What to Do When Your CD Matures

March 1, 2024 by Partner Colorado Credit Union

When a Certificate of Deposit (CD) matures, it's important to consider your options to make the most of your investment. A CD is a type of savings account that typically offers higher interest rates than regular savings accounts, but with the trade-off of locking in your funds for a fixed period, known as the term or maturity period.

Once your CD reaches the maturity period, you can withdraw the funds you put in, in addition to the interest you’ve earned while it was in the CD. Here are some options for what you can do with your CD money when it matures.

Review the Terms

The first step is to understand the terms of your CD. Take note of the maturity date, the initial deposit amount, the interest rate, and any penalties for early withdrawal. This information will help guide your decision-making process.

Consider Your Financial Goals

Think about your current financial situation and goals. Are you in need of immediate cash, or are you looking to continue growing your savings? Understanding your objectives will help you determine the best course of action.

Explore Renewal Options

Many credit unions offer the option to automatically renew your CD upon maturity. If you're satisfied with the current interest rates being offered, renewing your CD can be a simple way to continue earning interest on your savings. However, make sure to review the new terms and rates before agreeing to a renewal.

Evaluate Your Investment Strategy

Depending on your investment strategy and risk tolerance, you may decide to put your money elsewhere once your CD matures. If you're seeking higher returns, you might consider investing in stocks, bonds, or other investment vehicles. However, keep in mind these options carry higher risks compared to a CD.

Withdraw Your Funds

If you need cash for certain expenses, you can simply choose to withdraw the money from your matured CD and use it how you need. However, it’s best to wait to make a withdrawal until your CD has reached its maturity date. Most of the time, if you make a withdrawal before the maturity date, you may have to pay early withdrawal penalties, which can eat into your earnings. Typically, the penalty is a certain number of months' worth of interest, but it varies depending on the institution and the CD's terms.

Reinvest in a Different CD Term

Another option is to reinvest your funds in a CD with a different term length. For example, if your previous CD had a one-year term, you could opt for a longer or shorter term based on your preferences and financial goals. Keep in mind, longer-term CDs often offer higher interest rates, but you'll have to wait longer to access your funds without penalty.

Consult with a Financial Advisor

If you're unsure about the best course of action, consider seeking advice from a financial advisor. An advisor can help assess your financial situation, goals, and risk tolerance to develop a personalized investment strategy. They can also provide insights into current market conditions and opportunities. You can also talk with a representative at your credit union. They’ll be able to provide more detailed information about your options.

Stay Informed

Keep yourself informed about economic trends, interest rate movements, and changes in the financial landscape. This knowledge can help you make informed decisions about your investments and take advantage of opportunities as they come up. When your CD matures, take the time to review your options and consider your financial goals. Whether you choose to renew your CD or explore other investment opportunities, make sure to make an informed decision that aligns with your financial objectives and risk tolerance.