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Online CD Rates 2021 – 3-Year CDs

Three Year Certificates of Deposit (CD) rates from online banks are often above average if you are willing to open and manage your account using the Internet. Three years is an intermediate term for CDs and banks will often pay you a bit more of a premium to keep your money locked in for a longer duration.

Highest Three-Year Online CD Rates - October 28, 2021

3 Year CD National Average: 0.62% ?

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Early Withdrawal Fee is the greater of: everything earned in the first 12 months or 30% of total dividends that would have been earned if held to maturity, but not to exceed total dividends paid.

| Sep 6, 2020

Yes, Pentagon had good rate initially, but it disappeared at renewal. We have top credit score (835).

| Jul 17, 2021

I've been with this bank for 6 months and have not had any problems. Bill pay works good. The 24 month investing CD is another vechile I use. Rates are above average considering the national rate. I'd reco... Read More

| Oct 26, 2021

Not the most user friendly website, but the folks are pleasant to work with and a slightly higher rate means slight less than I am losing every day to this runaway inflation. Read More

| Oct 26, 2021

Not the easiest process and you really need to think twice before joining a credit union to make a little more on your cash. For me it was worthwhile and Cathy was super helpful.

Early Withdrawal Penalty is 360 days interest.

| Apr 22, 2015

Hello, I am interested in a line of credit against my home. I have a high interest credit card that I want to move to this credit. I have a wells fargo mortgage which is only a few years old which I do no...

| Sep 19, 2021

I have not had the problems described by others here, but I find that the website does not inspire confidence. Read More

| Oct 5, 2021

I opened a savings account two months ago. When I initiated a scheduled, recurrent external transfer, the amount was deducted twice from my funding account. This problem was solved a couple of days afterwa... Read More

| Mar 4, 2021

They are liers. Please don't open their credit cards to avoid being taking advantage of!!! I hope they bankrupt SOOOOOON. Read More

Early Withdrawal Penalty is all interest earned.

| Mar 30, 2021

These guys are the best local bank. Very responsive.

| Jan 23, 2021

In terms of service, you cannot do anything online. On every other bank, you can message someone online and get a quick response. You need to call Synchrony and speak with someone in the Philippines. N... Read More

| Apr 29, 2021

You will not collect any interest and lose a good chunk of the principal. They don't take all of it you will still recover some money. The early withdrawl clause is always part of the terms you acknowled...

| Dec 8, 2020

Everyone here in Boston raves about Salem Five but it is shithole operation filled with nasty entitled people. As for this online savings product, the fees are ridiculous, the transfer charges are obnoxiou... Read More

| Oct 11, 2020

You probably thought - as did I - that you were looking at a site that belongs to and was the responsibility of Gateway First. After all it includes their headings, selected financial statements, many pag... Read More

| Jul 15, 2021

I finally closed my account. Was great back in the day as everbank but now it is a joke in every way. Read More

| Jan 3, 2021

This is the worst online banking I have seen. Without any warning they restricted access to withdrawals to $1000. Representative said they implemented on ALL accounts for ALL customers due to “fraud”... Read More

| Aug 4, 2020

Sallie Mae is going to absolutely be the right bank for you if you enjoy calling during normal business hours and speaking with a automated voice response system that gives you no information and refuses t...

| Oct 27, 2021

I have invested with Live Oak for many years and have never had a problem with them. My on line instructions have been followed 100% in a relatively timely manner. Withdrawals seem to take 1 day, new inve...

| Jul 15, 2021

Marcus is the very best online banking experience that I have ever had. Read More

| Oct 1, 2021

I opened the account, having seen it listed on this site or on ratesandinfo.com after they raised their rate. I have not been disappointed but I have not needed to reach customer service. I did notice that...

| Feb 28, 2021

ACH transfers limited to $3,000, unsecured website, emailing acct numbers, hours to reach customer service. Need not say more.

| Jun 21, 2021

Bad experiences with this bank and maturing CD's. I wanted the funds returned to my external bank and not rolled over into another CD. After several phone calls, and messages sent through their secure mess... Read More

| Jan 4, 2020

I am surprised at all the negative reviews. I have had several large CDs at this bank for several years, and I've gotten the best customer service I've ever gotten at any bank in the last 45 years. Read More

| Sep 8, 2020

I have been a customer for years and have never had a bad experience. These days I really appreciate how they are keeping their savings rates competitive. .8% is lousy, but it is very competitive. Read More

Warning: Early Withdrawal Penalty is all credited interest.

| Apr 9, 2021

Unprofessional in every way imaginable.

| Sep 14, 2020

two thumbs up Read More

| Aug 13, 2021

Very pleased with the no penalty cd which locks in a rate for 15 months and is always .10% above the savings rate. Read More

| Jun 25, 2020

Nope. As with the CIT quote 1.25% APY is a bit optimistic. Banesco's site offers .90%.

| Dec 13, 2016

This was formerly First Trade Union bank. Use Ally, Barclays, Synchrony or some bank that provides a certain level of service.

