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CDs May Be Safest Play in Light of Fed’s Recent Announcements

February 12, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — RateWatch, a premier banking data and analytics service owned by TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) reported today that interest rates for savings products remained the same over the previous week based on data collected from over 90,000 financial institution locations.

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CD rates have generally remained unchanged at record-low levels. The Federal Reserve has continued to keep the short-term federal funds rate at a range of zero to 0.25% since late 2008. Some investment officers suggest that CDs with a higher yield than money markets can be a more attractive option for cash-equivalent investments, but others warn that savers should consider whether CDs are a favorable alternative after taxes and the rate of inflation.

“The Fed’s loose monetary policy, in part, attempts to encourage investors to move funds into riskier assets and the highly accommodative policy has made CDs a less attractive option in recent years,” says Joe Deaux, The Street’s economist. “Some investment officers see CDs as a safe play for the near term as recent announcements by the Fed’s policymaking wing suggest that some members in the central bank have argued to slow monetary easing in 2013.”

NATIONAL AVERAGE RESULTS – $10K

                                This week             Last week
                                ---------             ---------
        Money Market                      0.12                  0.12
        ------------                      ----                  ----
         1 month CD                       0.06                  0.06
         ----------                       ----                  ----
         3 month CD                       0.10                  0.10
         ----------                       ----                  ----
         6 month CD                       0.16                  0.16
         ----------                       ----                  ----
          1 year CD                       0.25                  0.25
          ---------                       ----                  ----
          2 year CD                       0.41                  0.41
          ---------                       ----                  ----
          3 year CD                       0.54                  0.54
          ---------                       ----                  ----
          4 year CD                       0.67                  0.67
          ---------                       ----                  ----
          5 year CD                       0.87                  0.87
          ---------                       ----                  ----

TOP RATE ISSUERS – $10K
This is a list of issuers with top interest rates. The issuer’s Financial Strength Rating is an independent, unbiased evaluation of quarterly regulatory statements.

    Money Market                              Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest    APY
    ------------                              ------------------------- ------------------------    ---
    Green Bank, National Association          C+                                                 500    1.000
                                              ---                                                ---    -----
    713-275-8370
    www.greenbank.com
    -----------------
    Sallie Mae Bank                           A-                                                   1    0.950
                                              ---                                                ---    -----
    801-281-1423
    www.salliemaebank.com
    ---------------------
    Ally Bank                                 B+                                                   1    0.900
                                              ---                                                ---    -----
    877-247-2559
    www.ally.com
    ------------
    1 Month CD                                Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest     APY
    ----------                                ------------------------- ------------------------     ---
    First NBC Bank                            B-                                                1000    0.510
                                              ---                                               ----    -----
    504-671-3550
    www.firstnbcbank.com
    --------------------
    Pinnacle Bank                             B-                                                 500    0.500
                                              ---                                                ---    -----
    402-529-3581
    www.pinnbank.com
    ----------------
    Carter Bank & Trust                       C+                                                2500    0.500
                                              ---                                               ----    -----
    828-325-9800
    www.carterbankandtrust.com
    --------------------------
    3 Month CD                                Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest     APY
    ----------                                ------------------------- ------------------------     ---
    Eloan.com                                 C-                                               10000    0.650
                                              ---                                              -----    -----
    888-533-5333
    www.eloan.com
    -------------
    EverBank                                  D+                                                1500    0.600
                                              ---                                               ----    -----
    888-882-3837
    www.everbank.com
    ----------------
    Beal Bank USA                             B-                                                1000    0.510
                                              ---                                               ----    -----
    702-598-3500
    www.bealbankusa.com
    -------------------
    6 Month CD                                Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest     APY
    ----------                                ------------------------- ------------------------     ---
    Doral Bank                                E+                                                 500    0.900
                                              ---                                                ---    -----
    212-584-6820
    www.doralbankny.com
    -------------------
    Beal Bank USA                             B-                                                1000    0.750
                                              ---                                               ----    -----
    702-598-3500
    www.bealbankusa.com
    -------------------
    Discover Bank                             C+                                                2500    0.750
                                              ---                                               ----    -----
    888-765-6654
    www.discoverbank.com
    --------------------
    1 Year CD                                 Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest     APY
    ---------                                 ------------------------- ------------------------     ---
    Doral Bank                                E+                                                 500    1.150
                                              ---                                                ---    -----
    212-584-6820
    www.doralbankny.com
    -------------------
    Beal Bank USA                             B-                                                1000    1.110
                                              ---                                               ----    -----
    786-347-3601
    www.bealbankusa.com
    -------------------
    Sallie Mae Bank                           A-                                                   1    1.050
                                              ---                                                ---    -----
    801-281-1423
    www.salliemaebank.com
    ---------------------
    2 Year CD                                 Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest     APY
    ---------                                 ------------------------- ------------------------     ---
    Doral Bank                                E+                                                 500    1.400
                                              ---                                                ---    -----
    212-584-6820
    www.doralbankny.com
    -------------------
    FirstBank Florida                         D+                                                1000    1.250
                                              ---                                               ----    -----
    305-740-9522
    www.firstbankfla.com
    --------------------
    First Citizens National Bank              B+                                                1000    1.200
                                              ---                                               ----    -----
    615-591-2248
    www.firstcitizens-bank.com
    --------------------------
    3 Year CD                                 Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest     APY
    ---------                                 ------------------------- ------------------------     ---
    First NBC Bank                            B-                                               10000    1.970
                                              ---                                              -----    -----
    504-671-3550
    www.firstnbcbank.com
    --------------------
    Doral Bank                                E+                                                 500    1.550
                                              ---                                                ---    -----
    212-584-6820
    www.doralbankny.com
    -------------------
    First Citizens National Bank              B+                                                1000    1.450
                                              ---                                               ----    -----
    615-591-2248
    www.firstcitizens-bank.com
    --------------------------
    4 Year CD                                 Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest     APY
    ---------                                 ------------------------- ------------------------     ---
    Institution for Savings In Newburyport    B                                                    1    1.750
                                              ---                                                ---    -----
    978-462-3106
    www.institutionforsavings.com
    -----------------------------
    Green Bank, National Association          C+                                                1000    1.700
                                              ---                                               ----    -----
    713-275-8370
    www.greenbank.com
    -----------------
    Yakima Federal Savings & Loan Association A                                                10000    1.700
                                              ---                                              -----    -----
    509-248-2634
    www.yakimafed.com
    -----------------
    5 Year CD                                 Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest     APY
    ---------                                 ------------------------- ------------------------     ---
    First NBC Bank                            B-                                               10000    2.120
                                              ---                                              -----    -----
    504-671-3550
    www.firstnbcbank.com
    --------------------
    Carter Bank & Trust                       C+                                                 100    2.020
                                              ---                                                ---    -----
    828-325-9800
    www.carterbankandtrust.com
    --------------------------
    Institution for Savings In Newburyport    B                                                    1    2.000
                                              ---                                                ---    -----
    978-462-3106
    www.institutionforsavings.com
    -----------------------------

Institutions are assigned a letter grade of A-E with “A” representing the highest rating based on a review of many aspects of financial safety including capitalization, asset quality, profitability and liquidity.

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Information is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

Data is surveyed weekly with averages calculated each Monday afternoon from RateWatch’s unbiased national interest rate survey of over 90,000 financial institution locations across the United States.

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