Browse through the stories below to view current deals for Washington banks or select an item from the menu bar above to view current rates in Washington.
Washington State's Lower Valley Credit Union (LVCU) has recently raised the rates to competitive levels on two of its CDs : the 3-Year CD (1.81% APY) and the 5-Year CD (2.27% APY). The 2-Year CD's rate was also raised (1.16% APY), but the rate is not as attractive. The CDs are also available as IRAs and require an initial $500 minimum deposit. Opening a CD with Lower Valley Credit Union requires a visit to a branch office.
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Icon Credit Union has a CD special with a very competitive rate. It’s a 12-month CD with a 1.25% APY. Minimum deposit is $500, and new funds are required. This is a limited time special. The CD is listed in the credit union’s CD page as of 7/9/2014.
Another nice aspect of this credit union is that it offers a free checking account with no minimum balance requirements and no monthly service fees. The credit union is part of the MoneyPass ATM network which allows members access to tens of thousands...Continue Reading
First Republic Bank has again increased its long-term CD rates, and now they are even more competitive. The 6-year CD rate increased 10 basis points to 2.35% APY. The 5-, 4- and 3-year CD rates increased by 25 basis points. The new rates are 2.25% APY for the 5-year CD, 2.00% APY for the 4-year CD and 1.50% APY for the 3-year CD. Minimum deposit is $10,000. These rates are listed at the bank's rates page as of 6/17/2014. Rates may vary by location. You have to select your region...Continue Reading
America's Credit Union is offering two competitive promotional share certificates. One is a 3-year CD with a 1.50% APY, and the second is a 4-year CD with a 1.80% APY. Minimum deposit is $10,000. The rates are listed in the credit union's deposit rates page as of 4/3/2014.
According to the credit union's Truth-in-Savings Certificate Account Disclosure, the early withdrawal penalty is up to 90 days of dividends (interest). Here’s an excerpt:
America’s Credit Union continues to offer a $100 bonus for opening a checking account with direct deposit. I last...Continue Reading
First Republic Bank has recently increased its 5-year and 6-year CD rates, and they’re now competitive. You can get higher rates on the internet, but for those who prefer to open CDs at a branch, these might be appealing. The 6-year CD has a 2.25% APY, and the 5-year CD has a 2.00% APY. Minimum deposit is $5,000. These rates are listed at the bank's rates page as of 4/1/2014. Rates may vary by location. You have to select your region to see the CD rates. I have selected a...Continue Reading
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,...Continue Reading
Gesa Credit Union has competitive rates on its special certificates. The two best deals are the 14-month CD which has a 1.14% APY and a 30-month CD which has a 1.64% APY. There’s also a 5-year CD with a 2.14% APY and a 7-year CD with a 2.34% APY. These rates are listed in the credit union’s savings page as of 3/19/2014. Minimum deposit for consumer certificates is $500, and the minimum for IRA certificates is $2,500. One downside is a maximum deposit. For the 14-month CD, the maximum deposit...Continue Reading
Update: This promotion has been extended to May 30, 2014. The new promo code is ONFT0514.
KeyBank has another checking account promotion. Last month it was giving away a Kindle Fire HD. That has been replaced with a $200 cash bonus. Like before it's an online-only offer, and it’s only available in certain areas of the country that are in KeyBank’s market area (see below). Here’s the link to KeyBank’s promo page. The offer is scheduled to last until May 2, 2014.
The bonus requires that you open a qualifying KeyBank...Continue Reading
Bank of the West has again brought back its $150 checking account promotion. It looks like the same promotion they were offering last year. Just like the last one, there's also a $200 bonus, but that requires a checking account with high monthly service fees that can't be easily waived. These promotions are listed on Bank of the West's home page.
Details for the $150 bonus are listed in this Bank of the West promotions page. The checking account must be opened by 3/7/2014.
To qualify for the full $150 requires the...Continue Reading
KeyBank has another checking account promotion. Unlike its past ones, this one offers a free 16GB Kindle Fire HD instead of cash.That Kindle model is currently selling on Amazon for $169. Like before it's an online-only offer, and it’s only available in certain areas of the country that are in KeyBank’s market area (see below). Here’s the link to KeyBank’s promo page. The offer is scheduled to last until February 28, 2014.
The bonus requires that you open a qualifying KeyBank checking account online and enter offer code ONFT0114 by February...Continue Reading
BancVue makes the case that high-yield reward checking accounts like the Kasasa Cash account are a win-win relationship between the bank and the customer. If that’s the case, reward checking accounts should be sustainable for the long-term. The best evidence of this are reward checking accounts that have a long history of top rates and reasonable balance caps. One example is the Fusion Checking at Advantis Credit Union. I first reported on this account in 2007 when it had a yield of 6.25% with no balance cap. The rate has...Continue Reading
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