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Savings and CD Rates Flat - Top CD Rate Steady at 3.41% APY

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Unlike two weeks ago where we saw a steep drop in CD and savings rates, rates were mostly flat over the past week.

Savings Rates

Average savings rates held their ground last week, remaining at 1.37% APY. The top rates also remained the same with Southern Community Bank's Ready Saver 2% APY Savings Account leading the pack of non-promo rates. 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 remained steady at 1.37% APY. First City Bank continued 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. Southern Commerce Bank has the next highest rate at 1.75% APY but as the BestCashCow rate tables show, it also has some financial problems.

The average 3-year CD rate, which had the biggest drop two weeks ago, remained at 2.52% APY. Bank United remains in the top spot with a 2.75% APY CD. Bank United is not yet rated because it is a relatively new banking entity, having emerged from the ashes of the old, failed BankUnited. The new bank has been recapitalized and appears to be in much better financial shape than it predecessor.

The average 5-year CD, which has been fairly steady since the beginning of the year, held steady at 3.19% APY.

USAA continues to have the top 5-year CD rate at 3.41% APY but it does have that $175,000 minimum balance. Everbank has the second highest rate at 3.39% APY. One thing to note about Everbank is their penalty for breaking a CD early. According to their terms:

"This penalty will be equal to one-fourth of the total interest that would have been earned on the principal balance of the account if funds had not been withdrawn prior to the maturity date."  On a 5-year, 60 month CD, that's 15 months of interest.

The spread between average savings rates and 3-year CD rates rose slightly fro 1.14% to 1.15%. That means the average 5-year CD pays 1.15% more in interest than a savings account. The high for this spread was 1.24% in early March. The spread between 1-year CDs and 5-year CDs hit another record high last week. You can now earn on average 1.56% APY more in a high yield 5-year CD than a high yield 1-year.

Bank in New York offering 2% on Savings Account through 2010

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I have come across a bank in New York offering a 2% savings rate, guaranteed through the end of the year. This offer beats any short term CDs.

A New York City-based bank is offering a money market account with a 2.00% APY guaranteed to last to 12/31/2010.  It is only available through the branches (not on the internet).  The bank is a small bank called Metropolitan National Bank which seems to only have offices at 46th and 5th, Park and 39th, Broadway and 36th and some remote place in Brooklyn.

This offer isn't well publicized.  It is not mentioned on the bank's website or in the branches.  I overheard someone asking about it when I was in 46th Street branch and the first representative denied that it existed although the second came up with some information.  I then got the information and opened an account.

According to the information that I received, the minimum balance required to earn this APY is $2,500.

The bank has poor service even for New York, and seems to be rated on 2 stars on bankrate and 3 stars on Bauer.  But, it is FDIC insured, and I'll put up with the bank's shortcomings to earn 2% through the end of the year (staying below FDIC limits, of course).

iShares Barclays TIPS Bond ETF (TIP) Offers Decent Yield and Inflation Protection

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The iShares Barclays TIPS Bond ETF (TIP) provides a decent yield currently at 4.09% as well as future inflation protection and little to no risk of default or loss of principle.

As savings and CD rates have come down, I've begun to look anew at other sources of reliable income. After all, earning 1.5% on my money just isn't going to do it right now. So I've begun to look at options trading again (see my post on QQQQ) to generate income and also moderate to high dividend ETFs.

In the ETF space, I'm looking for an investment that is relatively safe, can provide a yield over 3%, and has a good track record of performance. If the ETF is comprised of bonds then I'd like some hedge for interest rate risk and a relatively short duration.

The iShares Barclays TIPS Bond ETF (TIP) fits those categories. It provides a current yield of 4.09%. Because the ETF is comprised of TIPS, Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, the value is protected against inflation. So, while most bonds will lose value as interest rates rise (if they do) TIPS should do a much better job of maintaining their value. Read a full explanation for how TIPS work.  TIPS are a form of Treasury Security, and thus they are backed by the full faith and credit of the US Government. Defalt risk is virtually 0.

What's nice about buying the ETF versus individual TIPS is that you can benefit from the ETF having some older TIPS that have higher interest rates. Thus, while the current 20 year TIP is only yielding 2.06%, the TIP ETF is providing over 4%,

Is It Better to Invest in an Individual Bond or a Bond Fund?

There are risks in the TIP ETF not present when deposting money into a savings account or a CD. If interest rates spike but inflation does not, then the fund will lose value. This could happen if the markets decide to stop buying Treasuries. So far though, investors have been more than eager to scoop up US debt (Strong 1-Year Treasury Auction Quells Rate Fears - For Now).