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Security First Credit Union Remains Competitive With 9-Month CD Special
Security First Credit Union

In January 2013, I wrote about Security First Credit Union's (Texas) competitive CD and IRA rates. Security First Credit Union is continuing to offer attractive products with a 9-month CD Special (1.16% APY) and a 2-Year CD (1.36% APY up to $50K and 1.39% APY over $50K). The 2-Year CD is also available as an IRA, with the same earnings rate. Both CDs require a minimum $1k deposit to open and have no maximum cap.

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Shell Federal Credit Union's BE GREEN Rewards Checking Still Viable
Shell Federal Credit Union

After four years, Shell Federal Credit Union (Houston, Texas metro area) continues to offer their high-yield reward BE GREEN Checking account. Even though the BE GREEN Checking has two downsides for a reward checking account (an above average debit card usage requirement and a below average balance cap), the upside is having a reward checking account available in a large metropolitan area.

BE GREEN monthly requirements include:

  • 20 debit card purchases
  • ...
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Special 18-Month CD Rate at BBVA Compass - 1.15%
BBVA Compass

BBVA Compass now has special CD rates that are competitive for both the mid-term and long-term maturities. In March I reviewed the bank’s special 29-month and 60-month CDs. The bank also has a special 18-month CD with a competitive 1.15% APY. Minimum deposit is $500, and the maximum deposit is $2,500,000 ($250,000 maximum deposit for CD accounts opened online). This rate is listed in the bank’s CD promotion page as of 7/17/2014.

BBVA Compass customers who have preferred client relationship may be able to get an extra 10 basis points...

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Competitive 70-Month Promotional CD at Regions Bank - 2%
Regions Bank

Every now and then a large bank offers a decent rate on a promotional CD. The latest large bank to offer this type of deal is Regions Bank. It’s advertising two promotional CDs. The best one is a 70-month CD with a 2.00% APY. The other one is a 40-month CD with a 1.10% APY. Only the 40-month iCD is also available in an IRA. Minimum deposit is $10,000, and the maximum is $1 million. A checking account is required, and it must remain open during the entire term...

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Money Market Special with Guaranteed Rate for Texas Residents at Libertad Bank

Libertad Bank has a great deal for Texas residents. It’s a money market special that guarantees a 1.31% APY until 12/31/2014. Minimum balance to qualify for this rate is $10,000. Minimum opening deposit is $1,000, and a $1,000 balance is required to avoid a $9.99 service charge. The details of this promotion are listed in this Libertad Bank money market page as of 6/10/2014. Thanks to DA member txsaver who posted on this deal in the forum.

Below is the offer’s small print:

Note, it says "You must maintain a minimum...

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Capital One Business Checking Promotion with a $250 Bonus - Branch Only
Capital One Bank

Capital One is again offering a nice bonus for new business checking accounts. It’s not as nice as last year’s bonus, but it’s still a good deal. The current bonus is $250, and it’s scheduled to last until 4/30/2014. If it’s like past promotions, Capital One will probably extend it. The promotion requires a branch visit (see below for branch locations).

Here’s the link to the promotion at CapitalOne.com, and here’s a summary of what’s required to earn the $250 bonus:

  • Show this offer to a banker when you open your new...
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Update on First Financial Bank’s Reward Checking and Savings Accounts
First Financial Bank (AR)

First Financial Bank continues to have very competitive rates on its reward checking and savings accounts, and these accounts are now available to more people than when I last reported on this account in April 2013. The reward checking is called Kasasa Cash, and the savings account is called Kasasa Saver. My first report on these accounts was in January 2013, and the rates have held steady since that time. At the time of my first report, the bank was accepting new customers from any state. That didn’t last long,...

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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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Competitive CD Rate Specials at BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass

Last September I reported on a special 5-year CD at BBVA Compass. That special continues, and there’s also a new 29-month CD special that is also competitive. In addition, a few things have changed at Compass. The 5-year CD special still has a 2.00% APY. The new 29-month CD special has a 1.25% APY. Minimum deposit is $500, and the maximum deposit is $2,500,000 ($250,000 maximum deposit for CD accounts opened online). These rates are listed in the bank’s CD promotion page as of 3/24/2014.

One thing that has changed for...

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Competitive CD Rates at Security Service FCU in TX, CO & UT
Security Service Federal Credit Union

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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14-Month CD Rate Special at Generations FCU in San Antonio, Texas
Generations Federal Credit Union

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...

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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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