Keesler Federal Credit Union Has 30-Month Step CD, 3.21% APY Blended

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UPDATE 7/18/2019: Easy membership requirement has geographical limitations, which is explained in greater detail in the “Availability” section below.

Deal Summary: 30-month Step and Jumbo Step Certificates, blended APYs of 3.10% APY ($1k) and 3.21% ($100k).

Availability: Limited easy membership requirement; residents of six southeast Mississippi counties and two southeast Louisiana parishes; employees/members of more than 300 SEGs.

About a year ago, Keesler Federal Credit Union (KFCU) caused quite a flurry of interest with a 5.00% APY offered on its 7-month Share Certificate Special. That great rate resulted in so many out-of-area inquiries, KFCU expanded its field of membership, making almost all U.S. citizens and resident aliens eligible for membership.

When a hot deal like the 7-month Share Certificate Special pops up, there’s always hope it will lead to more competitive deals, particularly around the time when the original offering matures. At the end of May, KFCU introduced its 30-month Step and Jumbo Step Certificates, with blended APYs of 3.21% ($100k) and 3.10% APY ($1k), respectively.

APYMINMAXINSTITUTIONPRODUCTDETAILS
3.21%$100k-Keesler Federal Credit Union30 Month Jumbo Step CD
3.21%$100k-Keesler Federal Credit Union30 Month Jumbo Step IRA (Traditional, Roth)
3.10%$1k-Keesler Federal Credit Union30 Month Step CD
3.10%$1k-Keesler Federal Credit Union30 Month Step IRA (Traditional, Roth)
Rates as of September 17, 2019.

The Step and Jumbo Step Certificates are also offered as IRAs (Traditional and Roth), earning the same blended APYs with the same funding requirements.

The “step” refers to specific scheduled rate increases over the life of the Certificate, resulting in a blended APY.

30-Month Jumbo, $100k minimum, blended 3.21% APY

  • First 10 months, 2.10% APR
  • Second 10 months, 3.10% APR
  • Final 10 months, 4.10% APR

30-Month, $1k minimum, blended 3.10% APY

  • First 10 months, 2.00% APR
  • Second 10 months, 3.00% APR
  • Final 10 months, 4.00% APR

As stated in the Truth-in-Savings Disclosure, the Early Withdrawal Penalty reads as follows:

If the withdrawal does not reduce the certificate funds below the required minimum balance for this type of certificate, the member shall forfeit at the certificate rate an amount equal to the lesser of:

1. All dividends for 90 days from the amount withdrawn for certificates with a term of 1 year or less; or all dividends for 180 days on the amount withdrawn for certificates greater than 1 year; or

2. All dividends on the amount withdrawn since date of issuance or renewal.

Funding and Accessing Maturing Funds

Funds must be available in your KFCU account when the Step Certificate is opened. Depositing funds into the account can be completed through ACH transfer, wire transfer, or by mailing a check. When the Step Certificate matures, there is a 10-day grace period before it automatically renews. Maturing funds can be distributed by ACH, wire, cashier’s check, or deposited into your KFCU savings account.

Unlimited beneficiaries, receiving equal shares, can be named. While Social Security numbers are not required, KFCU would “like to have as much information as you can provide” about the beneficiary.

Availability

Headquartered in Biloxi, Mississippi, Keesler Federal Credit Union’s field of membership (FOM) provides a way for almost any US citizen or resident alien to join.

Easy Membership – The fourth option on the Eligibility page of KFCU’s online membership application is “I am a member of the following association.” The first association listed is the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), a “nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society” that anyone can join.

DA readers may remember that last year there was some confusion concerning who could use an ACS CAN membership to join KFCU. In a recent Live Chat, CSR confirmed that any U.S. citizen or resident alien with an ACS CAN membership is eligible to join KFCU, regardless of where they live.

UPDATE 7/18/2019: Different KFCU CSRs and Supervisors have provided different information regarding credit union eligibility for ASC CAN members. It appears that this path to membership may have geographical limits. ASC CAN members outside of the named Mississippi counties and Louisiana parishes (listed below) may not be eligible. If you do want to join via ASC CAN membership, it's advisable to first contact KFCU to confirm your eligibility.

