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Competitive CD Rates and Money Market Rates Continue at United Central Bank - Available Nationwide


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United Central Bank continues to offer competitive rates on its money market accounts, its CDs and installment savings accounts. Some of the rates are down a bit since my June post, but they are still very competitive.

Here's a list of the APYs of some of the best deals as listed at the bank's rate table as of the morning of 8/07/09:
  • Global Money Market Account - 2.15% $75K-$300K, 1.95% $5K-$75K
  • Super Saver Installment CD - 3.15% 1-year to 5-year
  • CDs - 2.25% 12-month, 2.00% 6-month
Note, CDs are also available in IRAs for terms of 12 months and longer.

In my previous post, readers mentioned that you can get an extra 0.25% bonus on CDs if you have the bank's Global Supreme Checking Account. This checking account requires a minimum $5,000 balance to avoid a $20/month fee.

There's an online application for some of the above products. When I called in June, I was told that people in any state can open these accounts online. According to the CSR, the CD rate will lock at the time the application is submitted. The products available in the online application include the 12- and 36-month CD and IRA CD, the Global Money Market and the Global Free Checking Account. The application has options for both permanent and non-permanent residents. Readers have reported being told that other accounts like the Super Saver CD require a branch visit.

United Central Bank just acquired more branches in major cities. This is due to their acquisition last Friday of Mutual Bank which was closed by regulators (see post). However, I don't know how long it'll take before Mutual Bank branches will be able to open these United Central Bank products. If you have received info from Mutual Bank and United Central, please leave a comment. Mutual Bank had branches in New York, New Jersey, Houston and in Chicago.

Even without the Mutual Bank branches, United Central Bank has branches in several parts of the country with branches in Texas, California, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia. Some of the major cities include Los Angeles, Austin, Houston and Dallas.

United Central Bank's rating for safety and soundness fell a bit at From 12/31/08 data to 3/31/09 data, it fell from 3 to 2 stars (below peer group). It remains 3½ stars (good) at BauerFinancial based on 3/31/09 data. The bank has been a FDIC member since 1984 (FDIC Certificate # 25330).

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Comment #1 by Anonymous posted on
The following is an update to the closure of Mutual Bank and what United Central Bank intends to do with all of Mutual Bank's old accounts.

I received a letter today dated August 3,2009 from the CEO and President of United Central Bank Keith Ward. One of the things the letter says is that if you have a CD or IRA you may withdraw all or part of the balance in your CD without penalty at any time prior to the maturity date. Also effective Tuesday, September 1,2009 the interest rate on your CD or IRA will change according to the following rate schedule:

60 mo @ 2.90 APY
48 mo @ 2.90 APY
36 mo @ 2.55 APY
24 mo @ 2.35 APY
18 mo @ 2.25 APY
12 mo @ 2.25 APY
6 mo @ 2.00 APY
3 mo @ 1.75 APY

Comment #2 by Banking Guy (anonymous) posted on
Banking Guy
Thanks for the info. Sorry to see these low rates. I added this info to the Mutual Bank Closure post.

Comment #3 by Anonymous posted on
As a FYI, I was able to open a 2.25%APY at a former Mtual Bank branch in the Chicago area on 8/14, so it appears the UCB rates are good at those branches.