Ohio-based General Electric Credit Union (GECU) is currently offering two Share Bump Certificates: 3-year (3.05% APY) and 5-year (3.30% APY). The minimum opening deposit is $500 with no stated balance cap.
As stated on the Share Certificates page,
During the term of this certificate, the certificate owner has the option to initiate a rate adjustment one time per year during the term of their certificate to the prevailing GECU rate on that product. The certificate owner must provide a written or verbal request. One rate adjustment per year is reflective of an anniversary year, based on the certificate open date.
Yes, you read that right: you’re not limited to one rate bump during the entire term of the Certificate, but one rate bump every year.
Both Share Bump Certificates are available as IRAs (Traditional and Roth), earning the same APYs, with the same funding requirements.
As stated in GECU’s Terms and Conditions brochure, the Early Withdrawal Penalty reads as follows:
For certificate terms of 18 months or greater, you will incur a 180-day
dividend penalty on the amount withdrawn if completed prior to maturity.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, General Electric Credit Union's field of membership (FOM) is varied, with residency, employment, and organizational membership as defining criteria.
Residency: Individuals who live, work, worship, or attend school in the Ohio counties of Adams, Brown, Butler, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren are eligible for membership.
Individuals who live, work, worship, or attend school in the Kentucky counties of Boone, Campbell, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton also qualify for membership.
Individuals who live or work in the Indiana counties of Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Switzerland and Union are eligible to join.
Church Affiliation: Parishioners of All Saints Church, Assumption Catholic Parish, Crestview Presbyterian Church, Forest Chapel United Methodist Church, Glen Este Church of Christ, North Cincinnati Community Church, Sharonville United Methodist Church, St. Michael’s Church, or True Holiness Covenant of the Peace Woodlawn Assembly are welcome to apply for membership.
Relationship: Immediate family members (spouse, child, sibling, parent, grandparent/grandchild, step parents/children/siblings, and adoptive relationships) of a current GECU member are eligible to join.
Employment: Employees and pensioners of the General Electric Company in the Greater Cincinnati area, and the General Electric Company Aircraft Engine Division comprise the largest SEGs offering membership eligibility.
Please refer to GECU's Membership Information page for a comprehensive description of membership eligibility requirements. There are more than 335 SEGs that offer membership in GECU as an employee benefit.
Joining GECU and/or opening a Share Bump Certificate can be done online, or at any of 12 Ohio branches located in Blue Ash, Cincinnati (8), Fairfield, Loveland, and Mason, or at the sole Kentucky branch located in Madisonville, or by mail. GECU’s Membership and Account Application is available as a PDF for download.
Credit Union Overview
General Electric Credit Union has an overall health grade of "A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 5.28% (excellent), based on March 31, 2018 data. In the past year, GECU has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $36.51 million, an above average annual growth rate of 1.7%. Please refer to our financial overview of General Electric Credit Union (NCUA Charter # 68574) for more details.
General Electric Credit Union was chartered in 1954 as a credit union for the employees of General Electric Aircraft Engines. In the 1980s, GECU expanded its FOM to include SEGs, and in 2007 a further expansion included residents of select counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. GECU is currently Ohio’s second largest credit union, with assets in excess of $2.85 billion, more than 183,000 members, and over 272,000 member accounts.
How the Share Bump Certificates Compare
When compared to the 273 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are available within the FOM, General Electric Credit Union’s 3-year Share Bump Certificate APY currently ranks first.
When compared to the 246 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are available within the FOM, General Electric Credit Union’s 5-year Share Bump Certificate APY currently shares top billing with CommunityWide Federal Credit Union’s 60-month Share Certificate APY.
The above rates are accurate as of 7/14/2018.
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