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Another 5-Year CD Rate Hike at Barclays

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Barclays raised its rates again on its 4-year and 5-year CD rates. It has joined the 2% club. Its 5-year CD yield increased by 10 basis points to 2.00%. Its 4-year CD rate also increased by 10 basis points. Its yield is now 1.65%. It was just over a month ago when Barclays first bumped up these long-term CD rates. Just like before, all the shorter-term CD rates and the savings account rate held steady. These rates are accurate as of 10/03/2013. Thanks to DA member cumulus for mentioning this news in the forum.

Barclays’ long-term CDs used to be great deals due to a small early withdrawal penalty (EWP). That changed in March when the EWP went up from 90 days of interest to 180 days for terms over 24 months. However, the 180-day EWP for long-term CDs is still reasonable. Also, it should be noted that this new EWP was NOT retroactive. It did not affect existing CDs.

Not all CD changes have been negative. One is a policy change regarding interest disbursement. When Barclays first started offering online CDs, it did not allow interest disbursement. Now you can receive an interest disbursement from your CD on a monthly basis. You have the option to keep interest in your CD account or transfer it to another account (either the Barclays savings account or a verified external account).

One downside with Barclays is that they do not offer IRA CDs.

When I opened a Barclays CD, the application process was simple and smooth. One of the nice features of the application is the ability to designate beneficiaries which will make an account a Payable on Death (POD) account. No social security number was required for the beneficiaries. Another nice feature of the application process was the funding. I chose an ACH transfer to fund the CD, and it went smoothly. They use a trial deposit system to verify the external account. Two small deposits will be made to the external account. No withdrawals are done. External account can be a checking or savings account. You also have the option to mail in a check to fund the CD.

Barclays Online Savings Account

Barclays also has a good deal on its online savings account. It has a competitive rate of 0.90%. Since the savings account was launched in March 2012, there has been only one rate cut. That happened on May 16, 2013 when the yield went down from 1.00% to 0.90%. The online savings account has several nice features such as no minimum balance requirement and no monthly fees. Barclays also has a nice ACH transfer system. I have more details on its ACH system in this blog post.

Bank Overview

The Barclays internet bank is part of Barclays Bank Delaware which is a FDIC member (FDIC Certificate # 57203). The bank is best known in the U.S. for partnering with companies in offering co-branded credit cards. It's part of the U.S. division of Barclays, a British multinational megabank.

Barclays Bank Delaware has an overall health score at DepositAccounts.com of A+ with a Texas ratio of 4.40% (excellent) based on June 2013 data. Please refer to our financial overview of Barclays Bank Delaware for more details. The bank has been a FDIC member since 2001.

How the Barclays 5-Year CD Rate Compares

This rate hike wasn’t enough for Barclays to take the top spot for nationally available 5-year CDs. State Bank of India - New York just took the top spot with a 2.10% APY 5-year CD. You can get a 2.22% APY at Stanford FCU which is an all-access credit union, but this requires a checking account with direct deposit and a $100K minimum deposit. iGObanking.com used to be on top for banks, but its 5-year CD yield plummeted yesterday from 2.05% to 0.35%. The above rates are accurate as of 10/03/2013.

To search for the best nationwide CD rates and the best CD rates in your state, please refer to the CD rates section of DepositAccounts.com.

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10 comments.
Comment #1 by Getrichwithme (anonymous) posted on
Getrichwithme
And bank rates are still way below the level of inflation.

Everyday you leave your money in a bank its losing value.

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Comment #3 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
The rate you quote does nut include food and fuel.  Go to the supermarket and you will see the true inflation rate

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Comment #4 by Shorebreak posted on
Shorebreak
The food index rose slightly in August, with the fruits and vegetable index rising 1.2 percent and four of the six major grocery store group indexes increasing. The energy index declined 0.3 percent, due mostly to a sharp decline in the index for natural gas. The gasoline and electricity indexes also declined slightly, while the index for fuel oil rose. The all items index increased 1.5 percent over the last 12 months. The index for all items less food and energy has risen 1.8 percent over the last year; the 12-month change has remained in the range of 1.6 percent to 2.3 percent since June of 2011. The food index rose 1.4 percent over the last 12 months, a figure that has held steady since May. The energy index declined 0.1 percent over the last 12 months.

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm

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Comment #9 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
#4  You are talking about 1 month.  You go food shopping?  I do and I constantly see the prices going up.  Also many items are now in smaller packages (Good one #6).  Tuna is now a 5 oz can.  OJ was in a 1/2 gallon container a few years ago  .. now 59oz.  Quote all you want gov't stats from Mr. O but I see the real life situation.  Also My mortage payment went up $60 a month due to higher insurance and taxes.  Oh  But that's not in the inflation rate.   Let's get real.

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Comment #5 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
"The rate you quote does nut include food and fuel.  Go to the supermarket and you will see the true inflation rate."

 

Another person only seeing exactly what they want to see without knowing actual facts.  Good post Shorebreak for at least attempting to educate the uneducated.

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Comment #6 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
In defense of what #5 just said, when I went to the grocery store to bought a pound of bacon, I got 14 oz. and paid a lot more than I did last year for it.

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Comment #7 by Lee (anonymous) posted on
Lee
problem is, what most of us spend the most on is going up more like 5%-10%.  Things like groceries, restaurants (even fast food/casual), medical care, services, utilities, real estate taxes.  Who care that TV's, furniture and clothing has been stable.  You can put off those purchases if you choose.  Not the ones that are going up a lot. My 93-year old mother is very wise.  When we go to our local convenience store, and her large coffee goes up in price a dime from $1.99 to $2.09 (5%), she looks at me and says:  "Here's your 2% annual inflation!"  And, that wasn;t the first time this year it went up. 

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Comment #8 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
To all,

Let's get realistic.  The inflation rate is calculated to be what the Government wants it to be.  Excluding certain items is nothing more than meeting their stated goals.  Meaningless!

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Comment #10 by Shorebreak posted on
Shorebreak
Nothing in the financial world is based on what you or I see in our myopic personal trips to a supermarket. I won't base the inflation rate of the country on what I paid for a pound of ground chuck at the Abertsons today. By the way, the price has not changed in two years. There will always be price fluctuations on food and fuel. That's why those items are not part of the official inflation index. I guess we have deflation in fuel since gasoline is now $3.03 per gallon where I live.

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Comment #11 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Don't complain about interest rates since your beating inflation.  

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Comment #12 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
#11 - Excellent point but the cretin will keep on banging the same drums over and over anyway. Ben would be proud. lol 

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