Compare rates on 4 year CDs from banks and credit unions. Use the filter box below to customize your results. You can also use our Early Withdrawal Penalty Calculator to compare a 4-year CD rate to the effective APY of a CD with a longer term and higher rate that is broken at the 4-year mark. Click here to read more about features and tips related to 4-year CDs.
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4-Year CD Rates
CDs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The 4-year CD, or 48 month share certificate as it is sometimes called, is a longer term time deposit that provides a safe alternative to other market investments while issuing a decent return on principal. Opening a CD with a bank or credit union is typically an easy process and can be done via the institutions’ online banking platform.
4-Year CD Rate History – Average APY (%) Rate Trend over Time
What is a CD?
A CD, or certificate of deposit, is a deposit made to a financial institution for a specified, and agreed upon, period of time. CDs are illiquid and non-transactional accounts that come with rules governing their behavior and how they can be used. Early withdrawal penalties can eat a large percentage of interest earned by a CD, so it is best to make sure that you won’t be needing your deposit back until the CD’s maturity date.
The Barbell Strategy
A savvy investing strategy is Barbell investing. By opening several short term CDs as well as several long term CDs, you can take advantage of high interest rates while avoiding a drop-off in interest with the medium-term CDs. Because you will have short-term CDs maturing soon, you will be able to take advantage of medium-term CDs when their interest rates increase. 4-Year CDs would be on the “heavy” end of your barbell because they generally offer a high yield compared to that being offered by CDs on the other end.
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The rates for some products vary by region. In these cases we have listed the rates for the region closest to the bank's headquarters.