OneWest Bank, a division of CIT Bank
0.50% $1,000 Learn More

Early Withdrawal Penalty is 365 days interest.

| Apr 10, 2021

I opened an account a couple of years ago and had a dreadful experience. I saw two weeks ago that the rate was better than at Citizens so I closed that account for this one. I cannot access my money now or... Read More

| Aug 25, 2020

Bank is owned by a Florida bank and yet I wasn't able to open an account because I live in Florida. Go figure! Read More

| Aug 3, 2020

There is a lot to like about this account. American Express is a real organization and you are not playing with a bunch of amateurs like with a lot of these banks. However, they will be sure to lower the ... Read More

$1,000 minimum deposit to open an account. A penalty may be imposed for early withdrawal. Account fees may reduce your earnings.

| May 21, 2021

avoid this Read More

Warning: Early Withdrawal Penalty is 2% of principal.

| Sep 6, 2019

Went to bank yesterday this is not a good rate. Needs to be updated. Read More

| Dec 11, 2020

All the good reviews on this site are planted by the bank. This is the worst. It used to be good and the transfer speed is good. Still they lower their rates below anyone else and do it without the notice ...

| Jul 21, 2020

Opened account a month ago. I've already seen the rate fall a couple of times, but have no other complaints. Easy process and a clear easy to use site (unlike Ally where I was before). Read More

| Sep 19, 2021

No problems at first and then I needed to reach customer service with an easy question about ACH transfers and they could not answer it. I will go back to making a little less at a more established name. Read More

| Jul 9, 2021

"Vio" application process is defective, I used to work on bank security so truthfully responded. Requires documentation which I sent in at length and then got denied because of unknown reasons. Have excell... Read More

| Dec 5, 2020

I know rates are variable, at their discretion*, but in the time frame of 9 months their rates have dropped to 1/3 of what they were ! is that what some call a teaser rate in the beginning ??? Read More

| Aug 13, 2019

I filled out the application 10 days ago answering all questions and sent a file with a copy of my drivers license to Western Bank. I received an email saying that a banker would call me within one busines...

| May 20, 2021

Lost in all of these reviews is that Purepoint is the bank that let's you have tons of corresponding accounts to which you can ACH money (their limit is something like 10). So, if you want to play this ga... Read More

Ohio Catholic
Restrictions
0.25% $100,000 Learn More

| Apr 19, 2021

more problems than i or anyone should have time for Read More

Ohio Catholic
Restrictions
0.20% $25,000 Learn More

| Aug 15, 2019

I applied for a jumbo CD account over two weeks ago. They asked me for more documentation than my mortgage company did and then they did a hard credit pull. They advertise fast and simple they are simply n...

| Apr 18, 2018

Worst experience of my life. Did not fund and gave $25 to my own charity. Read More

| Nov 18, 2017

This is a decent account until you need to withdraw something and then it is hell on wheels. Read More

| Aug 25, 2020

I cannot say that I am too happy about the rate, but the service on this one is excellent. Read More

| Feb 24, 2020

I had been with USAA for 20 years. Had my checking, savings, auto and renters insurance and 2 credit cards with them. I work in the service industry and make a good portion of my income in cash tips. For 4... Read More

All rates listed are Annual Percentage Yield (APY). The Min listed is the minimum deposit account balance required to obtain the rate listed.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Three Year CDs - Online Banks 2021

Three year CDs from online banks offer a yield that is between .30 and .60 percentage higher than a one year CD from an online bank. While in general, online banks offer higher CD rates than branch-based banks, some smaller community banks and credit unions offer rates even higher than online banks. Savers should compare online and branch based rates if looking for the highest rate irrespective of how the CD is opened and managed.

A three year CD is a medium term CD and commits the user to keeping the money in the bank for three years in return for a fixed rate during this period of time.

When to Open

In general, in a rising rate environment savers should keep their money liquid and not commit it for long periods of time. Three year CDs offer a compromise as an intermediate amount of time to lock money with a premium for doing so.

In a falling rate environment, savers should try and lock in their money for as long as possible. Three year CDs can also play a role in this type of environment depending on how long savers think rates will fall and stay low. For example, following the financial crisis in 2008, when the top CD rates were above 6% APY; with the benefit of hindsight, a saver would have been wise to lock money into a 5 year CD, preserving that 6% rate into 2013.

Some savers like to use three year CDs as part of a CD ladder, in which different term CDs help to diversify the portfolio from changes in interest rates.

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