How Can a CD Help Me With Upcoming Expenses?

Learn how a CD can help you with upcoming expenses

Learn why CDs are a safe and secure way to save.

A certificate of deposit or CD is a safe and secure short-term investment. You'll see a return on your money without any of the risks involved with long-term investments such as stocks, and it's federally insured against loss. 

A CD can let you save for expected purchases or emergency needs while earning higher interest than a savings account. Say you're planning to buy a car or need a down payment on a home in six months or a year. Purchase a CD that matures in that time and you'll have the money plus interest exactly when you need it. 

When you buy a CD, you're required to keep that money in the account for the specified period you choose. That could be anywhere from a few months to five years or more. The longer the term, the higher the interest you earn. If you withdraw the money early, you'll have to pay a penalty, but the funds are liquid. In an emergency you'll have your cash in hand quickly. 

Your interest earnings can be spent right away, but the better option is to reinvest it. Through compound interest, the CD's value grows faster over time. Unless you choose to be paid, the interest is rolled over automatically. 

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