Best 1-Year CD Rates April 2024

High-yield 1-year CDs are growing in popularity. We look at the options on the market.
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CD rates have risen over the last two years in tandem with rising interest rates, as the Federal Reserve attempted to moderate inflation. But the central bank has taken its foot off the pedal lately, holding interest rates steady for a fifth time in a row at its March meeting. CD rates are likely to start to decline when the central bank begins lowering interest rates later this year.

Since 2022, the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates in an attempt to lower inflation, hiking the federal funds rate to its highest rate in over two decades. While these rate increases have driven mortgage rates to record highs and pushed many into credit card delinquency, there is one silver lining. Rates on high yield savings accounts and CDs have also increased. 

, the Fed held interest rates steady for the fifth consecutive time, keeping the federal funds rate at a target range of 5.25% to 5.5%. The Federal Reserve also maintains their projection that there will be three interest rate cuts in 2024, reducing the federal funds rate to a range of 4.5% to 4.75%.

And when the Federal Reserve eventually cuts interest rates later this year, savings rates will likely drop even further. For this reason, it’s a good idea to take advantage of savings rates while they remain high.

A CD, or certificate of deposit, is a type of investment account that holds a fixed amount of money for a fixed term — which can be anywhere from one year to five years. The annual percentage yield (APY) on CD accounts is typically higher than rates for traditional savings accounts, helping you maximize your savings with minimal effort. 

However, if you look around you'll find many accounts are already offering much higher rates than that. In some cases, we've seen 1-year CDs with yields of well over 5%. Our tool, in partnership with Bankrate, will let you search for a good rate on an account that's right for you. 

Why open a CD account?

One of the best reasons to open a CD account is that it’s one of the safest places you can save your cash. This is because most CD accounts are FDIC- or NCUA -insured. The difference depends on whether you open an account with a bank (overseen by the ) or credit union (regulated by ). If your bank or credit union is faced with any financial trouble or closes, your deposits will be insured up to $250,000 per account (and up to $250,000 per person in a joint account). You can even use the to check whether a bank is federally insured. 

Opening a CD is also a great option if you’re looking for a guaranteed rate of return on your savings. While CDs offer comparatively lower returns compared to higher-risk investment options, like stocks or ETFs, they’re a good choice if you value a fixed, predictable and safe return on your money. 

Here are some 1-year CDs with rates 5% and higher 

Apple Federal Credit Union

APY: 5.40%Minimum Deposit: $500

CFG Bank

APY: 5.40%Minimum Deposit: $500

Expedition Credit Union

APY: 5.40%Minimum Deposit: $2,500


APY: 5.40%Minimum Deposit: $25,000


APY: 5.35%Minimum Deposit: $500


APY: 5.35%Minimum Deposit: $25,000

First Internet Bank

APY: 5.31%Minimum Deposit: $1,000

Prime Alliance Bank

APY: 5.30%Minimum Deposit: $500

Bread Financial

APY: 5.25%Minimum Deposit: $1,500

Popular Direct

APY: 5.20%Minimum Deposit: $10,000

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Erin pairs personal experience with research and is passionate about sharing personal finance advice with others. Previously, she was a freelancer focusing on the credit card side of finance, but has branched out since then to cover other aspects of personal finance. Erin is well-versed in traditional media with reporting, interviewing and research, as well as using graphic design and video and audio storytelling to share with her readers.