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2.00% 9-Month CD & 2.50% 20-Month CD at Institution for Savings in MA - Local Only

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Institution for Savings
Update 11/11/2009: CD rates have dropped. However, there are still some competitive rates. These include a 2.50% APY 24-month CD and a 3.00% APY 36-month CD.

Institution for Savings is offering a CD special with two competitive rates: 2.00% APY for 9 months and 2.50% APY for 20 months. Minimum deposit is $500. These rates are listed on the bank's front page and the bank's rate table as of 11/02/09.

The bank still offers a reward checking account, but the rate has fallen considerably since I first reported on it in February 2008. At that time the rate was 6% APY on balances up to $50K. It's now down to 1.50% APY. On the plus side, the above-average cap of $50K continues (see account review).

It appears that a branch visit is required to open an account. Branches are located in the Massachusetts cities of Newburyport, Salisbury, Ipswich and Rowley.

The bank has top ratings for safety and soundness: 5 stars (superior) at BauerFinancial and 5 stars (superior) at Bankrate.com. Both ratings are based on 6/30/09 financial data. It's rare to see 5 stars from both Bauer and Bankrate. The bank was established in 1820, and it has been a FDIC member since 1985 (FDIC Certificate # 90250). Funds over the FDIC limit are also insured by the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF).

Thanks to the reader Scott who mentioned these specials in the bank deals hub page.

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4 Comments.
Comment #1 by scott (anonymous) posted on
scott
Rates dropped, 9&12 month now 1.25 and 20 month 1.50%. Got in just in time and did the 20 month 2.50%

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Comment #2 by Banking Guy (anonymous) posted on
Banking Guy
Thanks for the update Scott. Sorry to see the cuts, but I see they still have a couple of competitive rates.

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Comment #3 by scott (anonymous) posted on
scott
The way things are going the 24 month 2.50% is looking decent, Also just noticed this:

"Three months interest whether earned or not on terms 13-35 months, except 20 month term which is six months interest whether earned or not."

Only three months loss of interest on the 24 month is about the best I have seen

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Comment #4 by Banking Guy (anonymous) posted on
Banking Guy
Thanks for pointing out the early withdrawal penalty. A 3-month penalty for a 24-month term is indeed very low.

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