Air Force FCU Has Competitive Nationwide 1- and 2-year CDs

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Deal Summary: 1-year (2.30% APY) and 2-year (2.55% APY) Share Certificates, $1k minimum deposit. 7-year (3.20% APY) Share Certificate, $2.5k minimum deposit.

Availability: Easy membership through the Airman Heritage Foundation; employees (military and civilian) of Department of Defense in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas; honorably discharged veterans.

Over the weekend, Air Force Federal Credit Union (AFFCU) raised the rates on all of its Share Certificates, with the 1-year (2.30% APY) and 2-year (2.55% APY) the most competitive. The minimum opening deposit for the 1-, 2- and 3-year Share Certificates is $1k, while the 5- and 7- year require a minimum $2.5k.

APYMINMAXINSTITUTIONPRODUCTDETAILS
3.20*%$2.5k-AFFCU7 Year CD
2.90*%$2.5k-AFFCU5 Year CD
2.60*%$1k-AFFCU3 Year CD
2.55*%$1k-AFFCU2 Year CD
2.30*%$1k-AFFCU1 Year CD
Rates as of November 14, 2018.

In the past eleven months, the 1- and 2-year Share Certificates each had five rates increases, adding a total of 139 bps and 149 bps, respectively. The current APYs are the highest for both since DA began tracking them in late 2009. In the past, AFFCU Share Certificates had tiered APYs based on deposit levels, but the Rates page lists the same APY for each of the five different deposit tiers.

The Share Certificates are also available as IRAs (Traditional, Roth, and CESA), earning the same APYs with the same funding requirements.

APYMINMAXINSTITUTIONPRODUCTDETAILS
3.20*%$2.5k-AFFCU7 Year IRA
2.90*%$2.5k-AFFCU5 Year IRA
2.60*%$1k-AFFCU3 Year IRA
2.55*%$1k-AFFCU2 Year IRA
2.30*%$1k-AFFCU1 Year IRA
Rates as of November 14, 2018.

As stated in the Truth-in-Savings Account Disclosure (part of the online application), the Early Withdrawal Penalty reads as follows:

The penalty we may impose will equal one half of the dividends that would accrue from the date of the withdrawal to the maturity date applying the contracted rate on the certificate based to the amount withdrawn over and above any dividends credited or accrued to the certificate to date of withdrawal.

Air Force FCU’s Member Rewards program lets you “earn more money on your certificate,” with an additional 10 or 20 bps applied when opening a certificate.

If you have an Air Force FCU loan AND checking account with direct deposit – receive a 20 basis point bonus reward.

If you have an Air Force FCU loan OR checking account with direct deposit – receive a 10 basis point bonus reward.

Availability

Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Air Force Federal Credit Union's field of membership (FOM) is primarily (and historically) comprised of military and civilian employees of the Department of Defense, but membership is open to all U.S. residents through the Airman Heritage Foundation.

A list of more than 50 organizations and companies that qualify for membership is available on the AFFCU’s website. The majority of these qualifying organizations are Department of Defense related and are located in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.

About a year ago, AFFCU announced that the FOM had expanded to include military veterans.

The new FOM will now allow AFFCU to include honorably discharged veterans who served in any of the Armed Services of the United States listed in its charter and members of their immediate families or households.

Joining AFFCU and/or opening a CD can be done online or in person at any of eight Texas branches located in Del Rio, San Antonio (6), and Schertz.

Credit Union Overview

Air Force Federal Credit Union has an overall health grade of "B+" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 6.64% (excellent) based on December 31, 2017 data. In the past year, AFFCU has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $10.98 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 3.18%. Please refer to our financial overview of Air Force Federal Credit Union (NCUA Charter # 8169) for more details.

Established in 1952, Air Force Federal Credit Union takes pride in "being built from the ground up by Airmen volunteers." With more than 43,300 members and assets in excess of $387 million, AFFCU has been named "Credit Union of the Year" (less than $1 billion in assets category) by the United States Air Force in 1996 and 2013.

How the Share Certificates Compare

When compared to the 203 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are available nationally, Air Force Federal Credit Union’s 1-Year Share Certificate APY currently ranks second.

When compared to the 197 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are available nationally, Air Force Federal Credit Union’s 2-Year Share Certificate APY currently ranks third.

7-Year Share Certificate

It’s hard to get excited about a 7-year CD that earns 3.20% APY, when 2-year CD APYs are nearing 3.00%. I’ve included this comparison simply because Air Force FCU’s 7-Year Share Certificate currently has the top APY for its term length category.

The above rates are accurate as of 5/7/2018.

To look for the best CD rates, both nationwide and in your state, please refer to our CD Rates Table page.

Related Pages: San Antonio CD rates, 1-year CD rates, 5-year CD rates, nationwide deals

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Air Force FCU Offers Competitive 1- and 2-Year CDs Nationwide
Deal Summary: 1-year Share Certificate, 1.56% APY; 2-year Share Certificate, 1.80% APY; $1k minimum deposit.

Availability: Easy membership through the Airman Heritage Foundation; employees (military and civilian) of Department of Defense in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas; honorably discharged veterans.

More important than these Share Certificates is the following announcement on Air Force Federal Credit Union’s website.

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