Ask the Dolans: Can I trust a bank offering high interest rates?


Ken and Daria Dolan, America's First Family of Personal Finance, answer your money questions every Friday.

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Shopping around for a high interest rate on savings vehicles these days is near impossible ... and when you do find one, it's easy to get a little suspicious. How are some banks able to offer higher rates on savings accounts and CDs than others? And can you trust them enough to invest your money?

Let's take a look at how to determine if these offers are legitimate or a risk you don't want to be taking.

Dear Ken and Daria,

I was offered a CD at a local bank with a high interest rate. Is it safe to take advantage of it?


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