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Online CD Rates 2021 – 5-Year CDs

Five-Year Certificates of Deposit (CD) are generally the longest term CD that most banks will offer. They tend to offer the highest rates but require the longest commitment. Five-year CDs are especially popular in a declining interest rate environment as depositors can lock money in at the highest rate possible for the longest period of time. They are also popular with depositors who are willing to lock up money for five years in return for extra yield. Online banks often offer Five-Year CDs that are above the average national rate.

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

5 Year CD National Average: 0.78% ?

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Early Withdrawal Penalty 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).

| 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.

| 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

| 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

Early Withdrawal Penalty is 730 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

Early Withdrawal Penalty is all interest earned.

| Mar 30, 2021

These guys are the best local bank. Very responsive.

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...

Early Withdrawal Penalty is the lesser of 365 days of interest or all interest earned.

| Jul 16, 2021

David

| Dec 13, 2019

yes good

| 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

| 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

| 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

| Jul 15, 2021

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

| Sep 14, 2020

two thumbs up 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

| 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.

| May 21, 2021

avoid this Read 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

| 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...

OneWest Bank, a division of CIT Bank
0.60% $1,000 Learn 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...

| 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

| Mar 25, 2021

Completely excessive number of customer service phone calls after setting up account. Well meaning, but over the top.

| Jun 17, 2020

Confirmed - NOT an online bank! Emailed CFSB, response: Thanks for your email. Unfortunately, we do not open accounts online and we currently offer only account opening at our branches in New York. Thank Y...

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

Early Withdrawal Penalty is 180 days interest.

| Dec 13, 2016

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

| 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

| 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

| May 10, 2021

Dollar Savings Direct is as close as anything gets to a scam without being labeled a scam. CDs renewing below market rates at no notice. Savings rates going above market levels and then way below (again no... 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

| 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 ...

Edu
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0.40% $500 Learn 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

Warning: Early Withdrawal Penalty is the greater of all credited interest or 90 days interest.

| Apr 9, 2021

Unprofessional in every way imaginable.

| Sep 17, 2020

It is a complete game between MySavings, DollarSavings and Emigrant. Some days one has a competitive rate, the next day the rate on that one has dropped to zero and it is one of the other brands that has... Read More

Ohio Catholic
Restrictions
0.30% $25,000 Learn 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...

| Aug 25, 2020

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

| 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

| 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 19, 2021

more problems than i or anyone should have time for 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

| 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.

Summary: Today's Highest Online CD Rates - October 2021

Bank Institution Product Term Interest Rate (APY)
Live Oak Banking Company 1-Year 0.75% APY with $2,500 minimum
CFG Bank 1-Year 0.67% APY with $500 minimum
Comenity Direct 1-Year 0.65% APY with $1,500 minimum
Pentagon 3-Year 1.00% APY with $1,000 minimum
Bank5 Connect 3-Year 0.85% APY with $500 minimum
Connexus 3-Year 0.81% APY with $5,000 minimum
Pentagon 5-Year 1.25% APY with $1,000 minimum
Connexus 5-Year 1.06% APY with $5,000 minimum
Popular Direct 5-Year 1.00% APY with $10,000 minimum

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Five Year CDs - Online Banks 2021

Online banks offer many different CD terms of which the five year CD is generally the longest. Five year CDs provide the highest yield of the common CD terms but in return, savers must keep the money locked in the bank for an extended period of time. While individuals can withdraw the money (termed "breaking the CD") high penalties usually make this undesirable. At times, some five year CDs offer rates that are high enough to make up for the break penalty, and in these cases savers can earn a positive return even if they break the CD in the third or fourth year. These cases are rare though and savers are advised to plan to keep their money in the CD for the full term.

Safety

Five year CDs shown from banks on BestCashCow are all insured up to $250,000 per individual per institution by the FDIC. Deposits over that amount may be lost should there be a bank failure and savers are advised to keep their money within FDIC limits. The FDIC provides a tool to help you determine if your deposits are covered.

When to Invest in a Five Year CD

The biggest risk of a five year FDIC insured CD is that soon after depositing the money, interest rates and inflation will begin to rise. This can often happen in a rising rate environment and savers are advised to be way of investing in a five year CD if interest rates and inflation seem poised to go up. Unlike with bonds, the face value of a CD does not change with increases in interest rates, but no one wants to deposit money into a CD at 2.00% for five year only to have rates rise to 4.00% a year later.

In general, avoid investing in long-term CD at the start of economic recoveries following a recession.

The time to invest in five year CDs is when the economy is doing well and interest rates are high or if the economy seems to be entering a period of slower growth, or a recession. The post 2008 financial crisis period would have been a perfect time to lock in a five year CD rate.

Because it is very difficult to predict the start of a recession or the beginning of a recovery, some individuals prefer to create a CD ladder and five year CDs are an important part of a laddering strategy.

Interest

Five year CDs from online banks pay rates that are well above one year CDs and are comparable to five year CDs from branch banks. Five year CDs are the one term where the online banks do not pay much above online banks.

Opening a CD from an Online Bank

Opening a CD from an online bank has become easier over the past five years. Today, most online banks have an end-to-end online process that takes all depositor information. Savers opening an account should be comfortable providing their social security information online. Once the account has been opened, the rate is locked. Most online banks have an electronic funding mechanism in which an individual can transfer funds using an ACH transaction from their main checking account. Banks also allow funding to be done via check, wire, or credit card.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Advantages

  • 5 year CDs provide a fixed rate for the term of the CD.
  • The rate is higher than a savings account or a 1 year CD to compensate for the longer term.
  • CDs opened online can be done from the comfort of a saver's living room.

Disadvantages

  • The money is locked away for five years unless the CD is broken (for which significant penalties may apply).
  • In a rising rate environment, inflation will reduce the value of the money in the CD over time.
  • The funding process for an online CD can sometimes take 1- 5 business days and often requires some type of validation process.

All banks listed on BestCashCow are FDIC insured; BestCashCow.com strongly recommends that you stay within FDIC insurance limits and that if you are unsure of how the limits affect you, please visit the FDIC website.

To understand all of the income generating options available to a saver, please view the Income Generating Investments Comparison Chart.