In addition to a potentially high interest rate, CDs are often considered pretty safe (thanks to being federally insured) and can have more predictable returns, since your rate is typically locked in when you open one.
However, maybe having your rate “locked in” isn’t what you’re looking for. Perhaps you like a little flexibility in your rate of return (especially if interest rates go up). In that case, you might consider a rate bump CD.
Rate bump CDs can go by a couple different names, like “raise-your-rate CDs ” or “bump-up CDs.” No matter what you call it, this type of CD allows you to take advantage of rising interest rates (in the case that interest rates do rise) because you have the option to increase the interest rate during the CD’s term.
Your rate bump CD offers an initial 1% APY. If you funded your CD with $5,000, at the end of the first year that 1% APY could earn $50 from interest.
Now let’s say that over the course of that year interest rates go up, and you want to use your one-time rate increase option to “bump up” your APY from 1% to 1.5%. The difference between that 1% and 1.5% on $5,000 is the difference between $50 and $75.
The answer to that question will depend on a few things:
And those are the same factors you’d consider for any CD or savings vehicle.
Another important factor to consider with a rate bump CD: Are interest rates expected to go up in the future? If so, a rate bump CD might be a good option.
If not, you might want to go for a more traditional savings product, or even a No-Penalty CD that would allow you to take your money out early without paying an early-withdrawal fee. (Of course, it can be tough to know for sure if rates are going to rise, even if you stay on top of financial news and markets.)
At the end of the day, if getting to nudge up the rate on your CD sounds appealing, a rate bump CD could make sense in your savings arsenal.
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