Top Savings Rate Drops to 1.55% APY - CD Rates Steady

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Savings and CD rate averages have held steady over the past two weeks although the top savings rate has dropped significantly. Two weeks ago the top savings rate was 1.75% APY and now the top rate is 1.55% APY.

Savings and CD rate averages have held steady over the past two weeks although the top savings rate has dropped significantly.

Savings Rates

Average rates dropped slightly from 1.34% APY to 1.31% APY. The top rate has come down significantly. Two weeks ago the top rate was 1.75% APY and now the top rate is 1.55% APY. One month ago, the top rate was 2% APY. So, in four weeks the top rate you could get on a savigns account has fallen significantly. For promotional rates, Everbank remains on top with their 3-month introductory bonus rate of 2.25% APY. After the three-month period, the rate drops down to 1.26% APY for a blended one year APY of 1.51% APY.

CD Rates

The average 1-year CD also remained steady at 1.57% APY for the fourth week in a row. First City Bank continues to hold the top spot with a 1.80% APY CD. First City Bank is in bad financial shape and has been operating under a FDIC Cease and Desist Order since 10/09. Acacia Federal Savings has moved into the second sport with a 1.65% APY CD.

The average 3-year CD rate is the only average to dropped slightly from 2.43% to 2.42% APY. The top spot continues to be occupied by USAA Federal Savings Bank, which offers a 2.65% APY CD with a minimum deposit of $175,000. The next highest rate is Acacia Federal Savings at 2.50% APY and a $500 minimum deposit.

The average 5-year CD rate remained steady this week at 3.12% APY after dropping from 3.17% APY four weeks ago. The average is now closing in on the 3% mark.

USAA continues to have the top rate at 3.31% APY. Everbank which holds the second highest rate dropped from 3.30% APY to 3.26% APY. A month ago Everbank was offering the same CD for 3.39% APY.

 

Savings,CDRateAnalysis

The spread between savings and 3-year CD rates dropped slightly and now stands at 1.11, from from a high of 1.24 in March. The ratio between 1-year CDs and 5-year CDs has remained steady over the past month and appears to have topped off. What does that mean? Both 1-year and 5-year CD rates have stopped dropping and are maintaining their relative ratios. The flat trends of the past month seem to support this conclusion. If the economy continues to improve I expect we'll see longer term CDs begin to move up first, followed by shorter maturities once the Fed looks poised to raise the Fed Funds Rate.

SavingsandCDSpreadAnalysis


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