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

CD RATES STEADY AS FED CONFIRMS END TO MONTHLY BOND BUYING CAMPAIGN

TheStreet and RateWatch Report Top National & Regional CD Rate Issuers

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 CD rates were unchanged after the Federal Reserve confirmed it would end its monthly bond buying campaign after October, and the central bank announced that Charles Plosser, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas would step down by April," TheStreet's Antoine Gara reported.

"Plosser and Fisher were two dissenters at the Fed's September meeting, given their belief it should move quicker to end stimulus to the U.S. economy. Chairwoman's Janet Yellen's cautious outlook on the labor market, however, indicates that short term interest will remain low for an extended period of time even after the Fed ends its monthly bond purchases," added Gara.

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 0.56% 0.56%
3 year CD 0.76% 0.76%
4 year CD 0.94% 0.94%
5 year CD 1.16% 1.16%

In the Greater Dallas Region area, the average 5-year CD rate sat at 0.98%, lower than the national average of 1.16%. Rates on the 5-year CD ranged from 0.15% on the low end to 2.0% at the high end, which can be found at Compass Bank. The average 3-year CD rate in Greater Dallas Region was 0.68% with a range of 0.05% to 1.45% found at Bank Direct. And if you are on the market for a 1-year CD, take a look at NexBank, SSB, which currently offers a rate of 0.9% as compared to the Greater Dallas Region average of 0.36%. Other top rate issuers can be found in the tables that follow.

GREATER DALLAS REGION AVERAGE RESULTS - $10K

Avg Rate This
week
Highest Available
Rate
Highest Available Rate Issuer
Money Market 0.13% 0.3% NexBank, SSB
1 month CD 0.11% 0.45% Great Southern Bank
3 month CD 0.14% 0.51% Umbrellabank.com
6 month CD 0.21% 0.61% Umbrellabank.com
1 year CD 0.36% 0.9% NexBank, SSB
2 year CD 0.55% 1.25% NexBank, SSB
3 year CD 0.68% 1.45% Bank Direct
4 year CD 0.79% 1.35% Washington Federal, National Association
5 year CD 0.98% 2.0% Compass Bank

TOP RATE ISSUERS - $10K

This is a list of issuers with top interest rates in the Greater Dallas 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 ($)
APY(%)
NexBank, SSB
214-234-7280
www.nexbank.com
B+ 5000 0.3
Umbrellabank.com
866-862-7355
www.umbrellabank.com
C 1000 0.25
American First National Bank
972-578-7777
www.afnb.com
B 10000 0.25
Guaranty Bond Bank, National Association
903-886-2274
www.gnty.com
B+ 1000 0.25
Wilshire Bank
972-919-9999
www.wilshirebank.com
B- 2500 0.25
1 Month CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Great Southern Bank
972-743-4422
www.greatsouthernbank.com
B 250 0.45
Umbrellabank.com
866-862-7355
www.umbrellabank.com
C 1000 0.4
Beal Bank, SSB
469-619-6050
www.bealbank.com
C 1000 0.3
Wilshire Bank
972-919-9999
www.wilshirebank.com
B- 1000 0.2
City Bank
972-491-1300
www.citybankonline.com
B- 1000 0.2
3 Month CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Umbrellabank.com
866-862-7355
www.umbrellabank.com
C 1000 0.51
Great Southern Bank
972-743-4422
www.greatsouthernbank.com
B 250 0.45
Bank Direct
877-839-2737
www.bankdirect.com
B 10000 0.4
City Bank
972-491-1300
www.citybankonline.com
B- 1000 0.35
Beal Bank, SSB
469-619-6050
www.bealbank.com
C 1000 0.31
6 Month CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Umbrellabank.com
866-862-7355
www.umbrellabank.com
C 1000 0.61
Wilshire Bank
972-919-9999
www.wilshirebank.com
B- 1000 0.6
Beal Bank, SSB
469-619-6050
www.bealbank.com
C 1000 0.51
City Bank
972-491-1300
www.citybankonline.com
B- 1000 0.5
PlainsCapital Bank
214-525-4153
www.plainscapital.com
A- 1000 0.35
1 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
NexBank, SSB
214-234-7280
www.nexbank.com
B+ 10000 0.9
Wilshire Bank
972-919-9999
www.wilshirebank.com
B- 1000 0.8
City Bank
972-491-1300
www.citybankonline.com
B- 1000 0.75
Umbrellabank.com
866-862-7355
www.umbrellabank.com
C 1000 0.66
Beal Bank, SSB
469-619-6050
www.bealbank.com
C 1000 0.66
2 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
NexBank, SSB
214-234-7280
www.nexbank.com
B+ 10000 1.25
Bank Direct
877-839-2737
www.bankdirect.com
B 10000 1.25
Guaranty Bond Bank, National Association
903-886-2274
www.gnty.com
B+ 1000 1.15
City Bank
972-491-1300
www.citybankonline.com
B- 1000 1.0
Wilshire Bank
972-919-9999
www.wilshirebank.com
B- 1000 0.95
3 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Bank Direct
877-839-2737
www.bankdirect.com
B 10000 1.45
City Bank
972-491-1300
www.citybankonline.com
B- 1000 1.25
Wilshire Bank
972-919-9999
www.wilshirebank.com
B- 1000 1.05
American Bank of Texas
972-335-1900
www.abtexas.com
B 10000 1.05
Community Trust Bank
214-378-2100
www.ctbonline.com
B 500 1.05
4 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Washington Federal, National Association
972-378-0200
www.washingtonfederal.com
B 1000 1.35
American Bank of Texas
972-335-1900
www.abtexas.com
B 10000 1.31
City Bank
972-491-1300
www.citybankonline.com
B- 1000 1.25
Community Trust Bank
214-378-2100
www.ctbonline.com
B 500 1.25
Guaranty Bond Bank, National Association
903-886-2274
www.gnty.com
B+ 1000 1.25
5 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Compass Bank
214-346-6191
www.bbvacompass.com
C+ 1 2.0
OmniAmerican Bank
817-246-0111
www.omniamerican.com
B- 1000 1.75
American Bank of Texas
972-335-1900
www.abtexas.com
B 10000 1.56
First National Bank of Omaha
972-985-7300
www.fnsouthwest.com
C+ 500 1.51
First National Bank Southwest
972-985-7300
www.fnsouthwest.com
C+ 500 1.51

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.

About RateWatch

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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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