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What Do Retirees Think the Best CD Accounts Have in Common?

Most retirees agree that the safety of their principal is an important consideration for at least a portion of their savings. Certificates of deposit (CDs) certainly meet that criteria—but which are the best CD accounts for retiree's needs? Safety. The safety of your deposit is one of the key attractions of CDs. For that reason, […]

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What Are the Best Certificates of Deposit to Have During Retirement?

Most retirees keep a good portion of their savings in a low-risk account where their principal and interest are safe, and bank certificates of deposit (CDs) are widely accepted as a good choice. But what are the best certificates of deposit to have during retirement? The answer depends on your personal needs and goals. Longer-term […]

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Is a Longer Commitment Worth Potentially Better Certificate of Deposit Rates?

While it's true that longer-term certificate of deposit rates tend to beat shorter-term rates, it's also true that there's a tradeoff for that higher annual percentage yield (APY)—you usually can't access your money until maturity, unless you're willing to pay an early-withdrawal penalty. For that reason, the comparison process for certificate of deposit rates and […]

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Beyond CD Interest Rates: What to Look For

If you're putting money into a certificate of deposit (CD), it's natural that you'd like to see your savings grow as quickly as possible. That makes it easy to focus exclusively on the interest rate—more specifically, the annual percentage yield (APY)—that most financial institutions advertise prominently. CD interest rates do matter, but they aren't the […]

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Can Your CD Interest Calculator Do This?

At Ally Bank, we know how important it is to make your money work as hard as possible. That's why we offer such a wide range of certificates of deposit, or CDs.Not only do we offer rates that are consistently among the most competitive in the country, we make it easier for you to choose […]

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Quick Take: Plan for a Rainy Day

When you're planning to build up a fund for emergencies, unexpected expenses or lean financial times, it's important to consider the best way to save. You may decide to place your money into a certificate of deposit (CD), savings account or another type of savings product. Your first savings goal should be to have emergency […]

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How CDs Compare to Investments

Saving with CD accounts can be a great way to reach your savings goals, but how do CD accounts compare to investments? An investment involves risking money in order to earn profits. An investment may earn a small return, a large return or no return at all, depending on how the investment performs. Investing comes […]

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Where Does Ally Fit in a Bank CD Rates Comparison

Comparing certificate of deposit (CD) rates has become as easy as checking out one of the many financial websites that compile and list Annual Percentage Yields (APYs) from around the country. MyBankTracker, Bankrate.com, Bankaholic® and RatesORama.com are just some of the sites that offer bank CD rates comparisons, along with information on savings, checking and […]

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Does It Matter If Your Bank CD Rates Aren’t the Highest?

It's the number that can usually be found in big type at the top of a banking website: Annual Percentage Yield (APY). APY represents your real rate of return over the year. And when you're researching bank certificate of deposit (CD) rates, there's no doubting its importance: All things being equal, you generally want the […]

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Keeping Up With Bank CD Rates

One of the key benefits of a traditional bank certificate of deposit (CD) is that in general, it offers a fixed rate that won't fluctuate over the life of the CD. In other words, you'll almost always know exactly what you will get when the CD matures, and you can plan accordingly. While the rate […]