Chaffey Federal Credit Union is offering very competitive 5-year CD and IRA CD rates. The best CD rate is 3.49% APY for a $10,000 minimum deposit. The IRA CD rate is even better with a 3.55% APY for a $2,000 minimum deposit. The 3-year CD rates are not as competitive, but they're also a good deal: 2.42% APY 3-year CD with a $10K minimum and 2.52% APY 3-year IRA CD $2K with a minimum. These rates are listed in the credit union's rate pages as of 7/15/2010.
It appears you have to be connected with the school system in the credit union's area to be eligible to become a member. Here' is what the credit union states in its Who Can Join page:
Membership is open to employees, family members and students of schools located in the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valleys, as well as many companies. If you would like to find out if you or your company qualify for membership, please contact a Member Service Representative at 909-986-4552 or 626-968-9329. New Accounts press option 2.
Membership requires a $10 fee and a minimum balance of $5 in the regular share savings account.
Branches are located in the California cities of Ontario, La Puente, Rancho Cucamonga and Walnut.
The credit union's ratings for safety and soundness are mixed: 4 stars (excellent) at BauerFinancial, 2 stars (below peer group) at Bankrate.com and an overall health score of 4 out of 5 at DepositAccounts.com (see our financial overview of Chaffey FCU). These ratings are based on March 2010 data except for Bankrate which is based on 12/31/09 data. The credit union is federally insured by the NCUA (Charter # 16030).