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Competitive 5-Year CD Rate at Kaiser Federal Bank in California


Update: The special 5-year CD rate has fallen to 2.25% APY.

Kaiser Federal Bank continues to offer a competitive rate on its special 5-year CD. It has a 2.50% APY with a minimum deposit of $10,000. This is listed in the bank's CD rate table as of 8/19/2011.

Some of the important features of this CD as described in the bank's account disclosure include:

  • Early Withdrawal Penalty: If the qualifying period is greater than one year, the customer shall forfeit an amount equal to one hundred and eighty (180) days interest whether earned or not (this may reduce principal and result in account closure).
  • Paid interest may be withdrawn at anytime without penalty.
  • Grace period at maturity is 7 days after the maturity date

When this special CD had a 3.00% APY back in February, I called Kaiser Federal (800-524-2274) for more information on opening CDs by mail. I was told CDs are available nationwide. IRAs are only available in California. For more details, please refer to my February Kaiser Federal CD review. Opening a CD is much easier if you can visit one of their branches.

Kaiser Federal Bank branches are located in the California cities of Bellflower, Covina, Fontana, Harbor City, Los Angeles, Panorama City, Pasadena and Santa Clara.

The bank has an overall health score at of 4 stars (out of 5) with a Texas Ratio of 20.58% (average) based on March 2011 data. Please refer to our financial overview of Kaiser Federal Bank for more details. The bank has been a FDIC member since 1999 (FDIC Certificate # 35448).

How Kaiser Federal's CD Special Compares

For banks with CDs available nationwide, Kaiser Federal matches MainStreet Bank's internet bank (Airbanking) with a 2.50% APY 5-year CD. Higher rates are available at credit unions. The best 5-year CD rate that's available nationwide is 2.83% APY at University Federal Credit Union. Rates are accurate as of 8/19/2011.

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Comment #1 by Anonymous posted on
It was lowered to 2.25% this morning.  I was going to open one with funds from a maturing Citi CD, but no more.

Comment #2 by Anonymous posted on
when will the bank failure list be posted?

Comment #3 by shinoby posted on
Boy, things are really becoming bad.  Back when this CD was at 3% I put in a "relatively" small amount of money, not wanting to take too big a hit if rates went up and I needed to do an EW.  So much for my judgement.

I just didn't see these poor times coming.

Oh, FWIW the bank itself I have found to be fine and easy to deal with.  I am happy with them and they have treated me right.

Comment #4 by Anonymous posted on
These CD rates are for 2011!!!! VERY OLD NEWS!