Rhode Island Banking Rates and News
Browse through the stories below to view current deals for Rhode Island banks or select an item from the menu bar above to view current rates in Rhode Island.
With school starting soon, it's a good time to review your college savings plan options. And if you say, "What college savings plan?", you may want to consider Citizens Bank's "CollegeSaver Account," as a starting point. The CollegeSaver Account pays a $1K bonus at the end of the deposit term. You will owe taxes on the interest, as the CollegeSaver Account is not a 529, but the funds saved and the $1K bonus do NOT have to be spent on educational costs.
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Update 5/14/2014: These CD specials have ended.
Liberty Bank in Connecticut is offering some good deposit specials. The first is called the "Pick Your Term CD Special", and it offers three competitive rates: 2.50% APY for 5 years, 2.25% APY for 4 years and 2.00% APY for 3 years. Minimum deposit is $1,000, and the maximum is $250,000 with a limit of one account per household. A checking account is required. More details are listed in the bank’s promotions page as of 4/8/2014. One thing not mentioned at that page is...Continue Reading
EBSB Direct continues to have a top rate on its money market account. It has a 1.00% APY for balances of $50K to $1 million. For balances between $5K and $50K, the rate is 0.25%. No interest is paid for balances under $5K. New money is required. These rates are listed at the EBSB Direct home page as of 1/9/2014.
When I last reported on EBSB Direct, I was told that they were opening accounts only for residents of Massachusetts. Before that they had accepted customers from New England and New...Continue Reading
HarborOne in Massachusetts just recently changed from a credit union to a bank. When it was a credit union, it had offered several good CD deals. I’m glad to see the deals haven’t stopped now that it’s a bank. HarborOne Bank currently has two good CD deals: a 2.00% APY 4-year CD and a 1.05% APY 7-month CD. Minimum deposit is $1,000 ($500 in an IRA). These rates are listed in the bank’s deposit rates page as of 8/9/2013.
One downside with the 4-year CD is a large early withdrawal penalty....Continue Reading
Home Loan Investment Bank raised its long-term CD rates last week, and now its 5-year and 3-year CD and IRA CD rates are very competitive. Its 5-year CD has a 2.00% APY, and its 3-year CD has a 1.50% APY. Minimum deposit is $1,000. These rates are listed in the bank’s CD page as of 7/29/2013. According to the small print at the bottom of this page rates apply only to residents of RI, MA and CT.
If you’re interested in these CDs, please refer to the bank’s contact page where...Continue Reading
Citizens Bank and Charter One regularly have checking account promotions with nice bonuses. Both are brand names of RBS Citizens, N.A. Citizens Bank branches are primarily located on the east coast and Charter One branches are located in the Midwestern states of Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. Charter One is currently listing a bonus of up to $175. I can’t find a similar one at Citizens Bank, but when I called Citizens Bank at 888-411-7442, the CSR told me that this same $175 bonus is available. (see update below) However, he...Continue Reading
Mutual Bank in Massachusetts did something that is rare these days. It increased the rate of its reward checking account. Another nice change is that the bank is now allowing anyone from New England to apply online. The rate increase makes the reward checking competitive, but I wouldn’t call it a hot deal since it still has a small balance cap. There’s also a companion savings account called REALSaver which helps offset the checking's low cap. Below is a summary of the rates and features of these two accounts. These...Continue Reading
Every now and then a financial institution will offer a CD special that's actually more like a checking account bonus. That's the case at Chartway Federal Credit Union. It's offering a special called the GO Direct Promotional Certificate. It has an 11-month term and a 3.00% APY. Minimum deposit is $1,000. Here's the catch (there are actually two). Maximum deposit is $20,000, and it requires direct deposit for the duration of the CD. The details of this special CD are listed in this Chartway promotions page as of 2/22/2013. It's...Continue Reading
Citizens Bank is offering a checking account bonus of up to $150. The bonus doesn't require too much work. One downside is that the checking accounts do have monthly service fees, but there are easy ways to avoid them. This promotion is scheduled to last until 2/28/2013. The details are listed at www.citizensbank.com/150. Here's summary of what's required to earn the full $150:
- Open your first new personal checking account by 2/28/13
- Get $50 when you setup direct deposit and have a single deposit of $500 or more clear your new checking...
Chartway Federal Credit Union has extended its CD specials that it was offering in November. In addition, it has increased the rates by 25 basis points. The top rates for these specials are now 1.51% APY for the 12-month CD and 1.26% APY for the 6-month CD. These rates require a premium level checking relationship. Without the checking relationship, the rates are 25 basis points lower (1.26% APY for 12 months and 1.00% APY for 6 months). Minimum deposit is $10,000 for the 12-month CD and $500 for the 6-month...Continue Reading
Chartway Federal Credit Union is offering four specials in November. One of these might interest savers. That's a special 1-year share certificate with a 1.25% APY. Minimum deposit is $10,000. Premium level checking is required. Rate is not available in Rhode Island. This special CD and rate is listed in the credit union's promo page as of 11/15/2012.
Lower rates are available for smaller balances. All the rates and checking requirements are listed in the Chartway's certificate rate sheets. Three checking accounts appear to qualify for this premium level checking rate:...Continue Reading
Citizens Bank is offering a promotion that includes a short-term CD special and a special credit card cash-back deal. It's called the "Get the Value of Five." The promotion is scheduled to end on 9/28/2012. Here's the link to the Citizens Bank promo page. Citizen's Bank branches which are branded as Charter One have this same promo. Here's the link to the Charter One promo page. Hat tip to DA reader Kaight who posted on this deal in this forum thread. More details about this promo is available in this...Continue Reading