3 Month Branch Certificates of Deposit
3 Month Certificates of Deposit offered by local banks are often the shortest term offered. Three month certificates of deposit rates underperform the returns on savings and money market accounts and have for some time. As a result, savers may find savings and money market accounts to offer a higher yield and more flexibility than a three year CD.
Any certificate of deposit will bear substantial penalties for early withdrawal, if it is even allowed. As a result of the penalty, depositors who might need to withdraw from short term CDs early will ordinary lose some of their principal. Under no circumstances should depositors open a 3 month CD if they think that there is any chance that they will need to access the money in less than 3 months.
While online banks often offer better rates on short term CDs, local banks are provide the convenience of walking into a branch to open a CD, deposit funds, or withdraw the CD when it matures. In addition, a CD is often an entree into a broader relationship with a financial institution which may become important if the depositor wishes to borrow money.
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