I’m happy to report that 3%+ CDs are still out there. Iowa-based Hills Bank and Trust Company (Hills Bank) has added a 51-month CD Special, earning 3.25% APY. The minimum opening deposit is $500, with no stated balance cap.
The CD Special is also available as an IRA (Traditional, Roth, CESA), earning the same APY with the same funding requirements.
As stated in the Terms and Conditions document, the Early Withdrawal Penalty reads as follows:
If we do allow you to withdraw principal before the maturity date, we may impose a penalty.
CD Term/Interest Penalty: Under 90 days/1 month; 3-5 months/3 months; 6-23 months/6 months; 24-47months/12 months; 48-60 months/ 18 months interest on the amount withdrawn.
According to CSR, funding a CD online can be done by ACH transfer, with no limit on the deposit amount. There is a 10-day grace period before the CD automatically renews. Maturing funds can be distributed by wire ($20 fee) or cashier’s check; no ACH transfer available. Maturing funds can also be deposited in an existing Hills Bank checking or savings account.
Headquartered in Hills, Iowa, Hills Bank has a physical presence in three eastern Iowa counties (Johnson, Linn, and Washington), but its product line is available to all Iowa residents through its online application.
Opening a CD Special can be done online, or at any of the 19 Iowa branches, which are located in Cedar Rapids (3), Coralville, Hills, Iowa City (5), Kalona, Lisbon, Marion (2), Mount Vernon, North Liberty (2), Washington, and Wellman.
Hills Bank has an overall health grade of "A+" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 2.89% (excellent), based on March 31, 2019 data. In the past year, the Bank has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $339.27 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 16%. Please refer to our financial overview of Hills Bank (FDIC Certificate # 14650) for more details.
The original Hills Savings Bank was founded in 1904 by eleven local citizens with a total of $10,000 in capital. Bank stock subscriptions were subsequently sold, valued at $100 per share.
Approximately 25 years after the Bank’s doors opened, the Great Depression struck causing 600 banks in Iowa to fail. Among those to close were all five banks in Iowa City. This was a defining time and turning point for the small Hills Savings Bank in Hills, whose doors remained open throughout the Great Depression.
Hills Bank is currently Iowa’s third largest bank, with assets in excess of $3.2 billion and nearly 158,000 customer accounts.
How the CD Special Compares
When compared to 286 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are available to Iowa residents, Hills Bank’s 51-month CD Special APY currently ranks second.
The above rates are accurate as of 8/9/2019.
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