When it comes to investing, there are a lot of options out there. You can put your money into stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, and more. But with so many choices, it can be hard to know where to start. Today, we're going to take a look at one potential investment option: the CD. CDs, or certificates of deposit, are a type of savings account offered by banks and credit unions. They typically offer higher interest rates than regular savings accounts, making them a great option for people who want to grow their money. Read on to learn more about CDs and why you should consider investing in one.
What is a CD?
A CD is a certificate of deposit that you can get from a bank or credit union. When you open a CD account, you agree to leave your money in the account for a set period, typically anywhere from six months to five years. In exchange for keeping your money in the account for the agreed-upon amount of time, the bank or credit union will offer you a higher interest rate than you would earn on a regular savings account.
Why invest in a CD?
There are several reasons why you might want to invest in a CD. First of all, as we mentioned before, CDs typically offer higher interest rates than regular savings accounts. This means that your money will grow faster in a CD than it would in a savings account. Additionally, CDs are low-risk investments. This means that you're unlikely to lose any money by investing in a CD. Finally, CDs are FDIC-insured up to $250,000 per depositor, per institution, which means that your money is safe even if the bank or credit union goes out of business.
How to choose the right CD for you
Now that you know what a CD is and why you should invest in one, it's time to learn how to choose the right CD for you. The first thing you'll need to do is decide how much money you want to invest and for how long. Once you've done that, you can start shopping around for the best interest rates. Keep in mind that longer-term CDs typically offer higher interest rates than shorter-term CDs, so if you're looking for maximum growth potential, you'll want to choose a longer-term CD.
Investing can be confusing and overwhelming—there are just so many options! But if you're looking for a safe investment with decent returns, then a CD might be right for you. Be sure to shop around for the best interest rates and read the fine print before opening an account so that you know what you're getting yourself into. And remember: when it comes to investing, slow and steady wins the race!
At Priority Trust Credit Union we are currently offering CDs with rates up to 4.20% APY with flexible terms from 6 months up to 5 years. Open your account by visiting any one of our 6 locations around the Greater Houston Area or call us at (713) 970-6200 for more information.
*APY=Annual Percentage Yield. $1,000 minimum opening balance. There is a penalty for early withdrawal of funds. Interest is paid monthly. At maturity, CD will automatically renew at the current CD rate.