Unlocking Your Savings Potential: Exploring High-Yield Certificates

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Do you have financial goals you would like to achieve faster, like saving for a down payment on a house? High-yield certificates could be a great option to streamline how quickly you can reach them. Another benefit is that high-yield certificates are a safe and secure way to invest your money. 

At Camino Federal Credit Union, we have been serving the Montebello community since 1941 with financial products tailored to each member’s situation and goals. Learn how high-interest certificates could maximize your savings and make your finances shine.

What Are High-Yield Certificates?

High-yield certificates are high-interest certificate accounts that earn more interest at a fixed rate than a traditional savings account. When you open a Certificate, it holds a fixed amount of money for a set period and offers a guaranteed return at the term’s end. 

A good rule of thumb to understand how Certificates work is that usually the longer the term, the greater the return. Once your high-interest certificate has matured, you will have several options regarding what you want to do with your earnings. 

What Are the Benefits of High-Yield Certificates?

High-yield certificates are a risk-free investing option that could be a great product for those who want a known return and do not want to deal with the fluctuations of the equity market. 

These financial products offer several advantages to members. From guaranteed growth to flexible terms, there are plenty of benefits these financial products offer to Camino members. Let’s get into the top reasons to open one of these certificates.

Guaranteed Growth at a Fixed Rate

One great benefit that high-yield certificates offer members is the ability to enjoy guaranteed growth at a fixed rate over the length of the certificate as long as you do not withdraw before your term ends. 

These certificates are a safe investment because, no matter what is happening in the financial world, your finances will grow at the interest rate you’re assured of according to your terms. Often, the longer the term length, the more your money will continue to grow. 

Greater Dividends and Earnings than Regular Savings

The rate of return you stand to gain from high-yield certificates is a great benefit of using this financial product. With these certificates, you could  enjoy a higher dividend rate guaranteed over your certificate’s term, which maximizes your earning potential. 

After depositing the money and selecting the term and rate, your investment will grow and will typically earn greater dividends than a regular savings account. 

Federal Insurance Backed by NCUA up to $250,000

Security is one feature of a high-yield certificate that makes this product a great investment. Not only will you enjoy a guaranteed return on your investment, but it is also insured for up to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). 

This insurance means that high-yield certificate accounts are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government, so you don’t have to worry about losing the money you’ve invested. This confidence and peace of mind is a rarity among investments. 

Flexible, Favorable Terms

Another benefit of this financial product is that it comes with multiple term options, so you can pick a term that makes the most sense for your financial situation. These options can accommodate short- and long-term investing goals.

Whether you are saving for a major purchase or seeking to build an emergency fund, with flexible terms ranging between a few months to a few years, you can tailor your share certificate account to your unique needs.

Before opening an account, it is important to realistically determine how soon you will need to access the money to avoid penalization. 

The longer your funds stay in a certificate, the higher the return you will earn.

Also, these terms are fixed, which could be a benefit to some members because you will know how much you will receive when your term ends.

Lower Deposit Requirements than Most Investments 

Typically, with investments, you have to make a significant initial deposit. But with high-yield certificates, you can start earning returns with a lower deposit. 

This low deposit requirement could make these certificates both a great entry point into investing and a wonderful way to diversify your portfolio. 

However, a low initial deposit could enable  you to grow and reinvest your money to continue accruing dividends as part of a long-term strategy called laddering. Laddering is a strategy that helps you capitalize on rate changes. 

With this strategy, you divide your money among several certificates, each with an increasingly longer term. Laddering certificates could make funds available when you need them and maximize earnings with each deposit. 

How to Choose the Right High-Yield Certificate

When choosing a high-yield certificate, there are several factors to consider. First, consider term length. Do you want a short-term investment or a longer commitment? 

Ensure the term aligns with your personal financial goals and how long you can wait for the return on this investment. Also, consider the rate available. Part of this process should be defining your short-term and long-term financial goals. 

Like most financial products, the rate can vary with each financial institution. Getting the best interest rate will ensure you get the best return on your investment. This part should also include reading the fine print and understanding any fees or conditions.

Do You Want to Unlock Your Savings Potential? Open a High-Yield Certificate Account to Maximize Your Savings Today!

High-yield certificates are financial products that could help make the most of your savings through risk-free investing, guaranteed returns, and higher yields than traditional savings accounts. Do you want to reach your financial goals faster and watch your savings grow? Open a high-yield certificate account to get started!

Please call us at 800-835-3400 to speak with one of our Member Advisors, or visit our Contact Us page for more information about opening an account.