Note: DA reader, willy12, stated in a recent Forum post,

Just an FYI, they want your application NOTARIZED and a copy of your ID and they did a hard pull.

Residency – Individuals who live, work, worship, or attend school in the Mississippi counties of Forrest, Hancock, Harrison, or Pearl River, or select census tracts in Hinds or Jackson Counties are eligible to join. Also qualifying for membership are those who live, work, worship, or attend school in select census tracts in St. Tammany or Orleans Parishes, Louisiana.

Employment – Employee and/or members of more than 300 SEGs (listed on the online application) are eligible for membership.

Military Relationship – Active or retired military who can use the services at Keesler Air Force Base or at Royal Air Force Bases in the UK qualify for membership.

Family Relationship – Immediate family members (spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling, child, grandchild, significant other) of a current KFCU member are welcome to apply.

Joining Keesler Federal Credit Union can be done online, or at any of 15 full-service Mississippi branches, located in Biloxi, Diamondhead, D’Iberville (2), Gautier, Gulfport (2), Keesler AFB, Long Beach, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Picayune, Stennis Space Center, Waveland, and Wiggins. KCFU also has five Louisiana branches, located in Covington, Mandeville, New Orleans, and Slidell (2).

Primary share minimum deposit of $5.00 required to open.

Opening a Step Certificate can be done at any of the above-mentioned branch locations or by phone (888-533-7537). In a Live Chat, CSR stated,

To open a certificate online, we would need to receive a request through
your online message board once logged in to your Keesler Online account.

Credit Union Overview

Keesler Federal Credit Union has an overall health grade of "A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 2.09% (excellent) based on March 31, 2019 data. In the past year, KFCU has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $10.35 million, an above average annual growth rate of 0.47%. Please refer to our financial overview of Keesler Federal Credit Union (NCUA Charter # 5561) for more details.

Chartered in 1947, Keesler Federal Credit Union was established by ten civil services employees at Keesler Field, the predecessor of Keesler AFB. At the end of the first year of operations, KFCU had approximately 270 members and $7k in assets. In its 72nd year of operation, KFCU is the largest credit union in Mississippi, with nearly 234,000 members and assets in excess of $2.9 billion.

How the Step Certificate Compares

When compared to 211 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that are available nationwide, Keesler Federal Credit Union’s 30-Month Step Certificate and Jumbo Certificate blended APYs currently rank first and second, respectively, and regardless of minimum deposit requirements.

The above rates are accurate as of 7/17/2019.

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

Related Pages: New Orleans CD rates, Biloxi CD rates, 5-year CD rates, nationwide deals

Comments


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Five Handle Larry
Five Handle Larry   |     |   Comment #2
Not 5%, but good enough!
RRR
RRR   |     |   Comment #3
The overall APY is competitive for the term of the CD. However, the step feature is not good for the investor because it means that if you should need to take your funds out before maturity you'll be earning a lower return than you would in a CD without the step feature.

Assuming the EWPs are the same, you'd be better off with a CD having the same APY but no step feature.

So I think the step feature is a marketing gimmick that's good for the FI but not so good for the investor.

Still, if you're planning on holding the CD for the full 30 months, the deal is competitive.
willy12
willy12   |     |   Comment #8
I view the step feature as a positive in that it defers a portion of the interest income to later years.

With all the news about rates declining going forward, I cannot see an instance where I would need my funds before maturity. I expect to open one near the end of August when my Andrews CD matures if its still available. And about 6 weeks ago, I chatted with a rep who indicated it was not a promotion and they intended for it to continue. 

