Five Star Bank (NY) Adds 8-Month CD Special


UPDATE: 8/30/2017 - No longer available.

Deal Summary: 8-Month CD Special, 2.00% APY, $500 min/$250k max new money, TotalValue Premier Checking account required. Money Market Special, 1.35% APY (guaranteed until August 31, 2017), $1k min, checking relationship required.

Availability: Market area is 18 western New York counties.

Five Star Bank has added an 8-month CD Special that earns 2.00% APY. The minimum deposit is $500 of new money, with a balance cap of $250k. A TotalValue Premier Checking account, which is a variable rate account, is required to open the 8-month CD Special.

The 8-month CD Special is also available as an IRA, earning the same APY with the same funding and checking relationship requirements.

According to CSR, the Early Withdrawal Penalty is all earned interest.

TotalValue Premier Checking

Currently, the TotalValue Premier Checking account tiered interest rates are:

  • 0.15% APY on balances between $0.01 - $24,999.99
  • 0.25% APY on balances between $25,000.00 - $49,999.99
  • 0.30% APY on balances of $50,000.00 or more.

The minimum opening deposit is $25. There is also a $15 monthly maintenance fee that can be avoided partially or completely.

Receive a $6.00 savings when you: Receive your monthly statement electronically OR have an average ledger balance of $5,000 or more for the activity period.

Receive an additional $9.00 Savings when you ALSO: Have combined total consumer deposit accounts and/or loan balances of $25,000 or more for the activity period, OR Perform at least 25 Point-of-Sale Five Star Bank Debit Card/ATM Card transactions during the activity period, OR Perform at least 6 NetTeller Bill Pay Transactions during the activity period.

Money Market Special

Five Star Bank is also offering a Money Market Special (1.35% APY on balances between $10k and $999,999.99), with the stated rate guaranteed until August 31, 2017. Balances below $10k earn 0.05% APY, with balances of $1m and above earning 0.15% APY.

The minimum opening deposit is $1k of new money, which is defined as "not having been on deposit with Five Star Bank within the last 90 days.” A new or existing checking relationship is also required to receive the stated APY.

Must have an existing consumer checking account with Five Star Bank or open a
new consumer checking account in branch by 5/31/2017 to obtain the special rate.

There is a limit of one new Money Market Special per household and must be opened in-branch by May 31, 2017; business and municipal customers are not eligible. The $15 monthly maintenance fee can be avoided by maintaining a minimum average daily balance of $5k.


Headquartered in Warsaw, New York, Five Star Bank’s market area covers western New York State.

Opening a CD, or taking advantage of the Money Market rate promotion, must be done in person at any of 53 New York branches, located in 18 western New York counties.

Five Star Bank’s online banking platform, NetTeller, is currently limited to account management and bill payment services.

Bank Overview

Five Star Bank has an overall health grade of "A" at, with a Texas Ratio of 1.28% (excellent) as of December 31, 2016 data. In the past year, the Bank has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $209.7 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 8.37%. Please refer to our financial overview of Five Star Bank (FDIC Certificate # 659) for more details.

Established in 1881 as the Salamanca Trust Company, Five Star Bank is currently New York State’s 27th largest bank, with assets in excess of $3.6 billion. The Bank’s name was changed in 1996 to First Tier Bank & Trust. The latest rebrand occurred in 2005, following the acquisition of three western New York State banks (Bath National Bank, Wyoming County Bank, and National Bank of Geneva) and the relocation of Bank’s headquarters to Warsaw.

How the CD Special Compares

When compared to the 226 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by, requiring a similar minimum deposit and available in western New York State, Five Star Bank’s 8-Month CD Special APY currently ranks first.

To look for the best CD rates, both nationwide and state specific, please refer to our CD rates table or our Rates Map page.

How the Money Market Special Compares

When compared to the 202 Money Market Accounts tracked by that are available in western New York State, Five Star Bank’s Money Market Special APY currently ranks first.

To look for the best Money Market Account rates, both nationwide and state specific, please refer to our Money Market Account rates table or our Rates Map page.

The above rates are accurate as of 5/22/2017.

Related Pages: Buffalo money market accounts, Rochester money market accounts, Syracuse money market accounts, Elmira money market accounts, money market accounts, 1-year CD rates

Kaight   |     |   Comment #1
This is one heckuva deal. Thank you, Ken.
barry_NY   |     |   Comment #2
1.35% "APY" until 8/31? Not really an "APY" then. Their rate should be listed as an APR, adjusted for their non-promotional rate.
John   |     |   Comment #3
I wish I had a relative in Western NY to wire $200k.
jimdog   |     |   Comment #4
This is just the start of many more deals to come so keep your powder dry.
Att   |     |   Comment #5
A few years back we had some 3% deals. Still not seeing any offers like that.
anonymously   |     |   Comment #6
Had an account with Five Star a couple of years ago. The rate is excellent.....the only downside is that Five Star uses an online interface called Netteller for online banking. IMHO its terrible....and painful to use....... to such an extent that I will not bank with them again.
recklessmax   |     |   Comment #7
open in branch is dealbraker.. who goes into a brand these days
Kaight   |     |   Comment #10
Well, they DO have a great many conveniently located branches . . . provided you're in Western NY, of course.
nick   |     |   Comment #8
Must notify bank at maturity NOT to renew....10 day grace period provided......Was told.internal systems are not capable of automatically transferring certificate monies at maturity into checking account. . Also Five Star Banking system does not work with Ally's instant external link verification system. Must use trial deposits which will take 1-3 days to establish link plus additional time to transfer funds once link is established.
Kaight   |     |   Comment #9
Couldn't you just take them in a check? That way you might get a day or two of double interest.
Kaight   |     |   Comment #11
This deal is . . . er, no . . . make that was, a very good deal. Ken's deal advice is dated May twentieth, and appears not to have been updated since then. In reality, this great deal died a mean and ugly death way back in July. So if you're planning a vacation trip to NY with hope of taking advantage of this amazing 2% interest rate, you might want to make other plans.

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