What is CD laddering?

CD laddering is a savings strategy that spreads your money across multiple CDs to maintain frequent access to cash while receiving high-yielding returns. 

How to build a CD ladder

Open your CDs at the same time with varying term lengths123.For example, a 15-month CD ladder would include 7-, 11-, and 15-month CDs.

Once your first CD matures, it either rolls into the next CD1 in the ladder or you can make a withdrawal.

With three CDs maturing at different times, you get access to your cash overtime. Or, choose to keep saving and earn even more.


The image above shoes an example CD ladder consisting of 7, 11, and 15 month CDs. Each CD is renewed with the longest CD term in the ladder to maintain the same access to funds.

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Build your CD ladder

Enter your ZIP code to explore CD rates in your area. The Annual Percentage Yield (APY)4 is based off of U.S. Bank’s CD Special and is effective currentdate

Enter an amount between $2,000 to $1,000,000.

Fill in the information, to the left, and click “Build your CD ladder”.


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3 great reasons why you should open a CD ladder

Control over your savings

CD laddering spreads your money over multiple CDs with varying terms, providing more control on when you have access to your money.

More for your money

CD laddering allows you to take advantage of higher APY rates and place your money where you find the most value.

Guaranteed returns

CDs are not affected by the stock market, meaning once your CD ladder is funded, your returns are guaranteed3.

Frequently asked questions

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  1. $1,000 minimum opening deposit for a single CD with a maximum of $250,000. $2,000 minimum opening deposit for a CD ladder comprised of at least 2 CDs up to a maximum of $1,250,000 for up to 5 CDs.

  2. Offer good for the initial term only. CD is automatically renewed for the same term. The rate is determined based on the published rate for the CD, excluding CD Specials, that is closest to but not exceeding the term of the CD. Advertised rate and APY are offered at the bank's discretion and may change daily.

  3. Annual Percentage Yield (APY) assumes principal and interest remain on deposit for the term of the certificate. All interest payments for the APY will be made at the end of the term or annually, whichever occurs first. Penalty will be imposed for early withdrawal. Fees could reduce earning on the account.

  4. Online application is not valid for single maturity CDs, business or retirement CDs, brokerage deposits, institutional investors, public funds or in conjunction with other promotional offers.

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