by Sandy Drew, Special Operations Manager
Certificate laddering is a way you can take advantage of the higher rates that come with our long term certificates and still have access to your money each year. “Laddering” means purchasing several share certificates at once for different terms.
How do you get started?
Start by purchasing several share certificates at one time, beginning with a 12-month term. Each time a share certificate matures you roll it over into a new share certificate with a longer term and higher rate. To make it convenient, we’ve created a new feature that automatically rolls over into our 60-month certificate, so you truly can set it and forget it while your money continuously grows.
For example, if you have $50,000 to invest to start, you can purchase five $10,000 savings certificates:
- 12-month term certificate
- 24-month term certificate
- 36-month term certificate
- 48-month term certificate
- 60-month term certificate
When the 12-month certificate matures, renew with a 60-month term, and do the same with the 24, and 36, 48 and 60 month share certificates.
In four years you will have five 60-month share certificates maturing every year. That way, you have access to cash every year, but you get to take advantage of higher dividend rates associated with our 60-month share certificate.
You can customize your certificate ladder with different terms or different amounts to best meet your financial goals.
If you haven’t tried a certificate laddering, now is a great time to start. We are raising the certificate rate by 10 basis points when you ladder an IRA certificate.
To start laddering share certificates, stop by a branch or call us at 910.577.7333 or 800.225.3967.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss Out On Certificate Laddering
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