5-Year CD Rates in Greater New Orleans Region Higher 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 four and five-year CD terms each increased by one basis point this week as the Federal Reserve continued to keep the short-term federal funds rate at a range of zero to 0.25% since late 2008.

"Four and five-year CD rates increased by one basis point each over the past week as economic data was mixed overall. An upward revision to GDP was offset by weak consumer confidence numbers Tuesday. Housing and employment data last week was generally positive," said Dan Freed, Senior Staff Reporter for TheStreet.

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 0.95% 0.94%
5 year CD 1.17% 1.16%

In the Greater New Orleans Region area, the average 5-year CD rate sat at 1.25%, higher than the national average of 1.17%. Rates on the 5-year CD ranged from 0.15% on the low end to 2.02% at the high end, which can be found at First NBC Bank. The average 3-year CD rate in Greater New Orleans Region was 0.83% 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 0.75% as compared to the Greater New Orleans Region average of 0.42%. 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 0.18% 1.06% 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 0.42% 0.75% First NBC Bank
2 year CD 0.61% 1.26% First NBC Bank
3 year CD 0.83% 1.31% First NBC Bank
4 year CD 0.93% 1.23% Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company
5 year CD 1.25% 2.02% 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 ($)
APY(%)
First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com
B- 10000 1.06
Home Bank
985-727-6001
www.home24bank.com
B 10000 0.15
IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com
C+ 10000 0.1
Woodforest National Bank
504-682-1910
www.woodforest.com
A- 1 0.05
Whitney Bank
504-586-7456
www.whitneybank.com
B 2500 0.03
1 Month CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
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
Bank of America, National Association
800-432-1000
www.bankofamerica.com
C- 10000 0.03
3 Month CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com
B- 1000 0.35
Home Bank
985-727-6001
www.home24bank.com
B 2500 0.15
Capital One, National Association
504-533-5712
www.capitalone.com
C 1000 0.1
IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com
C+ 1000 0.1
Woodforest National Bank
504-682-1910
www.woodforest.com
A- 500 0.05
6 Month CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com
B- 10000 0.45
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company
504-561-6100
www.gulfbank.com
C 2000 0.35
Home Bank
985-727-6001
www.home24bank.com
B 2500 0.2
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
1 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com
B- 10000 0.75
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company
504-561-6100
www.gulfbank.com
C 2000 0.45
Home Bank
985-727-6001
www.home24bank.com
B 500 0.3
IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com
C+ 1000 0.2
Capital One, National Association
504-533-5712
www.capitalone.com
C 1000 0.15
2 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com
B- 10000 1.26
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company
504-561-6100
www.gulfbank.com
C 2000 0.75
Home Bank
985-727-6001
www.home24bank.com
B 500 0.45
Woodforest National Bank
504-682-1910
www.woodforest.com
A- 500 0.25
IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com
C+ 1000 0.2
3 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com
B- 10000 1.31
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company
504-561-6100
www.gulfbank.com
C 2000 1.1
IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com
C+ 1000 0.75
Home Bank
985-727-6001
www.home24bank.com
B 500 0.6
Capital One, National Association
504-533-5712
www.capitalone.com
C 1000 0.35
4 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company
504-561-6100
www.gulfbank.com
C 2000 1.23
IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com
C+ 1000 1.15
Home Bank
985-727-6001
www.home24bank.com
B 500 0.75
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
5 Year CD Financial Strength
Rating
Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)
APY(%)
First NBC Bank
504-671-3550
www.firstnbcbank.com
B- 10000 2.02
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company
504-561-6100
www.gulfbank.com
C 2000 1.5
IBERIABANK
504-310-7120
www.iberiabank.com
C+ 1000 1.5
Home Bank
985-727-6001
www.home24bank.com
B 500 0.9
Woodforest National Bank
504-682-1910
www.woodforest.com
A- 500 0.75

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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