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Top 1-Year CD Rate at First Choice Bank in Southern California - Local Only


First Choice Bank

First Choice Bank continues to have competitive short-term and mid-term CD rates. The rates have fallen some since my previous posts, but the rates continue to be 10 to 25 basis points higher than what the best internet banks offer today. The best rates require a $50K minimum deposit. The rates are 5 to 10 basis points lower for a $5K minimum. The best rates ($50K min) as listed in the bank's deposit rates page as of 10/13/2010 include:

  • 1.55% APY for 288 to 365 days (288 days is between 9 and 10 months)
  • 1.65% APY for 366 to 540 days
  • 1.90% APY for 541 to 730 days (541 days is about 18 months)

When I contacted the bank last year, I was told that a branch visit is required for new customers. Branches are located in the suburbs of Los Angeles, in the cities of Cerritos and Alhambra.

The bank's overall health score is 3 out of 5 at with a Texas Ratio of 26.86% (above average) based on 6/30/2010 data. Please refer to our financial overview of First Choice Bank for more details. The bank has been a FDIC member since 2005 (FDIC Certificate # 57966).

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