Banco Popular continues to offer competitive rates on a money market account and two special CDs. These specials are not listed at Banco Popular's website. I learned about these from readers, and I called today to verify. The specials vary by state. I was only able to verify these for California and New York. They may also be available in other states where Banco Popular has branches. I was told these rates should be available through at least next Thursday (9/18/08).
4.15% 4-Month CD
The CD specials include a 4.15% APY 4-month CD and a 4.35% APY 11-month CD. The minimum deposit is $1,000. Note, I was quoted a little lower 11-month rate for California (4.30% APY). According to the CSR, no checking account is required for these CDs.
4.00% Money Market Until 2009
Banco Popular continues to offer a 4.00% money market account for balances of at least $25K that's guaranteed through 12/31/08. A yield of 3.50% APY applies to balances between $10K and $25K. These rates require an Investor Checking Account with a balance of at least $1,000. This checking has a yield of 2% APY.
A reader noted that Banco Popular allows POD's on its money market accounts, so one should be able to have full FDIC coverage for above $100,000 (see post).
Checking Account Bonus in New York
Banco Popular has a special website for promotions being offered at New York and New Jersey branches. There's a bonus of up to $125 for opening a Totally Free Checking Account: $25 for another bank's debit card and unused checks, $50 for adding direct deposit and $50 for using their online bill pay. There's also a $50 business checking account bonus.
Branches are located in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and in Arlington, Texas. Rates may vary by state, so make sure to call to verify. The bank is a member FDIC (FDIC Certificate # 34967).
E-LOAN Note: E-LOAN is a subsidiary of Banco Popular, and E-LOAN savings and CD accounts are FDIC insured through Banco Popular. So deposits at E-LOAN should be considered Banco Popular deposits from an FDIC insurance point-of-view.
E-LOAN also has some competitive savings accounts and CDs, and these are available online nationwide. I just reported on a new savings account promotion at E-LOAN in this Tuesday E-LOAN post. Refer to my August E-LOAN post for more CD details.
Thanks to the reader who commented on these specials.