Summary of Best 5-Year CD Rates April 2020
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Marcus by Goldman Sachs CD
Discover Bank CD
American Express National Bank CD
Citizens Access CD
Sallie Mae Bank CD
Ally Bank CD
TIAA Bank CD
Synchrony Bank CD
Alliant Credit Union CD
Connexus Credit Union CD
CIT Bank CD
Capital One CD
Vio Bank CD
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NerdWallet's best 5-year CD rates April 2020
- American Express Bank: 2.00% APY.
- Marcus by Goldman Sachs: 1.90% APY.
- Barclays: 1.85% APY.
- Discover Bank: 1.80% APY.
- CIT Bank: 1.70% APY.
- TIAA Bank: 1.70% APY.
- Synchrony Bank: 1.65% APY.
- Citizens Access: 1.65% APY.
- Ally Bank: 1.60% APY.
- Connexus Credit Union: 1.56% APY.
- Vio Bank: 1.50% APY.
- Alliant Credit Union: 1.50% APY.
- Sallie Mae Bank: 1.45% APY.
- Capital One: 1.40% APY.
Last updated on April 1, 2020
We took a close look at over 70 financial institutions, including the largest U.S. banks based on assets, debit card volume, internet search traffic and other factors; the nation’s largest credit unions, based on deposits as well as broad-based membership requirements; and other notable and/or emerging players in the industry. We rated them on criteria including annual percentage yields, minimum balances, fees, digital experience and more; we favored those with the highest CD rates. We excluded banks that offered brokered CDs, since those accounts work differently from standard bank CDs. Higher rates might be available elsewhere. Financial institutions surveyed include: Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Alliant Credit Union, Ally Bank, America First Credit Union, American Express, Aspiration, Associated Bank, Axos Bank, Bank5 Connect, Bank7, Bank of America, Bank of the West, Barclays, BB&T, BBVA, Boeing Employees Credit Union, BMO Harris, Capital One 360, Charles Schwab Bank, Chase, Chime, CIBC U.S., CIT, Citibank, Citizens Access, Citizens Bank, Comerica Bank, Commerce Bank, Connexus Credit Union, Consumers Credit Union, Discover Bank, E-Trade, Fidelity, Fifth Third Bank, First National Bank, First Tech Federal Credit Union, GoBank, Golden 1 Credit Union, GS Bank, HSBC Bank USA, Huntington Bank, KeyBank, M&T Bank, Moven, Navy Federal Credit Union, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, PNC, Popular Direct, PurePoint Financial, Radius Bank, Redneck Bank, Regions Bank, Sallie Mae Bank, Santander Bank, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, Security Service Federal Credit Union, Service Credit Union, Simple, State Employees’ Credit Union of North Carolina, State Farm Bank, Suncoast Credit Union, SunTrust Bank, Synchrony Bank, TCF Bank, TD Bank, TIAA Bank, Union Bank, UFB Direct, USAA, U.S. Bank, Varo, Vio Bank, Wells Fargo and Zions Bank.
To recap our selections...
NerdWallet's Best 5-Year CD Rates April 2020
- Marcus by Goldman Sachs CD: 1.90% APY
- Discover Bank CD: 1.80% APY
- American Express National Bank CD: 2.00% APY
- Citizens Access CD: 1.65% APY
- Sallie Mae Bank CD: 1.45% APY
- Ally Bank CD: 1.60% APY
- Barclays CD: 1.85% APY
- TIAA Bank CD: 1.70% APY
- Synchrony Bank CD: 1.65% APY
- Alliant Credit Union CD: 1.50% APY
- Connexus Credit Union CD: 1.56% APY
- CIT Bank CD: 1.70% APY
- Capital One CD: 1.40% APY
- Vio Bank CD: 1.50% APY
Frequently asked questions
In an environment with climbing interest rates, you might question putting your money in a long-term CD. But getting a CD can still make sense if you're trying to spread out your investments, guarantee yourself a risk-free return, or want to ensure you won't spend a sum of your savings for a few years. (Keep in mind that shorter-term CDs can also be part of your saving strategy; consider the best six-month CD rates.)
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.
» See what CDs can earn with our CD calculator
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.
» Looking for a shorter term? Check out our list of best three-year CD rates
It depends on what's more important to you, rates or access to your money. The current 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.
» Want to know more? Read our full article on whether CDs are worth it
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.