Savings account rates are high. Here’s how to take advantage of them.

High interest rates mean your money can work harder for you. 

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High interest rates aren’t usually considered good news. They make goods and service across the board pricier while simultaneously lowering the dollar’s purchasing power. However, there is one way they can help you: by boosting your savings rate.

Some deposit accounts offer higher rates than others, enabling your savings to grow faster. In this article, we take a look at two of them to help you get the most from today’s high-interest-rate environment.

View today’s savings rates to see how much more you could earn.

How to take advantage of high savings rates

High interest rates help your money work harder for you. Here’s how to capitalize on today’s high rates and boost your savings.

A high-yield savings account

If you have a regular savings account, you’re missing out on extra money — especially when interest rates are high. High-yield savings accounts can earn up to 10 to 15 times more interest than regular savings accounts, plus they often come with perks like low or no fees.

All savings accounts are protected if they’re provided by an FDIC-insured bank or NCUA-insured credit union. This means your money is safe up to $250,000 per account per institution should the bank or credit union fail.

To see which high-yield accounts offer the best rates today, compare your options here.

A certificate of deposit (CD)

Another option for earning higher interest on your savings is with a certificate of deposit (CD). A CD is a type of account with a fixed interest rate and a fixed term. The interest rates on CDs can be higher than regular savings accounts, but you must be able to afford to lock your money up for a set period of time (ranging from a few months to several years).

You can access CD funds in the event of a true emergency, but you’ll pay a penalty — usually a portion of your earned interest. Still, the payoff can be worth it if you have the patience to wait for the entire CD term. Plus, you can always ladder several CDs with different terms to ensure regular access to your cash at optimal interest rates.

As a type of savings account, CDs are protected by federal deposit insurance as long as they’re provided by an FDIC-insured bank or NCUA-insured credit union.

Check out current CD rates online now!

Both accounts

You could also maximize your earnings and ensure regular access to your cash by opening both a CD and a high-yield savings account. With interest rates where they are today, the more savings you have, the more interest you can earn.

The bottom line

High interest rates can cost you in many areas of your financial life. One way to get some good out of them is to harness the power of high APYs with an interest-bearing deposit account like a high-yield savings account or certificate of deposit (or both). Which option is best for you depends on your individual savings goals and liquidity needs.

Don’t wait — maximize your earnings by exploring your options today!

This post was originally published on CBS News

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