Advantage National Bank is offering a special 2.50% APY 12-month CD. Minimum deposit is $2,500. The special is listed in the banks' deposit rates page as of 8/05/09.
It appears that a branch visit is required to open an account. Advantage National Bank Group has three community banks branded with their own names. All are located in the Chicagoland area. Elk Grove Village Bank & Trust is located in Elk Grove Village. Old Town Bank & Trust is located in Bloomingdale, and Roselle Bank & Trust is located in Roselle.
Advantage National Bank's ratings for safety and soundness are a little weak: 3 stars (adequate) at BauerFinancial and 2 stars (below peer group) at Bankrate.com. Both ratings are based on 3/31/09 financial data. The bank has been a FDIC member since 2001 (FDIC Certificate # 57103).
Thanks to the reader who emailed me info on this special.
Other Competitive Certificate of Deposit Rates
I used to call these rates high, but in today's environment there are no "high" deposit rates. These rates may not be high, but they're competitive as compared to the top rates listed at Bankrate.com. As of 8/5/09 the top nationwide 12-month CD rate listed at Bankrate is only 2.07% APY. Refer to the following pages to find other competitive CD rates: