[Update December 2021: Bank of America has yet to change their CD rates in 2021 as the year comes to a close. The APY remains a flat 0.05% for their “featured CDs” and 0.03% APY for “standard CDs.” This is true for all terms and deposit amounts. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Bank of America’s CD rates tick upwards at some point next year though, as the FED tapers its asset purchases and rates slowly begin to rise.]
Bank of America hardly needs any introduction. They’re the second largest bank in the United States by assets, with over $2.61 trillion in total and they are the third largest bank in the country by branch locations with roughly 4,559 across all 50 states.
That said, their savings rates – both fixed and variable – leave much to be desired and lag the current national average(s) for their respective terms by considerable margins.
This isn’t unique to Bank of America though, as all the big banks at the moment offer abysmal rates to savers. Both Citibank and Chase Bank have kept their savings rates significantly under the national averages for all of 2020.
For those considering opening a fixed-rate, certificate of deposit with Bank of America continue reading our full review below.
Bank of America CD Rates + Account Details
Bank of America CDs are federally insured by the FDIC up to the applicable limits. These are $250,000 per depositor or $500,000 on joint accounts.
The Featured CDs come with a higher minimum deposit requirement of $10,000 compared to just $1,000 for the Standard CDs. Bank of America’s Featured CDs also offer five oddball terms to choose from. These are:
- 7 months
- 10 months
- 13 months
- 25 months
- 37 months
Bank of America Featured CD Rates
To put these yields in perspective the current national average for a 12 month CD and a 60 month CD sits at 0.22% APY and 0.47% APY, respectively. There are also several nationally available credit unions with CD rates still above the 1.0% APY mark for longer terms.
Their Standard CDs have much more flexible terms ranging from 1 month to 10 years (120 months). Consumers may choose the exact number of months within that range. Current rates, however, are flat across the board for all terms.
Bank of America Standard CD Rates
|1 month (28 days)||0.03%|
Interest is compounded and credited monthly on both featured and standard CDs.
In normal interest rate environments two variables may affect the overall APY (annual percentage yield) applied to your CD from Bank of America. These are:
- Your Location
- Your Deposit Amount
While these variables do not change your rate at the moment, Bank of America still requires you to select these before disclosing the yields they offer on their website.
Your location is determined by the zip code you reside in and the deposit amount is broken up into four ranges for the Featured CDs and three ranges for Standard CDs. For Featured CDs, the deposit ranges are:
- Less than $10,000
- $10,000 to $100,000
- $100,000 – $1m
- $1m +
For all of Bank of America’s Standard CDs the deposit ranges are:
- Less than $10,000
- $10,000 to $100,000
- $100,000 +
Early Withdrawal Penalties
Bank of America’s early withdrawal penalties vary by length of the term of the deposit. Below is a breakdown of what you can expect to pay if you need to make an early withdrawal to your CD. You should note that for CDs with terms of 60 months (5 years) or greater, fees can potentially add up to more than the overall interest earned if withdrawals happen often enough.
|90 days or less||7 days’ interest|
|90 days – 12 months||90 days’ interest|
|12 months – 60 months||180 day’s interest|
|60 months +||365 days’ interest|
The interest penalties above are applied to the amount withdrawn.
The grace period is the brief window of time after your CD matures and before it gets renewed in which you have the ability to add or withdraw funds penalty free.
Bank of America’s grace period is slightly lower than the standard 10 days at just 7 days.
Bank of America’s CDs also automatically renew, so if nothing is done within this 7 day period your CD will automatically renew with the same terms and whatever the current APY happens to be at that time.
Bank of America will send you reminders leading up to the grace period of your deposit but be sure to set up your own notifications as well.
While banking with large institutions such as Bank of America has its advantages such as easy in-person branch access, vast network of ATMs, and a wide range of financial products, their current CD rates are simply not competitive at this time.
In normal interest rate environments having both featured CDs with higher APYs and standard CDs with customizable term lengths is a major advantage, however Bank of America’s current yields make these standout features inconsequential today.
If you’re after a high yield CD, a nationally available credit union or online bank is going to be able to provide you with much better rates.