Top CD Rates Today, May 16

See how today's top nationwide rate is trending for every CD term

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CD shoppers looking to score a great short-term rate have a new top option today: You can now earn 5.10% APY on a 3-month certificate, up from yesterday's term high of 5.01% APY.

If you're willing to sock away your money for 9, 15, or 17 months, you can earn the top nationwide rate of 5.50% APY. Or you can lock in 5.25% APY or better on any of another dozen options in our daily rankings of the best nationwide CDs, with the longest offer at this rate being 24 months.

Key Takeaways

  • The top rate on a nationally available 3-month certificate climbed to 5.10% APY, up from 5.01% APY.
  • The industry-leading rate on nationally available CDs remains 5.50% APY, offered on terms of 9, 15, and 17 months.
  • Fifteen different CDs in our daily rankings pay at least 5.25% APY, a notable improvement from just eight at the start of last week.
  • You can earn at least 5.00% in every CD term from 3 months to 2 years, with the best 2-year rate holding at 5.25% APY.
  • The Federal Reserve could end its rate hikes soon, meaning CD yields may be nearing a peak. That makes now a great time to lock in a record-high CD rate.
CD Term  Yesterday's Top National Rate  Today's Top National Rate Day's Change (percentage points)
3 months 5.01% APY 5.10% APY + 0.09
6 months  5.50% APY 5.50% APY No change
1 year 5.25% APY  5.25% APY No change
18 months 5.50% APY 5.50% APY No change
2 years  5.25% APY 5.25% APY No change
3 years  4.85% APY  4.85% APY No change
4 years 4.73% APY 4.73% APY No change
5 years  4.68% APY  4.68% APY No change
To view the top 15–20 nationwide rates in any term, click on the desired term length in the left column above.
 CD Term Today's Top National Bank Rate Today's Top National Credit Union Rate Today's Top National Jumbo Rate
3 months  5.10% APY 4.75% APY  4.35% APY 
6 months  5.11% APY 5.50% APY  5.25% APY 
1 year  5.25% APY  5.25% APY 5.25% APY 
18 months  5.50% APY  5.50% APY  5.27% APY 
2 years  5.00% APY  5.25% APY  5.04% APY 
3 years  4.76% APY  4.85% APY  4.99% APY 
4 years  4.54% APY  4.73% APY  4.89% APY 
5 years  4.52% APY  4.68% APY  4.84% APY 
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 should earn you a higher return, rates on jumbo certificates often pay less than standard CDs. Today's best jumbo offers, which typically require a deposit of $100,000 or more, only beat the best standard rates in the three longest CD terms, while you can do better with standard CDs in the other five terms. So remember to shop every CD type before making a final choice.

Where Are CD Rates Headed This Year?

The CD rate heyday could be nearing an end. Here's why.

Rates on certificates of deposit generally mirror the trend of the federal funds rate, and the quarter-point increase by the Federal Reserve on May 3 nudged CD rates slightly higher last week. Though deposit rates surged in 2022 as a result of the Fed's aggressive federal funds rate hikes aimed at taming decades-high inflation, this year's Fed increases have been more subdued, which has considerably slowed the growth in CD rates.

The Fed's latest announcement included a notable change in language from prior announcements, indicating that the Fed may pause its hikes at a June 13-14 meeting. This, plus other economic factors, have futures traders betting 4-to-1 that last week's increase will be the Fed's last hike of its campaign, while a minority feel we could see yet another bump.

Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic said Monday that he doesn't see rates declining this year. Nevertheless, about a quarter of Fed watchers currently predict rates could fall as early as July, with a majority predicting a decrease in September or later.

In any case, CD rates are at their highest levels since at least 2007, the last time we saw the federal funds rate this high. With rate decreases potentially on the near horizon, it's a smart time to lock in one of the nation-leading rates in our CD rankings, guaranteeing you an excellent rate even after the Fed ultimately hits reverse.

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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