The Federal Reserve plays an important role in the U.S. payments system. The twelve Federal Reserve Banks provide banking services to depository institutions and to the federal government. For depository institutions, they maintain accounts and provide various payment services, including collecting checks, electronically transferring funds, and distributing and receiving currency and coin. For the federal
There are few banks today that don’t have an online presence. Almost all banks have recognized the simplicity and cost advantages of online banking and have begun offering some form of online banking and online bill pay to their customers. As these services evolve, online banking becomes increasingly easier to use and as
Banks are places that take your money, keep it safe and let you use a debit card or checks to take care of day-to-day purchases. A depository for your day-to-day funds and short-term savings is the main features most consumers use the local bank for. And there is a good likelihood that your
T-Bills, T-Notes, and T-Bonds are three forms of bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury.
The Treasury issues these bonds in order to raise money for the operations of the government of the United States. Since the U.S. federal government is the issuer of these bonds, they are some of the safest investments you can find.
CD interest rates were once again little changed over the past week. The best CD rates available nationally descended lower by a very small magnitude for the week ending July 22, 2011. The Selectcdrates.com CD rate index slipped by less than one basis point or 1/100th of a percent by week’s end. The CD rate
Do you dream of buying that first home, a cottage on a lake, sending your kids to college – or all of these? Unless you have a rich relative who will leave you lots of money, the only way to achieve your financial goals in life is to set aside savings on a regular
Bank CD interest rates moved slightly higher at the end of the holiday shortened, first week of July. Long term rates led the move to the upside with shorter term CDs holding stable over the week. The rise in CD rates was instigated by the robust monthly jobs report released on Friday, July 5th which
CD interest rates made a modest move to upside for the last week of March. The SelectCDrates.com CD rate index ticked up by 6/1000ths of percent or .006 percent to end the month on March 28th, 2013. The index closed the week with an average rate of 1.010 percent which compares to the prior week’s
CD rates remained relatively stable in the most recent survey of the top national CD rates. The average CD rate, as measured by the rates on the best three month, six month, one year, two year and five year CD rates, was unchanged from the previous week. The Selectcdrates.com weekly CD rate survey showed the
In the most recent survey of bank CD rates conducted by Selectcdrates.com, CD rates slumped slightly compounding last week’s similar dip. The average yield on the Selectcdrates.com CD rate index moved down to 1.081 percent from an average rate of 1.087 percent found in the previous rate survey. The Selectcdrates.com index covers the top ten
Banks, like credit cards and brokers before them, are hoping their customers stay safely unaware of what the financial industry actually entails. Fortunately for banks, most customers are living up to the industries very low expectations. The vast majority of banks, especially those with large downtown offices and football stadiums, don’t operate with
CD interest rates made another mild retreat over the past week. The minor rate reduction comes on the heels of a rate drop of similar proportions that took place in the previous week. On the face of it, the interest rate reductions may not seem like a whole lot, but when CD rates are holding
If you’re a wise financial consumer, you have money in three places – your checking account to pay bills, your intermediate savings account for short-term goals and emergencies, and your long-term portfolio for retirement and other savings goals longer than five years. Your checking account should be minimal with only enough cushion to prevent
CD interest rates pulled off a small increase in yield for the week ending June 15, 2012. The average yield coming from the top ten highest CD rates in the Selectcdrates.com CD rate index increased by 4/1000ths of a percent for the week. The CD rates index averages the ten highest CD rates available nationally
CD interest rates moved lower yet again. For CD investors, fortunately, the news wasn’t all bad. While Treasury rates and mortgage rates have dropped precipitously over the past two weeks, the best CD interest rates available nationally have dropped only modestly.
The average rate for the top ten best CD rates across all maturities measured in