NEW YORK – RateWatch, a premier banking data and analytics service owned by TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) reported today that national averages for two-year CD rates decreased by one basis point, while all other durations remained unchanged this week as the Federal Reserve has continued to keep the short-term federal funds rate at a range of zero to 0.25% since late 2008.

“Two-year CD rates have witnessed the only fluctuation in the past three weeks. This is telling as Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen last week told market observers that the central bank could begin to raise interest rates as soon as six months after the end of tapering,” reported Joe Deaux, TheStreet’s Economics Analyst. “Yellen’s key comment coupled with the majority of policy makers forecasting the federal funds rate to reach 1% by 2015 means savers may have just received their biggest signal that rising CD rates, especially for longer durations, are at hand.”

NATIONAL AVERAGE RESULTS - $10K

Avg Rate This week

Avg Rate Last week

Money Market

0.15%

0.15%

1 month CD

0.11%

0.11%

3 month CD

0.15%

0.15%

6 month CD

0.23%

0.23%

1 year CD

0.36%

0.36%

2 year CD

0.55%

0.56%

3 year CD

0.75%

0.75%

4 year CD

0.92%

0.92%

5 year CD

1.13%

1.13%

In the Greater New Orleans Region area, the average 5-year CD rate sat at 1.12%, lower than the national average of 1.13%. Rates on the 5-year CD ranged from 0.15% on the low end to 1.46% at the high end, which can be found at First NBC Bank. The average 3-year CD rate in Greater New Orleans Region was 0.77% with a range of 0.05% to 1.31% found at First NBC Bank. And if you are on the market for a 1-year CD, take a look at First NBC Bank, which currently offers a rate of 0.5% as compared to the Greater New Orleans Region average of 0.39%. Other top rate issuers can be found in the tables that follow.

GREATER NEW ORLEANS REGION AVERAGE RESULTS - $10K

Avg Rate This
week

Highest Available
Rate

Highest Available Rate Issuer

Money Market

0.19%

1.26%

First NBC Bank

1 month CD

0.13%

0.35%

First NBC Bank

3 month CD

0.17%

0.35%

First NBC Bank

6 month CD

0.25%

0.45%

First NBC Bank

1 year CD

0.39%

0.5%

First NBC Bank

2 year CD

0.53%

0.7%

First NBC Bank

3 year CD

0.77%

1.31%

First NBC Bank

4 year CD

0.8%

0.5%

Woodforest National Bank

5 year CD

1.12%

1.46%

First NBC Bank

TOP RATE ISSUERS - $10K

This is a list of issuers with top interest rates in the Greater New Orleans Region area. The issuer's Financial Strength Rating is an independent, unbiased evaluation of quarterly regulatory statements. Institutions are assigned a letter grade of A-E with "A" representing the highest rating based on a review of many aspects of financial safety including capitalization, asset quality, profitability and liquidity. For more information, visit www.weissratings.com/help/what-our-ratings-mean.aspx. Information is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

