Establishing a Long Term Savings Plan with a CD LadderLooking for a safe way to accelerate your long-term savings? Perhaps you're thinking about your retirement savings strategy. You want to earn more than regular savings accounts offer, but don't want your money tied up in case rates increase or an unexpected need arises. The CD Ladder offers many options that can help you make the most of this situation.For example, Dollar Bank can open three CDs for you with terms of 12, 24 and 36 months. Each of these CDs will earn interest at its current rate, creating a blended rate that is higher than the shortest CD in your ladder. So you start earning more on your entire balance from the very first day your CD Ladder is open.Following is a timeline of the 3/12 CD Ladder with an Extend renewal option.Please note: rates shown below are examples only. For our current rates, click Today's Rates on the right-hand side. January 2015 1.00% APY 1.50% APY 2.00% APY Blended rate*1.50% 12 months 24 months 36 months January 2016 2.00% APY Blended rate*1.83% 36 months with12 monthsremaining with24 monthsremaining January 2017 2.00% APY Blended rate*2.00% with24 monthsremaining 36 months with12 monthsremaining January 2018 2.00% APY with12 monthsremaining with24 monthsremaining 36 months At this point the full benefits of your CD Ladder will continue providing high returns as well as access to your savings every 12 months. One year after your purchase date (January 2015), your 12 month CD will mature. If you choose, we will automatically reinvest this CD into a 36-month CD. You may benefit from an APY that is likely to be higher than the current 12-month rate at that time and, as illustrated in the example above, this higher rate could immediately increase the blended rate on your total balance in all three CDs. Your remaining CDs have 12 months and 24 months remaining until maturity.After the second year (January 2016), your 24-month CD will mature. We will automatically reinvest this CD into a 36-month CD also. Again you may benefit from an APY that is likely to be higher than the current 24-month rate and as shown, this higher rate could immediately increase the blended rate earned on your total balance in all three CDs. One of your CDs will mature every 12 months and all three CDs are now at higher rates associated with 36-month CDs. Click here to see account and fee information Short Term CD Ladder Example CD Ladder FAQs CD Ladder Calculator Other CD Options: Traditional Term CD Relationship CD Rising Rate CD CD Ladder Bump-Up CD Three Month No Penalty CD Flex CD *Blended Rate: This is the weighted average interest rate of each of the individual certificates in your CD Ladder for the next liquidity period. Over time, as interest earnings are credited to your individual CDs or you increase or decrease the amount of an individual CD that is renewing, the blended rate you are earning will be updated to reflect these changes. The rates and terms shown are for purposes of example only and do not reflect actual rates and terms offered by Dollar Bank. The example assumes rates remain constant, however actual rates may vary substantially over time.