5-Year CD Rates in Greater Virginia Beach Region Lower Than National Average

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

"National averages of CD rates generally were unchanged as investors await further insight into the Federal Reserve's thinking on interest rates at an annual Aug. 21 gathering in Wyoming hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City," reported Antoine Gara, reporter for TheStreet. "The Fed, while it continues to reduce its monthly bond purchases in the face of a strengthening U.S. economy, continues to see significant underutilization in the labor market, indicating rates won't change for a considerable time after the end of its economic stimulus program."

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% 0.55%
3 year CD 0.75% 0.75%
4 year CD 0.93% 0.93%
5 year CD 1.15% 1.15%

In the Greater Virginia Beach Region area, the average 5-year CD rate sat at 0.97%, lower than the national average of 1.15%. Rates on the 5-year CD ranged from 0.13% on the low end to 2.01% at the high end, which can be found at VantageSouth Bank. The average 3-year CD rate in Greater Virginia Beach Region was 0.55% with a range of 0.1% to 1.15% found at Fulton Bank, National Association. And if you are on the market for a 1-year CD, take a look at Armed Forces Bank, National Association, which currently offers a rate of 0.6% as compared to the Greater Virginia Beach Region average of 0.2%. Other top rate issuers can be found in the tables that follow.

GREATER VIRGINIA BEACH REGION AVERAGE RESULTS - $10K

Avg Rate This
week
Highest Available
Rate
Highest Available Rate Issuer
Money Market 0.1% 0.2% Middleburg Bank
1 month CD 0.06% 0.15% Armed Forces Bank, National Association
3 month CD 0.08% 0.2% Armed Forces Bank, National Association
6 month CD 0.11% 0.25% Armed Forces Bank, National Association
1 year CD 0.2% 0.6% Armed Forces Bank, National Association
2 year CD 0.37% 0.9% Armed Forces Bank, National Association
3 year CD 0.55% 1.15% Fulton Bank, National Association
4 year CD 0.71% 1.5% Fulton Bank, National Association
5 year CD 0.97% 2.01% VantageSouth Bank

TOP RATE ISSUERS - $10K

This is a list of issuers with top interest rates in the Greater Virginia Beach 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 ($)
APY(%)
Middleburg Bank
703-777-6327
www.middleburgbank.com
C+ 2500 0.2
EVB
804-694-4700
www.southsidebank.net
D+ 10000 0.15
VantageSouth Bank
252-232-7700
www.vantagesouth.com
C 10001 0.1
Bank of Hampton Roads
757-549-0800
www.bankofhamptonroads.com
C- 1000 0.1
City National Bank of West Virginia
757-424-5600
B 1000 0.1
1 Month CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Armed Forces Bank, National Association
757-489-0610
www.afbank.com
C+ 500 0.15
VantageSouth Bank
252-232-7700
www.vantagesouth.com
C 10000 0.12
EVB
804-694-4700
www.southsidebank.net
D+ 1000 0.1
Citizens & Farmers Bank
757-565-0593
www.cffc.com
B- 500 0.1
Bank of Hampton Roads
757-549-0800
www.bankofhamptonroads.com
C- 500 0.05
3 Month CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Armed Forces Bank, National Association
757-489-0610
www.afbank.com
C+ 500 0.2
VantageSouth Bank
252-232-7700
www.vantagesouth.com
C 10000 0.15
Middleburg Bank
703-777-6327
www.middleburgbank.com
C+ 500 0.15
EVB
804-694-4700
www.southsidebank.net
D+ 1000 0.1
Citizens & Farmers Bank
757-565-0593
www.cffc.com
B- 500 0.1
6 Month CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Armed Forces Bank, National Association
757-489-0610
www.afbank.com
C+ 500 0.25
VantageSouth Bank
252-232-7700
www.vantagesouth.com
C 10000 0.2
Middleburg Bank
703-777-6327
www.middleburgbank.com
C+ 500 0.2
City National Bank of West Virginia
757-424-5600
B 500 0.2
Citizens & Farmers Bank
757-565-0593
www.cffc.com
B- 500 0.15
1 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Armed Forces Bank, National Association
757-489-0610
www.afbank.com
C+ 500 0.6
Bank of Hampton Roads
757-549-0800
www.bankofhamptonroads.com
C- 500 0.45
Middleburg Bank
703-777-6327
www.middleburgbank.com
C+ 500 0.4
VantageSouth Bank
252-232-7700
www.vantagesouth.com
C 10000 0.35
City National Bank of West Virginia
757-424-5600
B 500 0.35
2 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Armed Forces Bank, National Association
757-489-0610
www.afbank.com
C+ 500 0.9
Middleburg Bank
703-777-6327
www.middleburgbank.com
C+ 500 0.65
Bank of Hampton Roads
757-549-0800
www.bankofhamptonroads.com
C- 500 0.6
VantageSouth Bank
252-232-7700
www.vantagesouth.com
C 10000 0.55
City National Bank of West Virginia
757-424-5600
B 500 0.55
3 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Fulton Bank, National Association
757-596-9122
www.fultonbank.com
B- 1000 1.15
Bank of Hampton Roads
757-549-0800
www.bankofhamptonroads.com
C- 500 1.06
Armed Forces Bank, National Association
757-489-0610
www.afbank.com
C+ 500 1.0
Middleburg Bank
703-777-6327
www.middleburgbank.com
C+ 500 0.9
VantageSouth Bank
252-232-7700
www.vantagesouth.com
C 10000 0.8
4 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Fulton Bank, National Association
757-596-9122
www.fultonbank.com
B- 1000 1.5
Bank of Hampton Roads
757-549-0800
www.bankofhamptonroads.com
C- 500 1.45
City National Bank of West Virginia
757-424-5600
B 500 1.15
Armed Forces Bank, National Association
757-489-0610
www.afbank.com
C+ 500 1.1
VantageSouth Bank
252-232-7700
www.vantagesouth.com
C 10000 1.05
5 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
VantageSouth Bank
252-232-7700
www.vantagesouth.com
C 10000 2.01
Bank of Hampton Roads
757-549-0800
www.bankofhamptonroads.com
C- 500 1.85
Fulton Bank, National Association
757-596-9122
www.fultonbank.com
B- 1000 1.75
Armed Forces Bank, National Association
757-489-0610
www.afbank.com
C+ 500 1.3
Citizens & Farmers Bank
757-565-0593
www.cffc.com
B- 500 1.3

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.

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