Best CD Rates Today: Boost Your Returns With These Top CDs, June 21, 2024 (2024)

Key Takeaways

  • You can earn up to 5.35% APY with today’s top CDs.
  • Experts anticipate rate cuts later this year, so the sooner you lock in a great APY, the higher your earning potential could be.
  • In addition to a great rate, the best CDs offer guaranteed returns, low risk and federal deposit insurance.

Certificate of deposit rates remain high following the Federal Reserve’s latest rate pause last week. But with the possibility of rate cuts later this year, now’s the time to secure a great rate and protect your earnings.

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Today’s top CDs have annual percentage yields, or APYs, up 5.35%. But experts anticipate the Fed will start lowering rates in the second half of 2024, so the sooner you lock in one of these APYs, the greater your earning potential could be. Your rate is locked in when you open a CD, so your returns will be guaranteed regardless of what the Fed decides next.

Experts recommend comparing rates before opening a CD account to get the best APY possible. Enter your information below to get CNET’s partners’ best rate for your area.

Today’s best CD rates

Here are some of the top CD rates available right now and how much you could earn by depositing $5,000 right now:

TermHighest APYBankEstimated earnings
6 months5.35%Bask Bank$132.01
1 year5.35%NexBank$267.50
3 years4.70%MYSB Direct$738.65
5 years4.80%BMO Alto$1,320.86

How long will CD rates stay high?

The Fed doesn’t directly set CD interest rates, but its decisions have ripple effects. The federal funds rate determines how much it costs banks to borrow and lend money to each other. So, when the Fed raises this rate, banks tend to raise APYs on consumer products like savings accounts and CDs to boost their cash reserves and stay competitive. When the Fed cuts this rate, APYs on these products drop, too.

Starting in March 2022, the Fed raised the federal funds rate 11 times to combat record-high inflation, and CD rates skyrocketed, with some accounts offering APYs over 5.5% heading into fall 2023. But as inflation began to show signs of cooling, the Fed paused rates at its September 2023 meeting -- and every meeting since then. As a result, CD rates plateaued and then began dropping as experts predicted rate cuts in the second half of 2024. Over the last week, rates remained relatively steady as banks awaited the Fed’s June decision.

Here’s where CD rates are now compared to last week:

Weekly change*TermCNET average APYAverage FDIC rate
-0.21%6 months4.76%1.81%
No change1 year4.99%1.86%
No change3 years4.12%1.44%
No change5 years3.94%1.43%

Experts anticipate at least one rate cut later this year, which means CD rates are likely to begin falling again.

“Since the outlook for rates to come back down from now toward the end of 2024 is still expected, I anticipate that CD rates will likely trend lower in anticipation of the Fed’s eventual rate cut, with longer-term CDs affected more than shorter-term CDs,” said Dana Menard, CFP, founder and lead financial planner at Twin Cities Wealth Strategies.

Locking in today’s high APYs will protect your earnings from rate cuts when they do happen.

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How you’ll benefit from opening a CD today

With rates still attractive, now’s the time to open a CD and lock in a high APY. But a fixed rate isn’t the only perk you’ll enjoy by opening a CD today.

CDs are insured up to $250,000 per person, per bank, as long as the bank is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Credit unions offer the same protection through the National Credit Union Administration. That means your money is safe up to the deposit limits if the bank fails.

Plus, unlike investments such as stocks, CDs are low-risk. You won’t lose your principal deposit or the interest you’ve earned unless you run into early withdrawal penalties -- which you can easily avoid by choosing the right term for your needs.

Factors to consider when choosing a CD

A competitive APY is important, but there are other things you should consider when comparing CD accounts:

  • When you’ll need your money: Early withdrawal penalties can reduce your interest earnings. So, be sure to choose a term that fits your savings timeline. “Different CDs have different maturity dates, so you’ll want to make sure the CD matures before you’ll need the money,” said Keith Spencer, CFP, founder and financial planner at Spencer Financial Planning, LLC. “For example, if you’re planning on purchasing a car a year from now and would like to put the money in a CD in the meantime, you’ll want to choose a CD with a maturity date of one year or less.” Alternatively, you can select a no-penalty CD, although the APY may not be as high as you’d get with a traditional CD of the same term.
  • Minimum deposit requirement: Some CDs require a minimum amount to open an account -- typically, $500 to $1,000. Others do not. How much money you have to set aside can help you narrow down your options.
  • Fees: Maintenance and other fees can eat into your earnings. Many online banks don’t charge fees because they have lower overhead costs than banks with physical branches. Still, read the fine print for any account you’re evaluating.
  • Federal deposit insurance: Make sure any institution you’re considering is an FDIC or NCUA member so your money is protected if the bank fails.
  • Customer ratings and reviews: Visit sites like Trustpilot to see what customers are saying about any bank you’re considering. You want a bank that’s responsive, professional and easy to work with.

Methodology

CNET reviews CD rates based on the latest APY information from issuer websites. We evaluated CD rates from more than 50 banks, credit unions and financial companies. We evaluate CDs based on APYs, product offerings, accessibility and customer service.

The current banks included in CNET’s weekly CD averages are: Alliant Credit Union, Ally Bank, American Express National Bank, Barclays, Bask Bank, Bread Savings, Capital One, CFG Bank, CIT, Fulbright, Marcus by Goldman Sachs, MYSB Direct, Quontic, Rising Bank, Synchrony, EverBank, Popular Bank, First Internet Bank of Indiana, America First Federal Credit Union, CommunityWide Federal Credit Union, Discover, Bethpage, BMO Alto, Limelight Bank, First National Bank of America, Connexus Credit Union.

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