NEW YORK, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With interest rates projected to increase, consumers are reluctant about committing money to multi-year CDs. To help consumers evaluate what rising rate CD options are available, Bankrate.com has released a survey of liquid, bump-up and step-up CDs at the 5 largest banks and 5 largest thrifts in each of 10 large U.S. markets, plus the nation's 50 largest credit unions. The results of the survey can be found here: http://bankrate.com/finance/cd/rising-rate-cds-flexibility-with-a-price-1.aspx.
Liquid CD: Permits one or more withdrawals during the term of the CD without penalty, but there is usually a price to pay for the flexibility.
Bump-up CD: Provides investors with the option to increase the rate one or more times during the term of the CD. However, there is a tradeoff in the form of lower initial interest rate that the consumer can potentially offset if rates rise fast enough.
Step-up CD: Offers specified rate increases at pre-determined intervals during the term of the CD. Although not as widely available, some compare very favorably against traditional CDs.
"Higher interest rates are inevitable and Bankrate's survey helps consumers understand these alternative CD products," said Bankrate's senior financial analyst, Greg McBride, CFA. "But terms vary widely so it is important to shop around and compare versus traditional CDs and top-yielding savings accounts."
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Greg McBride, CFA will be in New York City and is available to discuss the findings of the survey and how your audience may benefit from these products.
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