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Last month I reported on very competitive 3-, 4- and 5-year CD rates at MidFirst Direct, the internet division of MidFirst Bank. I learned last Saturday that MidFirst Direct is now offering 7-year CDs, and the rate is very competitive. Unfortunately, the rate has already fallen. It now has a 2.75% APY which is down from its original yield of 3.00%. Even with this lower rate, it’s still very competitive compared to other banks and credit unions. The 2.75% APY is listed in the MidFirst Direct CD page as of...Continue Reading
Last year I first learned about MidFirst Direct, the internet division of MidFirst Bank. At that time last year, it was offering some very competitive CD rates. Those didn’t last long. The rates fell a few days after my post. MidFirst Direct just recently raised its long-term CD rates, and they’re very competitive. Hopefully, these rates will hold longer than they did last year. These higher CD rates include:
The above rates are listed in the MidFirst Direct CD page as of...Continue Reading
HarborOne in Massachusetts just recently changed from a credit union to a bank. When it was a credit union, it had offered several good CD deals. I’m glad to see the deals haven’t stopped now that it’s a bank. HarborOne Bank currently has two good CD deals: a 2.00% APY 4-year CD and a 1.05% APY 7-month CD. Minimum deposit is $1,000 ($500 in an IRA). These rates are listed in the bank’s deposit rates page as of 8/9/2013.
One downside with the 4-year CD is a large early withdrawal penalty....Continue Reading
Citizens Bank and Charter One regularly have checking account promotions with nice bonuses. Both are brand names of RBS Citizens, N.A. Citizens Bank branches are primarily located on the east coast and Charter One branches are located in the Midwestern states of Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. Charter One is currently listing a bonus of up to $175. I can’t find a similar one at Citizens Bank, but when I called Citizens Bank at 888-411-7442, the CSR told me that this same $175 bonus is available. (see update below) However, he...Continue Reading
Mutual Bank in Massachusetts did something that is rare these days. It increased the rate of its reward checking account. Another nice change is that the bank is now allowing anyone from New England to apply online. The rate increase makes the reward checking competitive, but I wouldn’t call it a hot deal since it still has a small balance cap. There’s also a companion savings account called REALSaver which helps offset the checking's low cap. Below is a summary of the rates and features of these two accounts. These...Continue Reading
Citizens Bank is offering a checking account bonus of up to $150. The bonus doesn't require too much work. One downside is that the checking accounts do have monthly service fees, but there are easy ways to avoid them. This promotion is scheduled to last until 2/28/2013. The details are listed at www.citizensbank.com/150. Here's summary of what's required to earn the full $150:
Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union has a CD promotion with a competitive rate. The special is an 18-month CD with a 1.20% APY. It's also available for IRAs and SEPs. Minimum deposit is $250. This rate is listed on the credit union's rates page as of 12/5/2012. This special rate is the only CD that's competitive. In fact, this rate is even higher than the credit union's long-term CD rates.
The Primary Savings account has a rate of 7% APY on balances up to $500. Balances over $500 earn 0.15%. With a...Continue Reading
Workers Credit Union is offering two competitive rates on its CDs and IRA CDs. The short-term CD deal is an 18-month CD with a 1.50% APY. The long-term CD deal is a 6-year CD with a 2.50% APY. Minimum deposit is $500 for CDs and $1,000 for IRA CDs. These are Member Relationship CD rates which require a Workers’ checking account with at least one monthly direct deposit of pay or Social Security. Without the relationship, the rates are 75 basis points lower. These are rates are listed in the...Continue Reading
Citizens Bank is offering a promotion that includes a short-term CD special and a special credit card cash-back deal. It's called the "Get the Value of Five." The promotion is scheduled to end on 9/28/2012. Here's the link to the Citizens Bank promo page. Citizen's Bank branches which are branded as Charter One have this same promo. Here's the link to the Charter One promo page. Hat tip to DA reader Kaight who posted on this deal in this forum thread. More details about this promo is available in this...Continue Reading
Yesterday I learned about MidFirst Direct, the internet division of MidFirst Bank. It offers a money market account, checking account and CDs with maturities of 3 months to 60 months. Both the money market account and checking account have low rates, but I was pleasantly surprised to see some very competitive CD rates. Compared to other internet banks, the best two are a 1.35% APY 1-year CD and a 1.40% APY 18-month CD. Below is a list of all of the competitive CD rates as listed at the MidFirst Direct...Continue Reading
Back in 2011 Connexus Credit Union used to have very competitive CD rates. That changed a year ago when its CD rates had big cuts. Over the last year those CD rates have held steady while the rates at other institutions have fallen. So Connexus CD rates are again competitive. It's one of the few institutions that still offers a 2.00% APY 5-year CD. However, there is an important downside. The top rate requires that you have an active checking account.
One recent change at Connexus is that two new CD...Continue Reading
With so many banks cutting their CD rates, I was pleasantly surprised to see that EBSB Direct continues to offer a very competitive 3-year CD rate. As of the morning of 8/1/2012, the APY is still 1.80%. This yield has remained unchanged since August 2011. I last reviewed it in October. At that time the rate was competitive. As rates at other banks have fallen, this 1.80% APY has become much more competitive. Minimum deposit is $1,000. These rates are listed at EBSBdirect.com as of 8/1/2012.
I called the bank this...Continue Reading