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PNC’s New Account Bonuses of up to $400 in Several States

PNC Bank has some new promotions for its Virtual Wallet accounts. If you live in one of the qualifying states, you can earn up to $400 in bonuses. This is a big increase from its past promotions. You still have to be careful to avoid monthly service charges.

Here’s the link to PNC’s $400 promotion page. The offer is scheduled to end on 5/31/2014. You can open the account online or choose to have them email you a coupon to take to a branch. There are three levels of bonuses. Here's...

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Special CDs with Top Rates at Patriot FCU in Parts of PA and MD
Patriot Credit Union

Patriot Federal Credit Union has come out with four special CDs with very competitive rates. The best one is a 5-year CD with a 3.00% APY. The others include a 4-year CD with a 2.50% APY, a 3-year CD with a 2.00% APY and a 30-month CD with a 2.00% APY. The 4-year CD has a step-up feature which allows you to increase the rate one time to the rate currently in effect for that CD. Minimum deposit for these special CDs is $25,000, and new money is required. These...

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$150 Checking Account Bonus in Several States at First Citizens Bank
First Citizens Bank (NC)

Unlike most checking account promotions, this one at First Citizens Bank doesn’t require direct deposit. There are other ways to qualify for the bonus without direct deposit. On the downside, it’s similar to most checking account promotions in that the qualifying checking accounts have potential monthly service fees. If you’re careful, this promotion can be a good deal. Here’s the link to the bank’s promotion page.

To receive the $150 bonus, you’ll need to open either a new Premier or Prestige checking account with a new debit card by April 30,...

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$200 Checking Account Bonus at Northwest Savings Bank in NY, PA, OH & MD
Northwest Savings Bank

It has been awhile since I last reported on a checking account bonus at Northwest Savings Bank. I’m glad to see the bank is again offering a bonus, and it’s a nice bonus for a free checking account. You can earn up to $200 on the checking account promotion. It requires direct deposit to receive the first $100. For the second $100, you’ll have to keep the account open for a year. Details of this offer are listed in the bank's promotions page as of 3/24/2014. The most important part...

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Problems Closing a CD at SECU

Banks often don't make it easy to close a CD at maturity. They hope you'll let the CD automatically roll over. If you want to close the CD when the CD matures, you sometimes have to jump through hoops. This problem isn’t just confined to banks. Credit unions can also have issues. That’s the case a DA reader experienced with State Employees Credit Union of Maryland (SECU). He emailed me the issues he had when he tried to have his CD closed at maturity. It reminded me of the...

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M&T Bank’s $100 Checking Account Bonus in Some States
M&T Bank

M&T Bank has long been offering promotions for its MyChoice Checking account. In the latest one you can earn a $100 cash bonus for opening the MyChoice Checking Account and setting up direct deposit. The promotion is scheduled to last until 6/27/2014. Please refer to the bank’s promotions page for the full details.

The offer’s small print has the details about the direct deposit requirements and what qualifies as direct deposit:

MyChoice Checking is not a free checking account. According to the MyChoice Checking page, there's a $6.95 monthly fee unless you...

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49-Month CD Special with a Top Rate at NASA FCU - Easy Membership - 2%
NASA Federal Credit Union

It has been awhile since NASA Federal Credit Union has offered a competitive CD special. So I’m pleasantly surprised to see its new CD special which has a 2.00% APY and a 49-month term. Minimum deposit is $5,000, and new money is required. It’s also available in an IRA. This special is listed at the credit union’s rates table as of 2/10/2014. It’s a limited-time offer that is subject to change at any time.

According to the credit union’s Q&A’s database, the early withdrawal penalty is "up to six month's...

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BB&T $125 Checking Account Bonus That Doesn’t Require Direct Deposit
BB&T

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...

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PNC’s $200 Checking Account Bonus in Several States

PNC Bank has started to offer a $200 checking account bonus. This is an upgrade to the bank’s usual $150 bonus. You still have to be careful to avoid monthly service charges. Here’s the link to PNC’s promotion page. The offer is scheduled to end on 2/28/2014. You can open the account online or choose to have them email you a coupon to take to a branch. Here's a summary of the requirements to qualify for the bonus:

  • Open a Virtual Wallet with Performance Spend online or at a branch using...
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PenFed CD Rates Going Down for New CDs in February
Pentagon Federal Credit Union

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.

One important...

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Update on Early Withdrawals from PenFed IRA CDs
Pentagon Federal Credit Union

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...

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Four Important Points about PenFed’s CDs and IRA CDs
Pentagon Federal Credit Union

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...

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