<<roughly $500,000. She currently has all that money in CDs, earning about 6%, and she insists that she only feels comfortable in FDIC insured investments.>>Well, nobody's mom and dad listen to them, so you're in great company there.Sounds like mom is risk-aversive. If she can live on 30K/yr, she'll have better peace of mind sticking with her strategy, but there are jumbo CDs that will do better than 6%. Here are some links:http://bankcd.com/list.htmlhttp://www.fisn.com/rates.htmhttp://bank.imoneynet.com/savings/http://www.money-rates.com/cdrates.htmhttps://deposits.providian.com/
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