How do I Purchase a Certificate of Deposit?
Tips to help you purchase the Certificate of Deposit that will benefit you the most.
All banks and financial institutions offer certificates of deposit. Go to your bank and tell them you would like to purchase a certificate of deposit. You will be shown the different options, dollar amounts, and interest rates that are available.
You decide the dollar amount and how long you want to allow the bank to use your money. The length of time the deposits are held are set by the bank. This can be six months, or a year or more.
Interest rates are also set by the bank, so you may want to check with other banks and do some comparison shopping. You’ll want to purchase the certificate of deposit that offers the highest rate of interest. This will create monthly cash flow if you choose to have the interest placed in your regular checking or savings account. You can also simply let the interest accumulate giving you a larger amount of money on the maturity date. It can be rolled over or used to purchase another CD.
Researching CD Rates
Do research online to find out what the current interest rates are. Visit the websites of several banks. If they don’t offer the information online, then get their contact information and make a few phone calls.
Withdrawing Your Funds From The Certificate of Deposit
Withdrawing your funds from the bank before the date the certificate of deposit reaches maturity can result in large fees that will be deducted from the amount of the deposit.
Notifying the Bank of Your Intent to Withdraw
Most banks require written notice of your intent to withdraw funds. This is not much different than writing out a check or a deposit ticket. In reality, you would not walk into a bank and ask for ten thousand dollars without letting the bank know ahead of time.
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