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Alliant Credit Union2.10%$1k-48 - 60 Month Share CD
Ally Bank1.60%--High Yield 5 Year CD
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Alliant Credit Union1.30%$1k-36 - 47 Month Share CD
Alliant Credit Union1.10%$1k-24 - 35 Month Share CD
Alliant Credit Union0.90%$1k-12 - 17 Month Share CD
Accounts mentioned in this post. Rates as of August 23, 2014

Comparing Alliant Credit Union's CDs with Ally Bank's 5-Year CD

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Comparing Alliant Credit Union's CDs with Ally Bank's 5-Year CD

Even though Alliant Credit Union cut its CD rates recently, the rates remain near the top of my lists for the best nationwide CD rates with terms of 1 to 4 years. I thought it would be interesting to compare these rates with Ally Bank's 5-year CD rate after you take into consideration the early withdrawal penalty. For example, how does Ally Bank's 5-year CD closed 2 years into the term compare with Alliant's 2-year CD?

Below is a summary of Alliant Credit Union's Jumbo CD and IRA CD yields. Jumbo CD rates require a $25K minimum deposit. Rates are 10 basis points lower for smaller deposits. The early withdrawal penalties (EWP) are listed in the credit union's certificate FAQs. I've noted these penalties in the list below. These are the maximum penalties. The penalty won't eat into the principal. The yields are based on Alliant's rate sheet as of 9/9/2010.

  • 1.60% APY 12 to 17 months, EWP 90 days
  • 1.85% APY 18 to 23 months, EWP 120 days
  • 2.10% APY 24 to 35 months, EWP 180 days
  • 2.35% APY 36 to 47 months, EWP 180 days
  • 2.75% APY 48 to 60 months, EWP 180 days

For more info about Alliant Credit Union and membership, please refer to my Alliant Credit Union CD review.

Ally Bank's 5-year CD rate has held for a while, and it continues to be 2.74% APY as of 9/9/2010. There was a period last month in which it was dropping a few basis points once or twice a week. Hopefully, we won't see a repeat of that time, and the current yield will continue to hold.

Ally Bank's early withdrawal penalty is only 60 days of interest on all terms including the 5-year term. For more details on Ally Bank and this early withdrawal penalty, please refer to my Ally Bank CD review.

The table below compares Alliant's 1-to-5 year CDs with Ally Bank's 5-year CD when closed early at years 1 to 4. I also included Alliant's 5-year CD when closed early at these years. Here is the formula I used to approximate the yields:

Post Penalty APY = (Full APY) x (D - P) / D

D = days into term when the CD was closed.
P = days of the early withdrawal penalty

As you can see below, Ally Bank's 5-year CD is still the best deal for terms of 1, 2 and 3 years. However, Alliant's 4-year CD which has a 2.75% APY is the best deal for a 4-year period. Alliant's 5-year CD yield isn't as competitive as the shorter terms, and since the early withdrawal penalty is 180 days of interest, there's no interest rate advantage over the shorter term CDs when the 5-year CD is closed early. These APYs are as of 9/9/2010:

Alliant's CDs vs Alliant's 5-Yr CD vs Ally's 5-Yr CD

 

Maturity or EW Alliant's 1-5yr CDs Alliant's 5-yr 2.75% CD Ally's 5-year 2.74% CD
year 1 1.60% (no penalty) 1.39% 2.29%
year 2 2.10% (no penalty) 2.07% 2.51%
year 3 2.35% (no penalty) 2.30% 2.59%
year 4 2.75% (no penalty) 2.41% 2.63%
year 5 2.75% (no penalty) 2.75% (no penalty) 2.74% (no penalty)

 

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  Tags: Alliant Credit Union, Illinois, IRA rates, CD rates, Ally Bank

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4 Comments.
Comment #1 by MikeB (anonymous) posted on
MikeB
As you know most banks have language on their Cd which says you must leave funds in CD until maturity, but if they agree to an early withdrawl there will be a penalty. What about Ally Bank ? Can they refuse an early withdrawl ? If the answer is no, will they put it in writing. Thanks.

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Comment #2 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Plus Alliant CU's CD compound interest monthly, and Ally is compounded daily.

But after reading a lot of reviews on Ally, I think I'd stay away from Ally.

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Comment #3 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Why does it matter how often interest in compounded? I thought that was taken into account in the APY rate?

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Comment #4 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Rate is prior to compunding and Yield is afterward.  So more frequent compounding leads to a higher yield.  At today's low rates, however, compounding makes little difference.

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