We offer very competitive interest rates, our CDs are FDIC-insured and we have a wide selection of maturity dates and interest payment options. But unlike a bank, at Edward Jones you also get advice and guidance from your personal financial advisor on how CDs fit into your portfolio and your overall financial strategy.
What are CDs?
No, we're not talking about classic rock or country music CDs. We're talking about certificates of deposit, more commonly referred to as CDs. CDs are a way to save money, like a savings account, but usually with a slightly higher interest rate. But unlike a savings account, CDs are a time deposit. This means you can't just withdraw your funds on demand. It's possible, but you'll probably pay a penalty. Otherwise, you have to wait until your CDs mature or "come due."
Using a CD ladder
CDs can play an important role in helping you reach your financial goals. If you're working, you've probably heard that you should have at least six months' worth of living expenses saved up in case of an emergency, like a sudden illness or a job loss. If you're retired, we recommend upping that amount to 12 months' worth. By having an emergency savings fund, you won't have to dip into your retirement accounts or other long-term savings if an unforeseen event strikes.
You can build a "CD ladder" by buying a series of CDs that mature at different, sequential dates in the future – like one month, three months, six months, nine months and 12 months out. As one CD matures, you can take either use that money if you need it or just buy the next rung on your ladder. This strategy can help you earn more interest than a standard savings account, while still supplying you with a stream of cash in case of an emergency. Your local financial advisor can give you more details on our CD laddering strategy.
How we can help
By consolidating your long-term investments and your short-term savings here, your financial advisor can take your whole financial picture into account when making recommendations.
*Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective [09/04/15]. CDs offered by Edward Jones are bank-issued and FDIC-insured up to $250,000 (principal and interest accrued but not yet paid) per depositor, per insured depository institution, for each account ownership category. Please visit www.fdic.gov or contact your financial advisor for additional information. Subject to availability and price change. CD values are subject to interest rate risk such that when interest rates rise, the prices of CDs can decrease. If CDs are sold prior to maturity, the investor can lose principal value. FDIC insurance does not cover losses in market value. Early withdrawal may not be permitted. Yields quoted are net of all commissions. CDs require the distribution of interest and do not allow interest to compound. CDs offered through Edward Jones are issued by banks and thrifts nationwide. All CDs sold by Edward Jones are registered with the Depository Trust Corp. (DTC).
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