Money Market

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com

B-

10000

1.26

IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com

C+

10000

0.1

Woodforest National Bank
504-682-1910
www.woodforest.com

A-

1

0.05

Whitney Bank
504-586-7456
www.whitneybank.com

B-

10000

0.03

Bank of America, National Association
800-432-1000
www.bankofamerica.com

C-

10000

0.03

1 Month CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com

B-

1000

0.35

Capital One, National Association
504-533-5712
www.capitalone.com

C+

1000

0.1

IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com

C+

1000

0.05

Woodforest National Bank
504-682-1910
www.woodforest.com

A-

500

0.05

Whitney Bank
504-586-7456
www.whitneybank.com

B-

1000

0.02

3 Month CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com

B-

1000

0.35

Capital One, National Association
504-533-5712
www.capitalone.com

C+

1000

0.1

IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com

C+

1000

0.1

Woodforest National Bank
504-682-1910
www.woodforest.com

A-

500

0.05

Whitney Bank
504-586-7456
www.whitneybank.com

B-

1000

0.02

6 Month CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com

B-

10000

0.45

IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com

C+

1000

0.15

Capital One, National Association
504-533-5712
www.capitalone.com

C+

1000

0.1

Whitney Bank
504-586-7456
www.whitneybank.com

B-

1000

0.1

Woodforest National Bank
504-682-1910
www.woodforest.com

A-

500

0.05

1 Year CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com

B-

10000

0.5

IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com

C+

1000

0.2

Capital One, National Association
504-533-5712
www.capitalone.com

C+

1000

0.15

Whitney Bank
504-586-7456
www.whitneybank.com

B-

1000

0.15

Woodforest National Bank
504-682-1910
www.woodforest.com

A-

500

0.15

2 Year CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com

B-

10000

0.7

Woodforest National Bank
504-682-1910
www.woodforest.com

A-

500

0.25

IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com

C+

1000

0.2

Capital One, National Association
504-533-5712
www.capitalone.com

C+

1000

0.2

Whitney Bank
504-586-7456
www.whitneybank.com

B-

1000

0.2

3 Year CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com

B-

10000

1.31

IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com

C+

1000

0.35

Capital One, National Association
504-533-5712
www.capitalone.com

C+

1000

0.35

Whitney Bank
504-586-7456
www.whitneybank.com

B-

1000

0.3

Woodforest National Bank
504-682-1910
www.woodforest.com

A-

500

0.25

4 Year CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

Woodforest National Bank
504-682-1910
www.woodforest.com

A-

500

0.5

Capital One, National Association
504-533-5712
www.capitalone.com

C+

1000

0.45

IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com

C+

1000

0.4

Whitney Bank
504-586-7456
www.whitneybank.com

B-

1000

0.35

Regions Bank
800-267-6884
www.regions.com

C-

500

0.3

5 Year CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com

B-

10000

1.46

Woodforest National Bank
504-682-1910
www.woodforest.com

A-

500

0.75

Capital One, National Association
504-533-5712
www.capitalone.com

C+

1000

0.6

Whitney Bank
504-586-7456
www.whitneybank.com

B-

1000

0.55

IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com

C+

1000

0.5

Data is surveyed weekly with averages calculated each Monday afternoon from RateWatch's unbiased national interest rate survey of over 96,000 financial institution locations across the United States.

More About CDs:

CDs, or certificate of deposits, are bank-issued promissory notes wherein an investor deposits money for a set amount of time and, provided the money remains untouched, receives interest on the total sum when the investment matures.

While the money can't be accessed during that time (without incurring penalties), the advantage of a CD over a regular savings deposit is the higher rate of interest. Typically, a CD can be taken out on as few as three-month terms but can range to up to five years; generally, the longer the timeframe the higher rate of interest.

CD Laddering:

To provide further financial security, a CD laddering strategy offers conservative investors the opportunity to stagger their capital across numerous deposits set to expire at different intervals. Not only does this hedge against variable rate fluctuations by offering a guaranteed return at a locked-in interest rate, it also increases liquidity given that one CD will mature at predictable and established intervals.

Using an example of a five-year ladder strategy, an investor would divide his or her money amongst one-, two-, three-, four-, and five-year CDs. Once the one-year deposit matures, he or she will reinvest the money into a five-year CD, and will do so every subsequent year upon each CD's maturation. In this way, the investor has a CD that matures each year and thus, steady income from the interest on the maturing investments.

Nevertheless, investors must keep in mind that the onus of developing a ladder strategy is on the investor, not the bank or financial institution. In developing a strategy, map out each rung of the ladder, determining how long you want to invest for, the kind of return you are targeting and the length of time you can tolerate not having access to the principal and interest.

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National Average is calculated using one unique rate per institution.Averages are based on Banks, Savings & Loans, Brokers and Internet Banks with assets greater than $1 Billion.