Summary of Best 3-Month CD Rates April 2020
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Ally Bank CD
Popular Direct CD
TIAA Bank CD
Consumers Credit Union CD
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Here's our list of the best 3-month CD rates from banks and credit unions:
- TIAA Bank: 0.80% APY, $5,000 minimum deposit.
- Popular Direct: 0.80% APY, $10,000 minimum deposit.
- Ally Bank: 0.50% APY, no minimum deposit.
- Consumers Credit Union: 0.50% APY, $250 minimum deposit.
Last updated on April 1, 2020
We featured easy-to-join financial institutions that NerdWallet has vetted and reviewed with the highest rates for three-month CDs. Higher rates might be available elsewhere.
To recap our selections...
NerdWallet's Best 3-Month CD Rates April 2020
Frequently asked questions
The benefit of a 3-month CD is that you can take advantage of multiple renewals in one year. You have more access to funds than other CDs while still taking advantage of a fixed rate.
You could also build a short-term CD ladder, which might look like this: Open a 3-month, 6-month, 9-month and 1-year CD; when each one matures, open a new 1-year CD. You can end up with four CDs maturing in the second year, or withdraw funds at any maturity if you need them.
You should get a CD only if you know you won’t need those funds during its term. Pulling money out of a CD before its expiration date will likely result in an early withdrawal fee, which is typically a percentage of the interest earned. With a three-month CD, there’s less of a commitment, so you have more opportunities to renew in a given year if you decide you don’t need the money yet.
CD rates are quoted as an annual percentage yield, or APY, which is how much the account earns in one year, including compound interest. Banks generally compound interest monthly or daily. Most CDs have fixed rates, so they won't change as savings account rates tend to.
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It depends on what's more important to you: rates or access to your money. The best CD rates tend to be higher than the best savings account rates, but you sacrifice access to money in CDs. If that doesn't work for you, check out our list of best online savings accounts.
A CD, or certificate of deposit, is a type of savings account that keeps money locked up for a set period, or term, generally three months to five years. The longer the CD term, the higher the rate tends to be. See this month’s top three-month CD rates.
It depends on the level of risk you want to take. Investment, or brokerage, accounts can have higher returns than CDs, but CDs guarantee returns. They're typically federally insured for up to $250,000 and offer fixed interest rates. Brokerage accounts can be riskier since you aren’t protected against losses. See this month’s top three-month CD rates.