Economic Definition of certificate of deposit. Defined.
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Term certificate of deposit Definition: A type of savings account, commonly termed CDs, maintained by banks and other depository institutions that pays higher interest rates that normal savings accounts, but requires the funds not be withdrawn for a specified time period. Small denomination CDs (under $100,000) are a component of the M2 monetary aggregate. Larger denomination CDs (over $100,000) are a component of the M3 monetary aggregate.