POD CD:A Guide to the Payable on Death CD Option

The payable on death CD option (POD CD), or transfer on death, is a good choice for those who would like to specifically designate a beneficiary for their certificate of deposit account. The payable on death option is very common for CDs, but many people still have questions as matters relating to death and inheritance can sometimes be confusing. We’ve put together this quick guide to help you understand everything you need to know about the payable on death CD.

Payable on Death CD Basics

Many people will put aside money, often into CDs, in order to benefit another person when they die. The payable-on-death CD option is pretty much what you think it is. When you buy a CD, you have the option to stipulate that the CD be payable on your death. That means that the ownership of the CD will automatically transfer to the beneficiary.

If you elect to make your CD payable on death, you have total control over the CD for as long as you live. You can change the name of the beneficiary if you like, or sell the CD on your own.

The POD CD option is a common one, but its details can vary from state to state. Before you get a CD with the payable on death CD option, be sure to consult with a financial advisor if you have any further questions.

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