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Security Service Federal Credit Union just increased its 5-year CD and IRA CD rates. Rates went up by 40 basis points. In San Antonio, the Jumbo 5-year CD rate is 2.25% APY. This requires a $100,000 minimum deposit. Rate is 5 basis points lower for a $50K minimum, 10 basis points lower for a $25K minimum and 15 basis points lower for a $500 minimum.
Security Service FCU continues to offer a good deal on a 13-month CD. In San Antonio, the Jumbo 13-month CD rate is 1.25% APY.
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Generations Federal Credit Union is offering a promotional certificate with very competitive rates. It has a 1.60% APY for a $100,000 minimum deposit or a 1.50% APY for a $10,000 minimum. The term is 14 months. The rates apply to both regular and IRA CDs. These rates are listed in this credit union promo page as of 2/19/2014. Thanks to DA member Shorebreak for posting on this news in the forum.
It’s interesting to note that Generations had a similar promotion in late 2012. In that case the CD had a...Continue Reading
BB&T has brought back its $125 checking account promotion. Like the one last year, you can qualify for the bonus without direct deposit. That’s rare these days. The one downside remains the same. All of BB&T's checking accounts have potential monthly service fees. So if you open the checking account for the bonus, you have to make sure to avoid the fees.
To qualify for the $125 bonus, customers must open a BB&T checking account and either 1) use online bill pay for 3 bill payments with a minimum payment of...Continue Reading
PenFed will be lowering most of its CD rates in February. This isn’t official since these rates are not yet posted on PenFed’s website. I learned of these rates from a PenFed customer service representative in a phone call this morning. Near the end of the month PenFed’s board of directors approves the CD rates for the next month. Once they’re approved, the CSRs are typically notified of these new rates by an internal email. Thanks to DA reader Lou for first reporting on this news in the forum.
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Xceed Financial Credit Union just came out with a new CD special. It has a 1.50% APY and a 17-month term. Minimum deposit is $500. This special isn’t available in an IRA, but there is a special 14-month IRA CD with a 1.40% APY. Xceed is still offering a special 7-month CD and IRA CD with a 1.00% APY and a special 19-month CD and IRA CD with a 1.25% APY. These special CD rates are listed on the credit union's rates page and in the credit union's news &...Continue Reading
PenFed IRA certificates have some nice features, but a reader has recently found out that they’re not as nice as you might think. We have long known that PenFed allows penalty-free partial withdrawals of IRA CDs when the owner has reached 59 ½ . However, there are limitations on the partial withdrawals. First, here’s what is stated in PenFed’s IRA Application Booklet:
Not only are partial withdrawals allowed, but there is no penalty "if the owner has reached age 59½ and takes a partial withdrawal." That is one of four early...Continue Reading
BBVA Compass is again offering a free Kindle Fire HD for opening a checking account and for performing a few activities. It’s a 7" 8GB Kindle Fire HD which is currently selling on Amazon for $139. It is not the Kindle Fire HDX which is much more expensive. Here's the link to the new promotion. Below are the steps required for the bonus:
Washington Federal is offering a holiday special CD with terms of 7 or 13 months. It has a 1.00% APY, and the minimum deposit is $1,000. Maximum deposit is $250,000. I found this special mentioned at this Washington Federal deposit rates page on 12/27/2013.
In 2011 Washington Federal had offered top rates on its 5-year CDs. This year they haven’t had any competitive rates for their 5-year CD or other standard terms.
A branch visit has been required to open accounts. For those who prefer opening a CD in a branch,...Continue Reading
I’m glad to see PenFed is still offering the very high CD rates. When I first reported on these on December 1st, I was concerned that they may not last through December. As I mentioned, PenFed no longer guarantees the CD rates will last for the entire month. However, I can’t remember a time when PenFed lowered CD rates before the end of the month. In addition, I see PenFed has a rotating banner on its home page advertising the 3.04% 5-year CD, and that banner says "your gift for...Continue Reading
Those 3% rumors turned out to be true. PenFed is now officially offering a 5-year and a 7-year CD with a 3.04% APY. The rates are listed at PenFed’s certificates overview page as of 12/01/2013. Thanks to the readers who reported on these early. There’s also good news for those who prefer shorter terms. PenFed’s 4-year CD rate increased to 2.22% APY, and the 2-year CD rate increased to 1.41% APY. PenFed’s 3-year CD still has a very competitive 2.02% APY. Below is a summary of the new December rates...Continue Reading
I first reported on R Bank and its R Best Checking account about four years ago. Like all reward checking accounts, the rates and balance cap have fallen. However, it remains very competitive and a good deal for those in the Austin metro area. Below is an updated review of the account. The rates and features are listed on the bank’s home page as of 11/12/2013:
R Best Checking rates and features if monthly requirements are met:
Update 1/10/14: The savings account promotion has ended.
If you live in the market area of Capital One Bank, customers can get a good savings account deal. This is similar to Capital One’s past checking account promotions. It’s the Smart Savings Account, and a high rate is guaranteed on all balances for 12 months. The guaranteed APY is 1.00% for most Capital One market areas. It’s only 0.70% for the Austin, Texas metro area and only 0.40% for Louisiana. Thanks to DA member stormdog123 for posting on this in the...Continue Reading