Crestmark Bank Leads With 6-Month CD

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Deal Summary: 6-month CD (2.00% APY), 9-month CD (2.05% APY), 12-month CD (2.20% APY), $25k minimum deposit.

Availability: Nationwide

In November, I wrote about Crestmark Bank’s (Crestmark) short-term CDs that were rate leaders at the time. Following recent rate increases, the 6-month CD (2.00% APY), 9-month CD (2.05% APY), and 12-month CD (2.20% APY) are again in the forefront. The minimum opening deposit is $25k, with no stated balance. While Crestmark’s website lists two deposit tiers ($25k and $100k), the APYs are the same for both.

APYMINMAXINSTITUTIONPRODUCTDETAILS
0.90*%$25k-Crestmark Bank6 Month CD
Rates as of July 20, 2018.

Crestmark has the distinction of being the first bank to offer 2.00% APY on a 6-month CD. Since I last wrote about the 6- and 9-month CDs in November, the APYs have increased by 38 and 40 bps, respectively. In the past nine months, the 12-month CD's APY has jumped by 110 bps in several rate increases.

As stated in the Certificates of Deposit FAQs the Early Withdrawal Penalty reads as follows:

6 Month CD: 3 Months of Interest
9 Month CD: 4 Months of Interest
12 Month CD: 6 Months of Interest

Funding a CD can be done through ACHs, wires, or checks. Funds need to be received by the Bank within five business days of the application submission. Accounts are not considered to be opened until funds are received.

As DA readers are well aware, gaining access to maturing funds can sometimes be a daunting process. The Certificates of Deposit FAQs clearly describes the procedure.

Q: What do I do when my account comes to maturity?

Send a fax to (248) 641-5104 with your instructions as to whether you would like to renew your CD or redeem it. We will send your funds via check or wire transfer at no charge. Or you may email your request to cd@crestmark.com with your request as a pdf attachment. All requests require an authorized signature to be processed. If requesting a redemption and you would like the funds sent to you by wire or ACH, please include your bank’s routing number and your account number and whether it is to be sent to your checking or savings account.

Availability

Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, Crestmark Bank is a nationally recognized business-to-business lender that “specializes in diverse financial solutions for small-to-medium sized businesses.”

In the past, Crestmark offered its CDs intermittently, based on the Bank's desire to fund certain projects. That strategy has change, with Crestmark now offering CDs on consistent basis.

Since I last wrote about Crestmark, an online application has been added to the Bank’s website. As Crestmark’s sole branch location in Troy does not accommodate in-person CD transactions, a CD must be opened online.

Bank Overview

Crestmark Bank has an overall health grade of "A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 5.12% (excellent) based on December 31, 2017 data. In the past year, the Bank has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $252.72 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 48.32%. Please refer to our financial overview of Crestmark Bank (FDIC Certificate # 34353) for more details.

Founded by W. David Tull in October 1996, Crestmark Bank is currently the 13th largest bank headquartered in Michigan, with assets in excess of $1.2 billion. Tull recognized a niche market - “small-to-medium sized businesses that needed funding the more traditional banks could not provide” – and developed a solution. Crestmark has widened its original target market (manufacturing, service, and transportation industries) to include apparel, footwear, and home furnishings, while opening new offices in California, Florida, Louisiana, New York, and Tennessee. Crestmark.

How the CDs Compare

When compared to the similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that are nationally available, Crestmark Bank’s 6-month CD APY currently ranks first, regardless of minimum deposit.

When compared to the similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that are nationally available, Crestmark Bank’s 9-month CD APY currently ranks first, regardless of minimum deposit.

*Note: Melrose Credit Union is currently operating under an NCUA conservatorship.

When compared to the similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that are nationally available, Crestmark Bank’s 12-month CD APY currently ranks second, regardless of minimum deposit. Two other internet banks – EBSB Direct and iGObanking – are offering the same 1-year APY as Crestmark Bank.

The above rates are accurate as of 3/24/2018.

