Deal Summary: 30-month CD, 1.55% APY, Allows one penalty-free withdrawal
This week AgFed Credit Union brought back its 30-month No Penalty CD (1.55% APY). The rate is a little higher than the last time AgFed offered this special. Like before, it’s a “limited time offer” with a minimum deposit of $1k and no maximum balance cap. New money is required to open the CD. Dividends can be received quarterly.
The No Penalty CD allows the member to withdraw once without incurring a penalty. According to AgFed’s Truth-in-Savings Disclosure:
One withdrawal may be made during the original term of the certificate with no penalty imposed. Subsequent early withdrawals may be subject to a penalty as outlined in the Early Withdrawal Penalties disclosure.
If additional withdrawals are made, the following early withdrawal penalty applies:
If the certificate term is greater than 11 months but less than 60 months, the member shall forfeit an amount equal to the lesser of: (A) All dividends for 180 days on the amount withdrawn, or (B) All dividends on the amount withdrawn since the date of issuance or renewal.
For a 30-month term, the rate isn’t anything to get excited about, but the no-penalty feature makes it similar to a savings account. When compared to savings accounts, this No Penalty CD looks very attractive.
Thanks to DA Member, Cumulus, for his Forum posting on this CD.
AgFed Credit Union is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and its field of membership is broad and diverse. You are eligible for membership if you meet any of the following prerequisites :
Residency: Any person who lives, works, worships, volunteers, attends school in, and any businesses and other legal entities in the District of Columbia.
Employment: Any current or retired employee of 60+ Select Employee Groups.
Family Relationship: Any person related by blood, adoption or marriage to a member (except relatives of members who have been expelled from the Credit Union).
Easy Membership: If you don’t qualify through any of the above methods, you can become a member of The Friends of the National Zoo or The Friends of the National Arboretum for $20 (one-time only, non-refundable dues), and be eligible for AgFed membership. Using AgFed’s online application allows you to join either association as part of the AgFed membership application process.
Credit Union Overview
AgFed Credit Union (NCUA Charter # 16400) has an overall health grade of "A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas ratio of 7.38% (excellent) based on September 30, 2016 data. In the past year, AgFed has increased its total deposits by $15.08 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 6.93%. Please refer to our financial overview of AgFed Credit Union for more details.
AgFed Credit Union (originally known as the Agriculture Federal Credit Union) was started by the United States Department of Agriculture and chartered by the NCUA in 1934. It has grown to over 23,000 members nationwide, with assets in excess of $279 million. AgFed is very involved in community non-profit organizations, actively participating in the Washington D.C.’s Bread for the City, Children’s Medical Center, and Habitat for Humanity.
How the CD Compares
Comparing AgFed’s 30-month No Penalty CD to other similar length-of-term CDs is misleading since other CDs don’t have the No Penalty feature. The highest 36-month CD rate that’s nationally available is 1.81% APY at EverBank. The highest savings account rate is 1.25% APY at PurePoint Financial. The EverBank CD term is 6 months longer and it has an early withdrawal penalty. PurePoint Financial savings account has no guarantee period for the rate. As can be seen, the 30-month No Penalty CD rate is in the middle of these two.
The above rates are accurate as of 3/3/2017.