Pacific Marine CU (CA) Has Competitive 13-month CD


Availability: Residents of San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, California

At the beginning of July, Pacific Marine Credit Union (PMCU) added a 13-month Share Certificate (1.30% APY) to its product line. The minimum opening deposit is $1K, with a $1M maximum opening deposit.

The 13-month Share Certificate is also available as an IRA (Traditional and Roth), earning the same APY and with the same funding requirements.

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

Military Saver Certificates

PMCU also has a series of Military Saver Certificates for active duty military personnel, which appear to have fairly decent rates, particularly the 1-Year (3.00% APY). Unfortunately, the stated 3.00% APY isn’t as good as it appears at first glance.

3.00%$100$500Frontwave Credit Union1 Year Military Saver Certificates
Rates as of November 18, 2018.

"Saver" should have tipped me off: this is essentially a 1-Year savings account that has a maximum deposit of $500 per month throughout the life of the Certificate, or a maximum deposit of $6K. The math works out this way:

Twelve $500 monthly deposits x 3.00% APY = $97.06 (1.618% blended APY).


Pacific Marine Credit Union’s field of membership is quite straightforward: individuals who live, work, or worship in San Diego, Riverside, or San Bernardino Counties are eligible for membership.

In addition, individuals who are immediate family members of current PMCU members also qualify for membership.

Joining PMCU and/or opening the 13-month Share Certificate can be done online or in person at any of 13 California branches located in Barstow, Camp Pendleton (2), Oceanside (2), San Diego (2), San Marcos, Temecula (2), Twentynine Palms, Vista, and Yucca Valley.

The application process can also be initiated by filling out a contact form.

Use our online form to Contact Us, and we will follow up with you within 48 business hours.

Credit Union Overview

Pacific Marine Credit Union has an overall health grade of "A" at, with a Texas ratio of 1.02% (excellent), based on March 31, 2015 data. In the past year, PMCU has increased its total deposits by $2.05 Million, an above average annual growth rate of 0.34%. Please refer to our financial overview of Pacific Marine Credit Union for more details.

Pacific Marine Credit Union was established in 1952 as Camp Pendleton Federal Credit Union, serving the financial needs of Marines, Sailors, and civilian military employees in Southern California.

The good old days...Cadillacs had fins, the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn, Elvis was just an unknown kid from Tupelo, Dwight D. Eisenhower was President, and there was no such thing as Personal Computers.

63 years later, Pacific Marine Credit Union's field of membership has expanded to include the 2nd, 4th, and 5th most populous counties in California, with current membership of 75,700+ and assets in excess of $712 Million.

How the CD Compares

When compared to the 302 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by, requiring a similar minimum deposit and available to California residents, Pacific Marine Credit Union’s 13-month Share Certificate currently tops the list.

The above rates are accurate as of 7/11/2015.

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Anonymous   |     |   Comment #1
Nasty branch near me. I am sensitive to sunlight. Forced removal of cap with visor, sunglasses to enter. Then waiting as long as 1/2 hour with nobody in branch ahead of me and several employees there. Must verify everything to death, including verbally answering name, address, etc. already printed on deposit slips and that none of them have changed.  Made to feel like potential bank robber even  after enough visits so tellers should recognize me by sight. Withdrew my six-figures to another (big) bank where tellers are always nice and make me remove nothing or be interrogated when presenting deposit slip preprinted.
Me1   |     |   Comment #2
Maybe you're a shady looking character. I don't even know you, but based on your comment, I don't care to much for you, either. Oh, and thanks for telling everyone on there internet that you withdrew "six-figures." Classy.
Competitive CD & IRA CD Rates at Pacific Marine Credit Union in SoCal

Pacific Marine Credit Union is offering several competitive CD and IRA CD rates. The best deal is the 5-year IRA CD which has a 2.25% APY. The regular 5-year CD has a 2.15% APY. Minimum deposit is $1,000. These rates are listed in the credit union's rate sheet as of 3/6/2012.

One downside to this credit union's share certificates is a very harsh early withdrawal penalty. According to the credit union's Truth-in-Savings disclosure, the EWP is equal to all dividends earned for withdrawals after 6 days from opening.

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