5-Year CD Rates in Greater Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis Region area, the average 5-year CD rate sat at 1.07%, lower than the national average of 1.16%. Rates on the 5-year CD ranged from 0.13% on the low end to 2.0% at the high end, which can be found at Stearns Bank National Association. The average 3-year CD rate in Greater Minneapolis Region was 0.65% with a range of 0.1% to 1.2% found at Stearns Bank National Association. And if you are on the market for a 1-year CD, take a look at Stearns Bank National Association, which currently offers a rate of 0.55% as compared to the Greater Minneapolis Region average of 0.28%. Other top rate issuers can be found in the tables that follow.

GREATER MINNEAPOLIS REGION AVERAGE RESULTS - $10K

Avg Rate This
week
Highest Available
Rate
Highest Available Rate Issuer
Money Market 0.11% 0.15% Merchants Bank, National Association
1 month CD 0.1% 0.45% Great Southern Bank
3 month CD 0.12% 0.45% Great Southern Bank
6 month CD 0.17% 0.4% Stearns Bank National Association
1 year CD 0.28% 0.55% Stearns Bank National Association
2 year CD 0.46% 0.85% Stearns Bank National Association
3 year CD 0.65% 1.2% Stearns Bank National Association
4 year CD 0.83% 1.5% Bank of the West
5 year CD 1.07% 2.0% Stearns Bank National Association

TOP RATE ISSUERS - $10K

This is a list of issuers with top interest rates in the Greater Minneapolis 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 ($)
APY(%)
Merchants Bank, National Association
651-437-7760
www.merchantsbank.com
B+ 5000 0.15
Alerus Financial, National Association
651-746-6000
www.alerusfinancial.com
A 10000 0.12
Stearns Bank National Association
651-277-2265
www.stearnsbank.com
A 1000 0.1
Minnwest Bank
651-454-0004
www.minnwestbank.com
B- 10000 0.1
US Bank National Association
612-276-7000
www.usbank.com
C 10000 0.1
1 Month CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Great Southern Bank
952-920-6700
www.interbank.com
B 250 0.45
Merchants Bank, National Association
651-437-7760
www.merchantsbank.com
B+ 500 0.1
Minnwest Bank
651-454-0004
www.minnwestbank.com
B- 10000 0.1
US Bank National Association
612-276-7000
www.usbank.com
C 10000 0.05
Bremer Bank, National Association
651-451-6822
www.bremer.com
B- 10000 0.05
3 Month CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Great Southern Bank
952-920-6700
www.interbank.com
B 250 0.45
Stearns Bank National Association
651-277-2265
www.stearnsbank.com
A 2500 0.3
Think Mutual Bank
952-920-1774
www.thinkbank.com
C+ 250 0.2
Merchants Bank, National Association
651-437-7760
www.merchantsbank.com
B+ 500 0.1
Minnwest Bank
651-454-0004
www.minnwestbank.com
B- 10000 0.1
6 Month CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Stearns Bank National Association
651-277-2265
www.stearnsbank.com
A 2500 0.4
Think Mutual Bank
952-920-1774
www.thinkbank.com
C+ 250 0.3
Great Southern Bank
952-920-6700
www.interbank.com
B 250 0.25
Merchants Bank, National Association
651-437-7760
www.merchantsbank.com
B+ 500 0.15
Bell State Bank & Trust
952-591-1880
www.bellbanks.com
B+ 500 0.15
1 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Stearns Bank National Association
651-277-2265
www.stearnsbank.com
A 2500 0.55
Think Mutual Bank
952-920-1774
www.thinkbank.com
C+ 250 0.4
Great Southern Bank
952-920-6700
www.interbank.com
B 250 0.35
Bell State Bank & Trust
952-591-1880
www.bellbanks.com
B+ 500 0.25
KleinBank
888-553-4648
www.kleinbank.com
C+ 1000 0.25
2 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Stearns Bank National Association
651-277-2265
www.stearnsbank.com
A 2500 0.85
Great Southern Bank
952-920-6700
www.interbank.com
B 250 0.55
Think Mutual Bank
952-920-1774
www.thinkbank.com
C+ 250 0.5
Bell State Bank & Trust
952-591-1880
www.bellbanks.com
B+ 500 0.5
Alerus Financial, National Association
651-746-6000
www.alerusfinancial.com
A 2500 0.45
3 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Stearns Bank National Association
651-277-2265
www.stearnsbank.com
A 2500 1.2
Bank of the West
763-367-5063
www.bankofthewest.com
B 10000 1.0
Bell State Bank & Trust
952-591-1880
www.bellbanks.com
B+ 500 0.75
Alerus Financial, National Association
651-746-6000
www.alerusfinancial.com
A 2500 0.7
Associated Bank, National Association
715-386-5511
www.associatedbank.com
B- 10000 0.7
4 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Bank of the West
763-367-5063
www.bankofthewest.com
B 10000 1.5
Stearns Bank National Association
651-277-2265
www.stearnsbank.com
A 2500 1.4
Alerus Financial, National Association
651-746-6000
www.alerusfinancial.com
A 2500 1.0
Associated Bank, National Association
715-386-5511
www.associatedbank.com
B- 10000 1.0
Great Southern Bank
952-920-6700
www.interbank.com
B 250 0.85
5 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Stearns Bank National Association
651-277-2265
www.stearnsbank.com
A 2500 2.0
Associated Bank, National Association
715-386-5511
www.associatedbank.com
B- 10000 2.0
Bank of the West
763-367-5063
www.bankofthewest.com
B 10000 1.5
Bell State Bank & Trust
952-591-1880
www.bellbanks.com
B+ 500 1.3
Alerus Financial, National Association
651-746-6000
www.alerusfinancial.com
A 2500 1.15

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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