See how today’s best CD rates are trending for every term from 3 months to 5 years

Published August 25, 2023

Investopedia / Alice Morgan and Sabrina Jiang

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Our list of benchmark leaders keeps growing: Investopedia’s daily ranking of the best CD rates now includes seven more options paying at least 5.50% APY. That brings us up to 37 certificates in that elite tier, which is more than double the number from when August began.

On top of that, a new contender is offering the highest nationwide rate of 5.75%, giving you three different ways to earn that record return. BluPeak Credit Union’s 9-month CD is the latest addition, joining Abound Credit Union‘s 10-month CD and MapleMark Bank‘s 12-month offer in the top spot.

Key Takeaways

  • The leading rate among the best nationwide CDs is still 5.75%—but now with an added third option, all ranging from terms of nine to 12 months.
  • Our list of benchmark leaders—those offering 5.50% or more—has grown to 37 from 30 the day before, and 15 at the start of August.
  • For those who can manage a jumbo CD deposit of at least $100,000, the highest nationwide CD rate is a bit better, at 5.85%.

  • It’s still possible that CD rates could go even higher: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell confirmed the Fed could raise its benchmark interest rate again if inflation does not cool down enough in the coming months.

To help you earn as much as possible, here are the top CD rates available from our partners, followed by more information on the best-paying CDs that are available to U.S. customers everywhere.

Looking to secure one of today’s record rates for longer than two years? You can score 5.13% APY from the credit union leading our best 3-year CDs ranking, or 5.00% from one of three bank CDs in that term. But if you can manage a deposit of at least $100,000, you can stretch your term to four years with a 5.12% APY jumbo certificate.


If you’re thinking you need to stick with a bank CD because becoming a credit union member is too much trouble, think again. The credit unions we include in our rankings are open to anyone nationwide and are easy to join. Though some require a donation to an affiliated nonprofit organization, the required amount is generally modest, and some require no donation or cost at all. The process for opening an account at a credit union is also the same as opening an account at a new bank.

To view the top 15–20 nationwide rates in any term, click on the desired term length in the left column above.
*Indicates the highest APY offered in each term. To view our lists of the top-paying CDs across terms for bank, credit union, and jumbo certificates, click on the column headers above.


Despite the suggestion that a larger deposit entitles you to a higher return, that’s not always the case for jumbo certificate rates, which often pay less than standard CDs. Though today’s best jumbo offers, which typically require a deposit of $100,000 or more, beat the best standard rates in six CD terms, you can do just as well or better in the other two terms with a standard CD. So always be sure to shop every certificate type before making a final decision.

Will CD Rates Go Up in 2023?

This year has already seen CD rates hit record levels, but it’s possible they could inch higher still. That’s because some banks and credit unions are still reacting to the central bank bumping the federal funds rate higher at its July 26 meeting. Also important is that the Federal Reserve has notably kept the door open to further 2023 increases.

The Fed has been aggressively combating decades-high inflation since March of last year, with fast-and-furious hikes in 2022 that eased to more moderate increases in 2023. Last month’s bump took the cumulative increase to 5.25%, raising the fed funds rate to its highest level since 2001. That’s created historic conditions for CD shoppers, as well as for anyone holding cash in a high-yield savings or money market account.

The Fed’s official July announcement provided no strong indications on whether it will raise its benchmark rate even higher this year. The written statement simply reiterated the Fed’s commitment to bring inflation back down to its target level of 2%.

In a speech at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium Friday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said more rate increases were on the table if inflation doesn’t come down enough in the coming months or if economic growth is too fast (which would put upward pressure on inflation.) He said that the Fed could also keep its rate steady, and noted that raising it too much would hurt the economy unnecessarily. The Fed’s next meeting is scheduled for September 19-20. Recent public remarks from other Fed members, meanwhile, indicate they may be divided on the issue.

Currently, more than 80% of traders are betting the Fed will hold interest rates steady at its September meeting, according to the fed funds futures probabilities published by the CME Group. If the Fed goes against the market’s expectations and chooses to raise rates by another 25 basis points (bps), it would mark the 12th rate hike over the past 13 meetings, setting the benchmark rate to a range of 5.50% to 5.75%.

It’s much more likely that the Fed could hike its benchmark rate in November or a subsequent meeting. Markets are pricing in almost a 60% chance of another rate hike before the end of the year.

Another increase by the Fed would certainly add a little more fuel to the fire for CD rates. But if the September decision is a rate hold, markets—and CD shoppers—could be left guessing if that’s a temporary or permanent pause. In any case, as soon as it appears the Fed is ready to end its rate-hiking campaign for good, that will signal that CD rates have likely peaked.

Note that the “top rates” quoted here are the highest nationally available rates Investopedia has identified in its daily rate research on hundreds of banks and credit unions. This is much different than the national average, which includes all banks offering a CD with that term, including many large banks that pay a pittance in interest. Thus, the national averages are always quite low, while the top rates you can unearth by shopping around are often five, 10, or even 15 times higher.

Rate Collection Methodology Disclosure

Every business day, Investopedia tracks the rate data of more than 200 banks and credit unions that offer CDs to customers nationwide and determines daily rankings of the top-paying certificates in every major term. To qualify for our lists, the institution must be federally insured (FDIC for banks, NCUA for credit unions), and the CD’s minimum initial deposit must not exceed $25,000.

Banks must be available in at least 40 states. And while some credit unions require you to donate to a specific charity or association to become a member if you don’t meet other eligibility criteria (e.g., you don’t live in a certain area or work in a certain kind of job), we exclude credit unions whose donation requirement is $40 or more. For more about how we choose the best rates, read our full methodology.

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