Earlier this month CNBBankDirect reduced its CD rates, but its rates remained competitive. As of 1/26/2011, the rates are 1.35% APY for 1 year, 1.50% APY for 18 months and 1.65% APY 2 years. The 18-month CD rate is the most competitive one. For a nationally available CD, only Alliant Credit Union's Jumbo 18-month CD has a higher rate (currently 1.55% APY).
One positive change is the improvements CNBBankDirect made to its website. The CD details are now clearly listed on the bank's CD page. The CD features remain the same as before:
- $25K minimum, $250K maximum deposit
- Must have existing CNBBankDirect savings account
- CD funded from funds in the CNBBankDirect savings account
- Interest can be paid into savings account or added to CD
- Early withdrawal penalty is 90 days of interest on amount withdrawn for terms of 12 months and under. It's 180 days for terms over 12 months.
- At maturity, you can specify closure instructions using their "Certificate Redemption Form". Funds would then be transferred to your CNBBankDirect savings account.
Some might think the online savings account requirement is a pain, but at least it makes the CD funding and withdrawal easier. You can just use the bank's ACH bank-to-bank transfer service to deposit and withdraw money from the savings account. Last year a reader provided a review of this savings account and its transfer service:
The online access system is no-frills but usable. You can only transfer back to the account you used to set up the account, so make certain you fund from the right account with your opening deposit. The interest rate has been very good, but not the best available. ACH transfers happen very quickly so that is a plus with this account. It is possible to pull money out of this account if you issue the instruction from another bank, but CNB doesn't like to tell you that.
The savings account used to have very competitive rates. Back in September 2008 they had 6-month promo offering 4.00% APY on the entire balance. The account stayed fairly competitive after the promotion, but it's no longer on the top list of the best rates. The rate is now 1.20% APY as of 1/26/2011.
CNB Bank Direct Overview
CNB Bank Direct is a division of Citizens National Bank, based in Bluffton, OH. Citizens National Bank is a small bank with $402 million in deposits. When I reported on the bank in 2008, it had only $350 million in deposits so the internet savings account seems to have helped raise their deposits.
Citizens National Bank has an overall health score at DepositAccounts.com of 3 out of 5 with a Texas Ratio of 19.61% (excellent) based on September 2010 data. Please refer to our financial overview of Citizens National Bank for more details. The bank has been a FDIC member since 1934 (FDIC Certificate # 6531).
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