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5.00% 60-Month Online CD Back at WaMu, But Savings Account Rate Down Again


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It's nice to see a competitive rate back at WaMu. With WaMu now officially part of JPMorgan Chase, I thought we wouldn't see any more competitve rates. But WaMu has just increased the yield on its 5-year online CD to 5.00% APY. Unfortunately, its Online Savings Account has become less competitive. Its yield just dropped to 2.25% APY.

The 5% APY is not the best for 5-year CDs, but if you're looking for a long-term CD at a strong bank, this may be a good option. For more details on these online CDs and my experience opening one, please refer to this post.

A reader has commented that he saw 5% APY CD for 60-120 month terms being advertised in a WaMu branch in Boca Raton, Florida. This does not show up in WaMu's traditional CD page, so this might depend on your local branch. If you find that your local WaMu branch is offering these 5% CDs, please leave a comment.

Thanks to the reader Shrazzy who mentioned these latest rates in the Finding the Best Deals post.

Update: Chase Bank is also listing a 5.00% APY 60-month CD at its website. It's one of their special CDs with a minimum deposit of $10,000, and it's available online or at a branch.

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Comment #1 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous has had a 5% 60-Month CD for several weeks.
Chase CD Specials
$10,000 Minimum Opening Deposit
You'll notice that Wamu is $1000 min vs $10000 min at Chase.

Comment #2 by Banking Guy (anonymous) posted on
Banking Guy
Thanks. I've added this info to the post. Looks like WaMu's online CDs have aligned closely with Chase's special CDs. Unfortunately, only the 5yr rate is competitive.

Comment #3 by Anonymous posted on
I saw this available in several Northern California branches, but it seems only barely competitive. And I guess I'll be moving my savings over to a Wachovia money market!

Comment #4 by Anonymous posted on
No sane person should put their money in WAMU, this site does not disclose the horible customer service and bait and switch tactics of this bank. Do yourself a favor and put your money elsewhere.

Comment #5 by rg (anonymous) posted on
If you don't want to lock your money for 5 years then there is a 3year option with Pentagon credit union. 5% APY for 3 year CD.

If you don't qulify to open an account, then there is an option to pay $20 membership to some organization (listed on their web page)

Comment #6 by Anonymous posted on
WAMU used to be great, now they suck my donkey! Watch all the money go bye bye Chase.

Comment #7 by Anonymous posted on
I had two CDs maturing with WaMu today, the only two I've ever opened with them. My experience today was fresh reminder of why WaMu would never be among my top choices, absent extraordinary rates.

When I called my branch about accessibility of funds, I was told I would not be able to close the accounts until the day after maturity. In calling a second branch, I was told that even if I were to go to a branch in person, I would still have to wait 7 to 10 days for a check to arrive by mail!! Had I more time to waste, I'm sure I could have gathered more bizarro responses by calling additional branches.

As it turned out, I was in fact able to close the accounts today and leave with check in hand.