Spread Between Savings Rates and CD Rates Hits Record High

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The spread between savings rates and CD rates hit a record this week as savings rates and short-term CD rates continued to decline while longer-maturity CDs held their return. The increasing spread indicates that banks are compensating longer-term deposits more now than ever before.

The spread between savings rates and CD rates hit a record this week as savings rates and short-term CD rates continued to decline while longer-maturity CDs held their return.

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In addition, the spread between 5 year cd rates and 1 year cd rates (the pink line) also reached a record high.  The increasing spread indicates that banks are compensating longer-term deposits more now than ever before.

Investors may want to consider opening longer term accounts. While many analysts believe rates are poised to go higher in the next six months, this isn't necessarily pre-ordained. In his article, Inflation: Why There Won't Be Any, BestCashCow's Sean Riskowitz makes the case that a lack of bank lending will keep inflation and by extension interest rates low. This squares with my own analysis of Japan (Could Interest Rates Stay Low Despite Growing US Debt - Look at Japan), which shows that high government debt and "printing money" does not necessarily lead to inflation and high interest rates.

Sol Nasisi
Sol Nasisi: Sol Nasisi is the co-founder and a past president of BestCashCow, an online resource for comprehensive bank rate information. In this capacity, he closely followed rate trends for all savings-related and loan products and the impact of rate fluctuations on the economy. He specifically focused on how rates impact consumers' ability to borrow and save. He also has authored a wee

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Today's Highest Online CD Rates

Bank Product Term Interest Rate (APY)
Navy Federal Credit Union 1-Year 0.85% APY with $100,000 minimum
Primary Bank 1-Year 0.80% APY with $1,000 minimum
Gateway First Bank 1-Year 0.75% APY with $25,000 minimum
Primary Bank 3-Year 1.00% APY with $1,000 minimum
USAA Federal Savings Bank 3-Year 0.91% APY with $175,000 minimum
Comenity Direct 3-Year 0.85% APY with $1,500 minimum
Primary Bank 5-Year 1.30% APY with $1,000 minimum
Navy Federal Credit Union 5-Year 1.25% APY with $100,000 minimum
USAA Federal Savings Bank 5-Year 1.11% APY with $175,000 minimum

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