Deal Summary: 12-month CD, 1.30% APY, no minimum deposit
Capital One made a large increase to its 1-year 360 CD rate. The APY increased 40 basis points to 1.30%. This rate increase brings the 1-year CD to a competitive level. Capital One now has competitive online CD rates with terms from one to five years.
One thing to note is that this is a 360 CD from Capital One. Capital One 360 no longer exists as a separate entity. It’s now under Capital One. All of the Capital One 360 products still exist with the same names as before, but they’re now offered from the CapitalOne.com website. CapitalOne360.com now forwards visitors to CapitalOne.com.
Capital One 360 CDs have no minimum deposit requirement or maximum balance cap. As stated in the Capital One CD account disclosure, the Early Withdrawal Penalty reads as follows:
For a CD with a twelve (12) month or shorter term, the penalty is three (3) months interest, regardless of when you redeem the account prior to maturity.
For a CD with a term greater than twelve (12) months, the penalty is six (6) months of interest regardless of when you redeem the account prior to maturity.
One new feature that Capital One recently added to their 360 CDs is the 10-day rate lock guarantee. As stated in the CD account disclosure , the guarantee reads as follows:
We will lock interest rates for up to 10 calendar days if you fund your account within this time period. We will also match any interest rate increases during this 10-day period, up to the time you fund your account.
This looks very similar to the Ally Ten Day Best Rate Guarantee.
A noteworthy aspect of Capital One 360 is their online CD management software that makes it very easy to open and close CDs. To test this software, I opened up a small 360 CD at Capital One last year. Once the CD is opened, you can view the details of the CD when you log in. An important detail listed is the current early redemption value. Next to the early redemption value is a “close” link. By clicking this link, you can close the CD at almost any time and have the funds moved to your checking account. When I tried this last year, the CD funds (minus the early withdrawal penalty) were immediately available in my Capital One 360 checking account.
Capital One 360 CDs do have some downsides. First, Capital One does not permit partial withdrawals of principal during the term of the account. If a withdrawal request is made, the entire principal will be withdrawn and the early withdrawal penalty will be applied.
Another downside is that Capital One does not allow payable-on-death (POD) beneficiaries on their online accounts.
Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One has a large branch network in several states, but its online products under the 360 brand, are only available online or by phone. Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a valid Social Security number can open an account at Capital One's website.
CDs may be opened online or by phone (800.289.1992). The opening deposit must be made from a personal checking account.
The Capital One account disclosure states:
Account opening deposit must be from a personal checking account only. Please note:
We don't accept brokerage, money market or savings accounts (institutions put restrictions on these types of accounts that prevent electronic transfers).
If your check has the words "Payable Through" with another bank name listed near the memo field, it can't be linked.
Capital One (FDIC Certificate # 4297) has an overall health grade of "A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 6.09% (excellent), based on September 30, 2016 data. In the past year, Capital One has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $10.63 billion, an excellent annual growth rate of 5.33%. Please refer to our financial overview of Capital One for more details.
Capital One has both a large branch network and a large internet banking unit. The internet banking unit used to operate as Capital One 360. In 2012, Capital One acquired the internet bank, ING Direct, and in 2013, ING Direct was converted into Capital One 360.
How the CD Compares
When compared to 205 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that are available nationally, 15 banks and credit unions have higher rates. Below is a sample of these:
|Interest Rate||Account Name||Credit Union/Bank|
|1.45% APY||12-month Jumbo Share Certificate ($10k min)||Andrews Federal Credit Union|
|1.40% APY||12-month online CD ($10k min)||PurePoint Financial|
|1.30% APY||12-Month 360 CD (no min)||Capital One|
The above rates are accurate as of 3/1/2017.