The Best Bank CD Rates of 2017

My very first investment was in certificates of deposit. I was a teenager, and CDs paid more than 10%. While we can’t get that kind of return today, a certificate of deposit is a safe place to hold cash. And if you pick a high yield CD, you will earn a decent return.

Featured CD Offer: Earn 1.35% APY from Ally Bank on a 12-month certificate of deposit. No minimum deposit required for this APY. Click here for details.

So here’s a list of featured CD offers with competitive rates:

Featured Certificate of Deposit Offers

Ally Bank continues to win awards for outstanding customer service and is always at the top of the list for interest rates. Personally, I have a few different Ally deposit accounts and even though their rates change on a frequent basis, I appreciate the service and quality of website they offer. Formally GMAC, Ally continues to re-brand itself in a positive direction.

Ally Bank offers CD’s in a variety of terms, including two that are fairly unique to the space.  They have a no-penalty CD that allows you to withdraw your funds at anytime without receiving an interest penalty and a raise your rate CD that allows you to increase the interest rate twice on a four year CD term (so your not locked into a lower rate).

Discover Bank first opened its doors in 1911 in Greenwood, DE. Originally known as the Greenwood Trust Company, the bank joined Discover Financial Services in 2000.  Discover is best known for their credit card line of products but they also offer a wide range of CD’s.   

I personally own a 10 year IRA CD which I locked in many years ago at a rate of 2.7% APY.  Unfortunately, that specific CD is no longer available but today, Discover has term lengths of 3 months, all the way to 10 years.

Synchrony Bank is a fairly new name into the online banking world but it has an old history.  Formerly GE Capital, Synchrony is the world leader in private label credit cards (think Walmart, Amazon, Lowe’s etc.).

Synchrony Bank offers CD term rates from 3 months to 5 years.  They also offer IRA CD terms in the same length.  Both IRA and standard high yield-CD rates are the same and Synchrony bank also offers other deposit products.  Included in their product line are Money Markets, High Yield Savings and IRA Money Markets.

  • Best Synchrony Bank CD – 15 month high yeld CD that currently pays 1.55% APY ($2,000 minimum opening deposit).

EverBank is located in the great state of Florida and has over 1,500 employees and more than $7 billion under management. It’s core product offering is it’s high-yield checking account and EverBank also offers a unique World Currency CD.  Ranging in length from 3 to 12 months, you can buy currency in over 20 different world wide currencies (Danish krone, Swiss franc, Russian ruble to name a few)

Standard high yield CD rates range from 3 month to five year terms and EverBank also offers a bum your rate CD and a 3 year LIBOR Index CD.  Rather than lock yourself into a rate, you can flow up and down based on the 3-month LIBOR.

Pentagon Federal Credit Union is a newcomer to our list but has been around serving the United States since 1935.  With more than 1.6 million customers and over $25B in assets, PenFed Credit Union offers credit cards, savings accounts, CD’s and money market accounts to it’s clientel.  Application can be a little tricky if you’re not associated with the military, but anyone can join following a few easy steps.

High yield CD rates from Pentagon Federal Credit Union start at six months and extend all the way out to 7 years.  The minimum amount to open a CD is $1,000 and all deposit products are FDIC & NCUA insured.

Goldman Sachs Bank USA – Headquartered in New York, Goldman Sachs Bank USA recently started opening up it’s deposit offerings online.  They offer a relatively slim product line compared to other banks on this list, customers have a choice between an online savings account or certificates of deposit.

CD rates start at the six month length and work all the way up to six years.  The minimum deposit to open up a Goldman Sachs Bank USA CD is $500.  Also included on all CD accounts is a 10-day rate guaranteed which means if you open an account and the rate goes up immediately, you get the new, higher rate.

Barclays Bank – The oldest bank on our list, Barclays Bank founded back in 1700’s England has come across the pond to offer extremely competitive credit card and deposit products.  One of the coolest online deposit products available is the Barclays Dream Account.  There, customers will earn a very high interest rate on their savings account, while taking advantage of a 2.5% bonus every time deposits are made for six straight months.

Barclays Bank has a fairly standard set of CD terms, ranging from 3 months to five years.  Unlike others on this list, there is no minimum balance required to open a certificate of deposit with Barclays.

Topics: Banking

11 Responses to “The Best Bank CD Rates of 2017”

  1. Florri Beckley

    Hi Dave,

    Are you better off stashing away , if you can afford it, a larger sum in a 5 year CD for the highest rate, or laddering smaller amounts for shorter times?

    I am looking for a safe alternative to the market.

    thank you!

  2. Become a member of the Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union (UKRFCU) in Philadelphia PA (US). Becoming a member is easy. They are currently offering a 60 month (5 year) jumbo CD ($75,000.00 or more) for 2.65%. It is down from 2.75% as of 07/01/2018.

    • That date is a typo. I meant to type, “It is down from 2.75% as of 07/01/2016.”

      You do not have to be in or from Philly to become a member. You can become a member by phone from anywhere in the county and after completing the application process by either fax, email or regular mail.

      I also forgot to mention the 60 month Jumbo CD also comes with one “bump up” opportunity during the duration of the 60 months.

      • Connie Robertson

        Don’t you have to be from the Ukraine or be Ukrainian? I went to sign up with them and they told me I had to be a member of something else and I had to be Ukrainian to become a member.

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