CD Rates Grind To Halt As Fed Considers Lower Interest Rates For Banks TheStreet and RateWatch Report Top National & Regional CD Rate Issuers

NEW YORK, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- RateWatch, a premier banking data and analytics service owned by TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) reported today that national averages for CD rates were unchanged as the Federal Reserve has continued to keep the short-term federal funds rate at a range of zero to 0.25% since late 2008.

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"The interest rate environment could become even more hostile for savers," said Philip van Doorn, TheStreet's senior bank analyst.  "The Federal Reserve has kept the short-term federal funds rate in a range of zero to 0.25% since late 2008, and there's little chance of the target rate being increased at least until the U.S. unemployment rate falls below 6.5%," van Doorn said.  The unemployment rate for October was 7.3%, increasing from 7.2% during September.

According to the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee's Oct. 29-30 policy meeting, several members of the committee have been considering lowering the 0.25% interest rate paid by the Fed to banks on reserve deposits parked with the central bank.  According to a Financial Times report, two of the nation's largest banks will consider charging some customers to take their deposits, if the Fed makes this move.

"The banks just don't need the money," van Doorn added. "They could find savings deposits unprofitable, when factoring overhead and deposit insurance premiums, if the Fed cuts the rate being paid to the banks."  The four largest U.S. banks have seen considerable deposit growth over the past five years, while seeing their loan balances decline, underscoring the noncompetitive landscape for bank deposits.

NATIONAL AVERAGE RESULTS - $10K


This
week

Last
week

Money Market

0.10

0.10

1 month CD

0.06

0.06

3 month CD

0.09

0.09

6 month CD

0.14

0.14

1 year CD

0.23

0.23

2 year CD

0.37

0.37

3 year CD

0.51

0.51

4 year CD

0.63

0.63

5 year CD

0.82

0.82

TOP RATE ISSUERS - $10K
This is a list of issuers with top interest rates. 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

B-

10000

1.260

504-671-3550

www.firstnbcbank.com

Doral Bank

D-

5000

0.940

212-584-6820

www.doralbankny.com

Sallie Mae Bank

A-

1

0.900

801-281-1423

www.salliemaebank.com

Mercantil Commercebank, National Association

C

10000

0.900

305-460-8701

www.mercantilcb.com

Ally Bank

B+

1

0.850

877-247-2559

www.ally.com

1 Month CD

Financial
Strength
Rating

Minimum
to Earn
Interest
($)

APY
(%)

Beal Bank USA

C+

1000

0.400

702-598-3500

www.bealbank.com

Beal Bank, SSB

C

1000

0.400

619-894-8066

www.bealbank.com

Merchants Bank of Indiana

A

1

0.350

317-805-4300

www.merchantsbankofindiana.com

Pinnacle Bank

B

500

0.350

402-454-6515

www.pinnbank.com

First NBC Bank

B-

1000

0.350

504-671-3550

www.firstnbcbank.com

3 Month CD

Financial
Strength
Rating

Minimum
to Earn
Interest
($)

APY
(%)

Beal Bank USA

C+

1000

0.510

702-598-3500

www.bealbank.com

Umbrellabank.com

C

1000

0.510

866-862-7355

www.umbrellabank.com

Institution for Savings In Newburyport

B

1

0.500

978-462-3106

www.institutionforsavings.com

Doral Bank

D-

500

0.500

850-914-2525

www.doralbankflorida.com

FirstBank Florida

D

1000

0.500

305-740-9522

www.firstbankfla.com

6 Month CD

Financial
Strength
Rating

Minimum
to Earn
Interest
($)

APY
(%)

Doral Bank

D-

500

1.000

212-584-6820

www.doralbankny.com

GE Capital Bank

A

500

0.830

801-517-5000

www.gecapitalbank.com

Beal Bank USA

C+

1000

0.750

702-598-3500

www.bealbank.com

Discover Bank

C+

500

0.650

888-765-6654

www.discoverbank.com

VirtualBank

B-

10000

0.650

561-776-8860

www.virtualbank.com

1 Year CD

Financial
Strength
Rating

Minimum
to Earn
Interest
($)

