UPDATE: The rates mentioned in this article have expired. Please refer to the credit union's rate tables for the up-to-date rates.
Earlier this week, Meritrust Credit Union (Meritrust) raised the rates on its 3-year Share Certificate (2.00% APY) and 5-year Share Certificate (2.25% APY). These newly increased rates are the highest for both Share Certificates (CDs) in more than 3 ½ years.
The minimum opening deposit for either CDs is $500, with no balance cap. The 5-year CD also has a "bump" feature, allowing for one rate increase during the term of the CD.
The new rate is determined by the current Meritrust deposit rate for the same term CD.
Both CDs are also available as IRAs (Traditional, Roth, and CESA) earning the same APYs, with the same funding requirements.
According to CSR, the Early Withdrawal Penalty for any Meritrust CD with a term greater than 12 months is 180 days interest.
Headquartered in Wichita, Meritrust Credit Union’s membership eligibility is primarily residency based.
Residency: Individuals who live, work, or worship in the Kanasa counties of Butler, Chase, Cowley, Dickinson, Douglas, Geary, Harvey, Lyon, Marion, McPherson, Morris, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, or Sumner are eligible.
Relationship: Family members of any eligible individuals are welcome to join Meritrust.
Employment: Employees and retirees of The Boeing Company and its subsidiaries are also eligible.
Complete membership eligibility details can be found on Meritrust's "Who Can Join" page.
Joining Meritrust and/or opening a CD can be done online or at any of the 16 Kansas branches located in Derby (2), Junction City, Lawrence (2), Manhattan, and Wichita (10).
Credit Union Overview
Meritrust Credit Union (NCUA Certificate # 63238) has an overall health grade of "A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas ratio of 3.55% (excellent), based on June 30, 2015 data. In the past year, Meritrust increased its total deposit by $13.78 Million, an above average annual growth rate of 1.69%. Please refer to our financial overview of Meritrust Credit Union for more details.
Meritrust Credit Union’s beginnings are firmly rooted in the aircraft industry, having been chartered in 1935 when employees of the Stearman Aircraft Company organized a credit union. Boeing Aircraft bought Stearman Aircraft in 1941 and the Credit Union’s name was changed to Wichita Boeing Employees Credit Union. More than 50 years later, the charter was changed to serve all the residents of the community, and the name was changed to Boeing Wichita Credit Union, more commonly known as BWCU. In 2009, the name "Meritrust" was chosen because it is
an extension of the two pillars of our unsurpassed service that matter most to our members—Merit and Trust.
How the CDs Compare
When compared to the 275 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com, requiring a similar minimum deposit and available to Kansas residents, Meritrust Credit Union’s 3-Year Share Certificate currently ranks first.
When compared to the 225 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com, requiring a similar minimum deposit and available to Kansas residents, Meritrust Credit Union’s 5-Year Share Certificate currently ranks sixth.
The above rates are accurate as of 9/17/2015.
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