Update 5/20/09: The 18-month CD rate has fallen. Please check the bank's website for the latest rates.
State Farm Bank continues to offer a fairly compeititive mid-term CD special. The rate is 2.71% APY for an 18-month term. There's also a fairly competitive 1-year CD with a 2.54% APY. Minimum deposit is $500. The rates are listed at State Farm Bank's rate table as of 4/28/09.
My last post on State Farm Bank was March 11 when they were offering a special 2.77% 21-month CD.
State Farm Bank's CD Page has the details and the link to the Truth in Savings Disclosure. According to the disclosure, the early withdrawal penalty is 180 days of interest on the principal withdrawn.
State Farm Bank also continues to have a competitive rate on its Interest Checking Account. As of 4/28/09, the rate is 1.55% APY on balances of at least $2,500 (0% for smaller balances). This is the same that it was in March. Minimum opening deposit is $100, and there's a $10 monthly fee for average daily balances under $500. This checking account may not seem too competitive, but it's not bad if you compare it to 0.75% at Charles Schwab or 0.25% at ING Direct.
Update 4/29/09: The online application cannot be used to apply for the 18-month CD (or any CDs with special terms). You can apply by phone for that case.
You can apply online, but a printer is required, as you will be required to print, sign and mail the application to State Farm along with your initial deposit. You may also apply for an account by contacting State Farm Bank toll-free at 1-877-SF4-BANK (1-877-734-2265) or by contacting a participating State Farm agent.
A reader commented in my last post that there have been reports that State Farm Bank does a high number of hard credit inquiries when opening accounts. The hard credit inquiry can temporarily ding your credit score. If you've experienced this from State Farm Bank, please leave a comment.
State Farm Bank's ratings for safety and soundness have fallen a little since my last post. It now has 3 stars (adequate) at BauerFinancial and 2 stars (below peer group) at Bankrate.com. Both ratings are based on 12/31/08 financial data. State Farm Bank has been FDIC insured since 1999 (FDIC Certificate # 34617).
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