APY
(%)

Doral Bank

D-

500

1.200

212-584-6820

www.doralbankny.com

Beal Bank USA

C+

1000

1.110

786-347-3601

www.bealbank.com

GE Capital Bank

A

500

1.050

801-517-5000

www.gecapitalbank.com

CIT Bank

B+

1000

1.020

801-412-6800

www.bankoncit.com

Ally Bank

B+

1

0.980

877-247-2559

www.ally.com

2 Year CD

Financial
Strength
Rating

Minimum
to Earn
Interest
($)

APY
(%)

Doral Bank

D-

500

1.450

212-584-6820

www.doralbankny.com

iGObanking.com

C+

1000

1.200

888-432-5890

www.igobanking.com

GE Capital Bank

A

500

1.180

801-517-5000

www.gecapitalbank.com

CIT Bank

B+

1000

1.170

801-412-6800

www.bankoncit.com

Guaranty Bond Bank, National Association

B+

1000

1.150

903-572-9881

www.gnty.com

3 Year CD

Financial
Strength
Rating

Minimum
to Earn
Interest
($)

APY
(%)

Institution for Savings In Newburyport

B

1

2.000

978-462-3106

www.institutionforsavings.com

Doral Bank

D-

500

1.600

212-584-6820

www.doralbankny.com

Intervest National Bank

C

2500

1.450

212-218-8383

www.intervestnatbank.com

Boiling Springs Savings Bank

C+

1000

1.400

201-939-6600

www.bssbank.com

Community Bank

C

1000

1.400

800-239-9427

www.dodcommunitybank.com

4 Year CD

Financial
Strength
Rating

Minimum
to Earn
Interest
($)

APY
(%)

Institution for Savings In Newburyport

B

1

2.000

978-462-3106

www.institutionforsavings.com

HarborOne Bank

U

1

2.000

508-895-1000

www.harborone.com

GE Capital Bank

A

500

1.670

801-517-5000

www.gecapitalbank.com

Nationwide Bank

B+

10000

1.670

614-249-6226

www.nationwide.com

Doral Bank

D-

500

1.650

212-584-6820

www.doralbankny.com

5 Year CD

Financial
Strength
Rating

Minimum
to Earn
Interest
($)

APY
(%)

VirtualBank

B-

10000

2.020

561-776-8860

www.virtualbank.com

GE Capital Bank

A

500

2.010

801-517-5000

www.gecapitalbank.com

Institution for Savings In Newburyport

B

1

2.000

978-462-3106

www.institutionforsavings.com

Compass Bank

C

1

2.000

205-297-1986

www.bbvacompass.com

MidFirst Bank

B-

1000

2.000

405-228-6540

www.midfirst.com

Financial Strength Rating: A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Fair, D=Weak, E=Very Weak, U=Unrated  
                                                Plus sign "+" = top of range, Minus sign "-" = bottom of range

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.

About RateWatch
For over 20 years, RateWatch has been the premier provider of competitive interest rate and product information to financial institutions across the United States.  Consistently providing top quality, highly relevant data RateWatch maintains the largest database in the industry with deposit, loan, and fee information monitoring over 96,000 locations. Rate surveys, product comparisons, financial strength reporting, local/regional/national averages, fee reporting, specialty reports and more are available.  To learn more about RateWatch, visit www.rate-watch.com.  RateWatch is a division of TheStreet, Inc.

About TheStreet
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Contact:

Emily Schneider
TheStreet, Inc.
212-321-5521
emily.schneider@thestreet.com

Joe Deaux
TheStreet, Inc.
212-321-5086
joseph.deaux@thestreet.com

SOURCE TheStreet, Inc.



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