Broaden your portfolio with CDs & bonds
Our extensive online selection of fixed income investments can help you find certificates of deposit (CDs) or bonds that meet your financial objectives.
Are CDs right for you?
A CD is an interest-bearing certificate commonly offered by banks, savings and loans, and credit unions to raise money for their business activities. You deposit money with the issuer for a set time, and the issuer promises to repay you at a specified interest rate.
You may want to consider investing in CDs if:
- You're saving for a short-term goal, such as buying a house, in the next 2 to 5 years.
- You want a low-risk place to park cash you don't plan to use right away.
- You like the safety of knowing your investment is insured by the federal government.
- You're looking for higher yields than you'd get with bank accounts and money market funds.
Are bonds right for you?
Bonds are simply loans you make to a government, government agency, or corporation to finance projects and other needs. The bond issuer agrees to repay you at a fixed interest rate by a specified date, or maturity.
You may want to consider investing in bonds if:
- You want to focus on a specific credit quality or maturity.
- You'd like exposure to certain state or corporate issuers or to certain industries.
- You're looking for income that's free from federal, state, and local taxes, or the alternative minimum tax.
- You want to complement the mutual funds in your portfolio.
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A measure of a bond issuer's ability to repay interest and principal in a timely manner.
The date when the issuer of a certificate of deposit (CD) or bond agrees to repay the principal, or face value, to the buyer.
A federal income tax calculated separately from the regular federal income tax. It is designed to prevent taxpayers—particularly those with high incomes—from using certain deductions and credits (called tax-preference items) to pay little or no taxes.
Investments, such as bonds, that offer returns in the form of interest payments.
Certificates of Deposit that generally pay more interest than standard savings accounts.
A negotiable debt obligation issued by the U.S. government for a specific amount and maturity. Income from Treasury securities is exempt from state and local tax, but not from federal income tax. Treasury securities include Treasury bills (T-bills), Treasury notes (T-notes), and Treasury bonds (T-bonds).
A bond issued by a corporation rather than by a government. The credit risk is based on the appraised payment ability of the company that issued the bond and its willingness to pay.
Low-risk debt obligations that are issued by the United States government.