washington, says 2021 Best States ranking.
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Opening a CD Account in 5 Steps
Decide on your CD, apply, fill out personal information, choose how you’ll receive interest and add money.
America First Credit Union Review: Checking, Savings and Certificates
America First can be a solid banking option for residents in a few states, especially for high rates on certificates.
Nationwide Review: Checking, Savings and CDs
Nationwide offers ATM fee reimbursements and competitive savings rates, but CD rates are low.
UFB Direct Review: Savings
UFB Direct's online savings and money market accounts have competitive rates.
Alaska USA Credit Union Review: Checking, Savings and CDs
Alaska USA Credit Union offers accounts with low or no fees and nationwide ATM and branch access.
Historical CD Rates: Highs, Lows and the Stories Behind Them
CD rates rose to new heights in 2022 and into 2023.