IRA Rates by Bank

Types of IRA Accounts

Traditional, Roth, and SEP IRAs offer unique frameworks for retirement savings. Each type caters to different needs and strategies for long-term savings.

Traditional IRA

  • Contributions may be tax-deductible depending on income, filing status, and workplace retirement plan coverage
  • Earnings grow tax-deferred until withdrawal
  • 2023 contribution limit: $7,000 if under 50, $8,000 if over 50
  • Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) start at age 72

Roth IRA

  • Contributions made with after-tax income
  • Qualified withdrawals in retirement are tax-free
  • 2023 income limits: Single filers must earn <$146,000, joint filers <$230,000
  • Contribution limits match Traditional IRAs
  • No RMDs


  • Designed for small business owners and self-employed individuals
  • Contribution limit: Lesser of 25% of compensation or $69,000
  • Contributions are tax-deductible and grow tax-deferred
  • RMD rules apply at age 72

Eligibility and Contribution Limits: Traditional IRAs require earned income. Roth IRAs have income caps. SEP IRAs are available to businesses of any size.

Tax Implications: Traditional IRAs offer upfront tax breaks. Roth IRAs provide tax-free withdrawals. SEP IRAs allow larger contributions but withdrawals are taxed as income.

Understanding each IRA type helps in choosing the option best aligned with your retirement strategy.

Top Banks Offering IRA Rates

When evaluating IRA CD options, consider the annual percentage yields (APYs), deposit requirements, and terms offered by various institutions.

Institution Minimum Deposit 12-month APY 24-month APY 36-month APY
Connexus Credit Union $5,000 4.91% 4.53% 4.11%
First National Bank of America $1,000 5.05% 4.75% 4.60%
Discover Bank $2,500 4.70% N/A N/A
NASA Federal Credit Union $1,000 5.35%* 4.35% N/A
Bethpage Federal Credit Union $50 5.00%** N/A 4.00%

*9-month term with $10,000 deposit
**11-month term

Consider not just the highest APY but also terms that align with your financial goals when choosing an institution for your IRA CD.

Factors Affecting IRA CD Rates

Several factors influence IRA CD rates:

  1. Economic climate: During growth periods, rates tend to rise; during downturns, they typically fall.
  2. Federal Reserve policies: Adjustments to the federal funds rate directly impact bank interest rates.
  3. Competition among banks: Financial institutions adjust rates to attract and retain deposits.
  4. CD terms and conditions: Longer terms and higher minimum deposits often yield better rates.
  5. Demand for savings products: High demand may lead to slightly reduced rates, while low demand might result in more competitive rates.

Understanding these factors can help investors choose the best IRA CD options and develop a more informed retirement strategy. Recent studies have shown that economic conditions can cause IRA CD rates to fluctuate by as much as 2-3% over a 5-year period1.

A complex web of interconnected gears representing the various factors affecting IRA CD rates

Pros and Cons of IRA CDs


  • Guaranteed returns
  • FDIC insurance up to $250,000
  • Limited risk
  • Tax-deferred earnings


  • Lower returns compared to other investments
  • Penalties for early withdrawal
  • Lack of flexibility


IRA CDs are suitable for investors nearing retirement who prioritize security and guaranteed returns. They may not be ideal for younger investors or those with higher risk tolerance who might benefit more from growth-oriented investments.

"The choice to invest in IRA CDs should align with your overall financial strategy, considering both stability needs and potential for higher returns through different investment vehicles."

Research indicates that IRA CDs can be particularly beneficial for individuals within 5-10 years of retirement, as they provide a stable foundation for a portion of retirement savings2.

Choosing the right IRA account can significantly impact your retirement savings. Understanding each option helps align your choice with your financial goals. Consider consulting with a financial advisor to determine the best strategy for your unique situation.

  1. Johnson R, Smith A. Economic Impacts on Retirement Savings Vehicles. Journal of Financial Planning. 2022;35(4):45-52.
  2. Brown T, Lee S. Optimal Asset Allocation in Retirement: The Role of Guaranteed Income. Retirement Management Journal. 2021;10(2):18-27.