CD laddering, as our subsidiary MagnifyMoney explains, is a great strategy to allow you to have frequent access to your money for reinvestment while still using long-term CDs as an investment strategy. If you have $1,000 to invest, it may look something like this:
Three-month CD: $250
Six-month CD: $250
Nine-month CD: $250
12-month CD: $250
When the CDs come to maturity, you could continue to reinvest at the current term or go with a longer term, for example, one year. Because of the staggered start times, you’ll have CDs coming to maturity every three months. You’ll usually earn higher rates from your longer-term CDs. However, you’ll still have frequent access to your funds as they mature in your shorter-term investments.