Another good thing about Keesler is they offer free wires out for customers over 50 for amounts over $50k. When the 5% deal ended, I wired all my money out in the nick of time as apparently an hour later may have resulted in it being the next day. I had asked a rep if I could have some time to consider their follow on CD at the time and she checked with a supervisor and said yes and gave me a date by which I had to decide. I emailed a day prior to that and they said it was too late and that I could not open the follow on CD....19 month at 3%. I responded that a rep told me otherwise and apparently they went back thru phone calls and ended up letting me open the CD which I funded via a shared branch deposit again. Both times I encountered a bit of resistance as they wanted the funds to remain in the low paying share account until the funds cleared. It took some insistence on my part and them talking to supervisors to get approval. (I did not mind the hold, I wanted the hold to be on the funds within the CD)
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RRR
RRR   |     |   Comment #12
There are some legal reasons why you could view the interest being deferred as a potential advantage, but these are unlikely to apply too most investors' situations. The only common reason I can think of that you might want the interest to be deferred is for tax purposes, if for example you expect be in a lower tax bracket during the 30 month term of the CD.
boston02116
boston02116   |     |   Comment #14
I doubt that rate will still be available. They're talking about a rate cut of 50 basis points in July.
RickZ
RickZ   |     |   Comment #4
I just spoke with a KFCU CSR about eligilibilty. I told her that it was my understanding that anyone in the US could join KFCU if they first joined ACS CAN. She said that that was not her understanding and she put me on hold to check with a supervisor. She came back and told me that her supervisor told her that you can only use ACS CAN membership to join KFCU if you live in Louisiana, Alabama or Mississippi. I don't know if what I was told is correct or if Ken's information is correct.
ACS
ACS   |     |   Comment #5
I joined Keesler using the American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network. I made the donation online, then they responded with a receipt. I emailed the receipt to Keesler, and then later had to also mail them a copy of same receipt. Then, when it was time to redeem a CD there I was asked to email that same receipt again! So, if you join this way be sure to keep all of your Keesler paperwork.
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #7
Called from NYC was told same thing
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #18
Also coming from NY so were you able to join by making a donation to th cancer org and if so which state did you pick? I would like to join and get the cd but rely more on a person's actual experience so any light you could shed would be much appreciated. Thanks again in advance.
Maxx
Maxx   |     |   Comment #6
Blended certificates are a gimmick to lure you in with a higher rate but you give up the EW option because not only do you get a lower rate but also a EWP...now thats a tricky CU that thought of this scheme.They win two ways if you have to make an early withdraw...and what if you do? you will think you were quite dumb to buy this CD to begin with if that happens!
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Anon456
Anon456   |     |   Comment #16
They do NOT do SEP IRA accounts
willy12
willy12   |     |   Comment #17
I got a couple of mailers from Keesler today and both advertise the step up cert.

So I chatted to see if it would still be available at the end of the month when I want to buy.

It will be but they can't guarantee the rate. Said rate changes, if any, are wed.
....................

Good morning. Thank you for chatting with Keesler Federal. The certificate will be available but, we are not sure if that rate will be available. If the rates does change, it changes on a Wednesday. If you would like to call in on the last Wednesday of August, we will be happy to check the rates for you at that time.
willy12
willy12   |     |   Comment #19
My Andrews matured and they waive the transfer out fee for "platinum" customers like me. I did not ask specifically what that entailed but probably a certain amount on deposit.

Todays wire took 8 and a half hours which had me concerned but it go there, I drove down & deposited a shared branch check to get it over 100k for the Jumbo.

I continue to think its possible that this deal continues for some time. Many said there is no way it would last this long. it did.

Keesler does not charge a wire in fee. (Despite a troll on another post lying about it)

Several reps told me rate changes, if any, would show up on Wed.

Mine shows 2.10% as it should for the first 10 months.
Keesler Federal Credit Union Adds 7-Month CD
UPDATE 8/18/2018: Thanks to DA member, SYC, for posting this info in the Forum: "per CSR over phone just moments ago, this special deal will end at the close of 8/21/18. You have to have available funds in your Keesler savings account on 8/21/18 at the latest in order to open this 7-month CD special."

UPDATE 8/17/2018: The easy membership requirement through joining the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network has been expanded to include all U.S. citizens and resident aliens, no matter where they live.

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