The email introduced a new product – a “Breakable” Certificate of Deposit. With this product, you can put your money in a Certificate of Deposit and receive one penalty free withdrawal for the term of the deposit.
I must admit, prior to learning about Betterment, I was a champion Certificate-of-Deposit-saver. Back then (i.e. 3 months ago!), CDs were an easy way to “invest” my money. Now, I can’t wait for these CDs to be up so that I can put that money in my Betterment account!
Still intrigued by the email, I clicked through to learn more. The fine print:
- Minimum Balance to Open: $10,000
- Annual Percentage Yield: 0.25%
So, if I put $10,000 into a Breakable Certificate of Deposit, I would see a return of $25 for 1 year. That doesn’t really sound like my money is “working” very hard for me.
Seems like this “Breakable” Certificate of Deposit is … Broken!
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