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

Related Pages: Detroit CD rates, 1-year CD rates, nationwide deals, Internet banks

Comments


RJM
RJM   |     |   Comment #2
The rates sound good. Sending a fax or a PDF to get my money, not so much.

Thanks but no thanks Crestmark.
rzelman
rzelman   |     |   Comment #3
I don't see that as a big deal. A wire is the fastest way to access your funds and being free beats an ACH transfer and subsequent loss of interest. This is far more relevant than how you contact them.
RJM
RJM   |     |   Comment #4
I did not realize wire was free. But I don't have a fax and I'm not sure how to do a PDF. I probably cant do one without a copier. I have a printer but not a scanner or copier. So the fax or pdf impediment remains.

The 6 month term is interesting and the 1 year too as I have several large CDs coming due In June. One in April.

Wish Ally would do another no penalty deal at 2%.
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #5
Just print out the email with the form. Sign it. Take photo of form w your signature. Email it to yourself and then send it to them - easy I do it all the time when banks or CU want me to fill out paperwork. Haven’t faxed in ages.
RJM
RJM   |     |   Comment #6
Sorry, I should have clarified. I don't do smart phones.
kaight not kaight
kaight not kaight   |     |   Comment #7
Google "free pdf convertor"

Or call the bank or credit union and ask.

A $25 scanner has lots of practical uses.
RJM
RJM   |     |   Comment #8
I had one with my old printer but not with the new one.
Sylvia
Sylvia   |     |   Comment #9
Some libraries in my area offer free use of scanners. A rare few have combination scanner/fax machines. If interested, check with those in your area. I’d be more concerned about transmitting sensitive financial info by unsecured email. The free wire is a nice touch. Better if process was integrated with their online banking.
111
111   |     |   Comment #10
Another option is Comment # 5 with modification - Just print out the email with the form. Sign it. Take photo of the form with your signature USING A DIGITAL CAMERA (most cameras sold in the last 15-plus years are digital, and have USB ports, removable memory cards or both). Transfer the jpeg (or similar file format) to your PC, then email it to the financial institution. No fax, smartphone or scanner required.
RJM
RJM   |     |   Comment #12
Much easier for the bank to get into the 20th century though.

I don't have a digital camera either.

Library is a good idea.
lr5558
lr5558   |     |   Comment #13
It appears that the interest rate is "simple" interest...not compounded.
kaight not kaight
kaight not kaight   |     |   Comment #14
What do you think that means?
rzelman
rzelman   |     |   Comment #17
They will ACH your monthly interest to any account you designate which will in effect compound your interest.
itserich
itserich   |     |   Comment #20
Withdrawing the interest monthly is the opposite of compounding.
Sylvia
Sylvia   |     |   Comment #18
When comparing rates, APY is the relevant measure. Simple interest would not be cause for concern except to the extent that it’s an indication of the bank’s equally simple systems. I prefer financial institutions that can easily handle daily compounding and monthly posting of interest. The fact that Crestmark would accept wire requests by regular e-mail, where your banking info would be unprotected, is a more alarming sign of system simplicity. If liquidity is what you desire, there are nationally available savings accounts within spitting range of their 6 month CD rate that call for far less than $25K to open (Crestmark's minimum for its CDs), and with no risk of incurring 3 months of EWP.
rzelman
rzelman   |     |   Comment #19
The last time I communicated with them by email they were using a Barracuda Email Encryption system,
itserich
itserich   |     |   Comment #21
You genuinely think banks have trouble calculating compound interest?

I can't imagine how those banks manage interest for savings and checking accounts, where balances change daily.
Sylvia
Sylvia   |     |   Comment #22
The issue is less about calculating power and more about administrative burden. I suspect they lack either the capacity or willingness to assume that burden.
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #24
These banks have multiple millions in loans and accounts those comments are silly - we don’t really know why they have simple interest so please let’s not speculate over this. You want the rate to apply, you don’t - then don’t apply but these hypothetical guesses and tangents are silly
Blissful Ignorance
Blissful Ignorance   |     |   Comment #25
Anonymous, try to understand. What is silly is questioning why some banks pay simple interest. It is not relevant, like so many random thoughts on this board.
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