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Establishing a Long Term Savings Plan with a CD Ladder

If you’re looking for a safe way to accelerate your long-term savings, the CD Ladder with an Extend renewal option is ideal. Perhaps you’re thinking about your retirement savings strategy. You want to earn more than regular savings accounts offer, but don’t want your money tied up in case rates increases or have an unexpected need arise. The CD Ladder offers many options that can help you make the most of this situation.

For example, Dollar Bank can open three CDs for you with terms of 12, 24 and 36 months. Each of these CDs will earn interest at its current rate, creating a blended rate that is higher than the shortest CD in your ladder. So, you start earning more on your entire balance from the very first day your CD Ladder is open.

Following is a timeline of the 3/12 CD Ladder with an Extend renewal option.

Please note: rates shown below are examples only. Click here for our current CD rates

1.00% APY 1.50% APY 2.00% APY Bracket Blended rate* 1.50%
  12 months 24 months 36 months
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2.00% APY   Bracket Blended rate* 1.83%
  36 months Hourglass with 12 months remaining Hourglass with 24 months remaining
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2.00% APY   Bracket Blended rate*2.00%
  Hourglass with 24 months remaining 36 months Hourglass with 12 months remaining
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  2.00% APY  
  Hourglass with 12 months remaining Hourglass with 24 months remaining 36 months
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  At this point the full benefits of your CD Ladder will continue providing high returns as well as access to your savings every 12 months.

 

One year after your purchase date (), your 12 month CD will mature. If you choose, we will automatically reinvest this CD into a 36-month CD. You may benefit from an APY that is likely to be higher than the current 12-month rate at that time and, as illustrated in the example above, this higher rate could immediately increase the blended rate on your total balance in all three CDs. Your remaining CDs have 12 months and 24 months remaining until maturity.

After the second year (), your 24-month CD will mature. We will automatically reinvest this CD into a 36-month CD also. Again you may benefit from an APY that is likely to be higher than the current 24-month rate and as shown, this higher rate could immediately increase the blended rate earned on your total balance in all three CDs. One of your CDs will mature every 12 months and all three CDs are now at higher rates associated with 36-month CDs.

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