First Republic Bank is offering several competitive CD rates. Most of the top rates are CDs with mid and long terms. These include 3.25% APY for 2 years, 3.50% APY for 3 years, 3.75% APY for 4 years and 4.00% APY for 5 years. There's also one good short-term CD. It's a special CD with a 2.25% APY for a 5-month term. Minimum deposit is $5,000. There's also a 10-month liquid CD with a fair rate of 2.15% APY. Minimum deposit is $10,000. Refer to this previous post for details about the liquid features.
These rates are listed in the bank's rate table as of 4/05/09 for certain parts of the country. You have to enter your zip code to see the table. It appears to be available in all of the areas where they have branches.
First Republic has branches located in nine major metropolitan areas: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Newport Beach, San Diego, Las Vegas, Portland, Boston and New York City.
First Republic is a division of Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust Co., FSB which is a member FDIC (FDIC Certificate # 34571). I'm not sure how Bank of America's acquisition of Merrill Lynch will affect First Republic Bank. Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust Co.'s financial ratings for soundness are fair: 3 stars (adequate) at BauerFinancial (based on 12/31/08 data) and 3 stars (performing) at Bankrate.com (based on 9/30/08 data).
Thanks to the reader who emailed me news of these CDs.
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