Questions tagged [certificate-of-deposit]

for questions that relate to the certificate of deposits(CD). A CD is a time deposit, a financial product commonly offered to consumers in the United States.

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What is CD laddering and what are its pros and cons?

I've seen the term "CD Laddering". What is this and what are the benefits and risks of doing it?
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What is the best way to invest short term without losing principal?

My wife and I were planning to buy a house this year, but the plan fell through, so right now we are sitting on the money that we saved towards down payment and renovations (prior to now money was in ...
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Investing in foreign CDs, is it worth the risk?

I heard Clark Howard talking about foreign currency CDs, and so I looked and indeed their interest rates are much higher than US rates right now (3.75% for a year in Australia). What risks are ...
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Difference between a (credit union) “share certificate” and a (bank) CD?

I've seen both Share Certificates and Certificates of Deposit available. Are they the same thing? Do they have different names based on whether they are offered at a bank or credit union? Does one ...
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Savings Account Rates vs. CD Rates vs IRA CD Rates

I have an IRA at Fidelity, and was looking into rates I could get for new issue CDs. I found that the best rate offered for a 1 year CD was 0.3%. I was surprised by this, as I currently have a (non-...
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Why would I open a low-rate 9 month CD instead of a higher rate savings account?

One specific (popular online) bank is offering a 9 month 1.25% CD, while it's savings account is 1.90%. There's no way I see interest rates tumbling in the next nine months, so why should I -- why ...
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How does CD early withdrawal fee work?

I am looking at one of the "internet banks" and they have CDs for 1 year at 1% and 5 years at 2%. The early withdrawal fee for 5 year CD is 150 days of interest. Doesn't it mean that 300 days the CD's ...