Competitive CD Rates at Chartway FCU in Several States - Local Only - Update
Chartway Federal Credit Union is offering some competitive CD rates. The most competitive is the 5-year CD which has a top rate of 3.11% APY for a minimum deposit of $10,000. The 3-year CD is also competitive with a 2.30% APY for a $10,000 minimum. These yields require a Preferred Plus, Elite 50 Plus or Premier Checking. Without these checking accounts, the rates are 25 basis points lower. These rates are listed in the credit union's rates sheet as of 9/03/2010.
The checking account requirement does hurt this deal. All three of the qualifying checking accounts have a minimum balance requirement to avoid a monthly fee. The Preferred Plus checking and the Elite 50 Plus checking have a $10 monthly fee unless a minimum balance of $2,500 is maintained. These two would be preferable to the Premier Checking which has a $20 monthly fee unless a minimum balance of $5,000 and direct deposit are maintained.
Unfortunately, their eChecking account does not qualify for this CD. This is a reward checking account that pays up to 3.84% APY on a $20K balance (see review).
Membership is open to those who live, work, worship or go to school in a defined geographic area served by the credit union's Virginia, Florida, Rhode Island and Texas branches. A reader noted in a previous post that the geographic areas are narrow, so please call to see if you can be eligible. You can also be eligible via schools and select employer groups. The online application has a list of eligible schools and employers. Please refer to their Membership Page for more details. Membership requires a $5 minimum deposit into the Prime Share savings account.
Branches are located in Virginia, Georgia, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Ohio and New Jersey.
The credit union has a Texas Ratio of 9.94% (excellent) and an overall health score of 4 out of 5 based on June 2010 data at DepositAccounts.com (see our financial overview of Chartway FCU). Chartway is federally insured by the NCUA (Charter # 13242).