New Jersey-based Garden Savings Federal Credit Union (Garden Savings FCU) began the month by adding 67 bps to its 5-year Share Certificate (2.53% APY). The minimum opening deposit is $500, with no stated balance cap. Added to the product line in April 2010, the 5-year Share Certificate’s previous rate (1.86% APY) had been in effect since October 2016.
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The 5-year Share Certificate is featured as a “Certificate Special” on Credit Union’s home page. The “Read More” link connects to the Certificate Special page, which shows the now expired 2-year Certificate Special. CSR confirmed that the 2-year is no longer available and that the 5-year is currently being offered at 2.53% APY.
The Share Certificate is also available as an IRA (Traditional, Roth, CESA) earning the same APY, with the same funding requirements.
Deposits at Garden Savings FCU are fully insured up to $500,000: to at least $250,000 by the NCUA and $250,000 by Excess Share Insurance, the nation’s largest provider of excess share insurance since 1993.
As stated on Certificates page, the Early Withdrawal Penalty reads as follows:
On terms of 1 year or greater, early withdrawal penalty is 180 days of dividends earned.
The mild EWP makes the 5-year Share Certificate Special even more attractive. DA’s EWP Calculator details on a month-by-month basis what the effective yields would be. For instance,
- 1.70% APY, closed at 18 months
- 1.91% APY, closed at 2 years
- 2.13% APY, closed at 3 years
- 2.23% APY, closed at 4 years
Thanks to DA reader, SYC, for a Forum post about the 5-year Share Certificate.
Headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, Garden Savings Federal Credit Union’s field of membership (FOM) provides almost any U.S. citizen with a way to join.
Easy Membership - Members of the American Consumer Council (ACC) are eligible to join Garden Savings FCU.
Residency - Individuals who live, work, worship, attend school, volunteer, or regularly conduct business in the New Jersey cities of Elizabeth, Newark, or Jersey City qualify for membership.
Employment - Employees, retirees, and volunteers of more than 125 businesses and organizations qualify for membership.
Family Relationship - Immediate family members of current Garden Savings FCU members are eligible to join.
More than a year ago, DA reader, Sylvia, pointed out in a Forum post that Garden Savings FCU “is not a very tech smooth CU.” Things are looking up for the Credit Union, with the addition of a new online application. It’s a fairly standard document, but I did notice this statement regarding joint accounts.
If another person will be joint on your accounts,
they must enter and validate their personal information.
The online application is not without its issues: when I selected “CDs” on the first page of the online application, I read "No products of this type are available at this time." CSR stated that the online application actually has two parts, and what I was seeing was the initial part. Once your application has been approved, you can open a CD online.
The Membership Application can still be downloaded and returned by fax, snail mail, or email.
Garden Savings FCU also has five full-service New Jersey branches located in Dover, Maplewood, Newark, New Providence, and Parsippany.
Credit Union Overview
Garden Savings Federal Credit Union has an overall health grade of "B" at DepositAccounts.com, with an above average Texas Ratio of 15.21%, based on June 30, 2017 data. In the past year, Garden Savings FCU has increased its total deposits by $28.42 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 9.88%. Please refer to our financial overview of Garden Savings Federal Credit Union (NCUA Charter #18710) for more details.
Garden Savings Federal Credit Union is currently New Jersey’s sixth largest credit union, with more than 27,500 members and assets in excess of $358 million. Originally founded in 1968 for the benefit of the employees of AT&T Bell Laboratories (known today as Alcatel-Lucent) employees, Garden Savings FCU expanded their FOM in 1985 to include other SEGs, as well residents of the county seats of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties, New Jersey. In 2013 and 2014, Garden Savings FCU merged with Morristown FCU, NWNJ FCU, and Essex Division Telephone FCU.
How the Share Certificate Compares
When compared to the 181 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are available nationally, Garden Savings Federal Credit Union’s 5-year Share Certificate APY currently ranks third.
The above rates are accurate as of 11/2/2017.
To search for the best CD rates, both nationwide and state specific, please refer to the CD rates section of DepositAccounts.com or our Rates Map page.