Earlier this week, ING Direct announced a new promotion aimed at generating more deposits. Dubbed the “Added Value” CD, they are offering a 12 month CD that pays a 0.15% premium over and above their standard rate. As of right now, that means you’ll get 2.25% APY vs. the standard 2.10% APY.
The catch here is that you have to fund the CD with “new money” that is transferred in from elsewhere. And before you try to get clever and circumvent the rules, keep in mind that they are defining “new money” as deposits over and above your balance as of October 7th, 2009.
In other words… You can’t qualify by simply transferring your money out and then back in. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a safe place to park you cash for the next year or so, you could do a lot worse than 2.25% APY at a bank like ING Direct. In fact, this ranks amongst the highest 12 month CD rates that are currently available.