PenFed Credit Union

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7940 Jones Branch Dr
McLean, VA 22102

Pentagon Federal Credit Union ("PenFed"), a advertiser, serves more than 1.6 million members, including many in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. PenFed is one of the largest credit unions in the country and offers a range of banking products and services, in addition to credit cards and loans.

On its personal banking side, PenFed offers savings accounts including checking accounts, Money Market accounts, Certificates, Coverdell Education Savings Certificates, and IRA accounts. PenFed’s Access America Checking earns dividends and comes with free online bill payment and mobile check deposit. PenFed’s regular savings account earns dividends, which are compounded daily and credited monthly. Money Market Savings accounts are available and come with free checks, have no regular service fees, and offer tiered rates of dividends for greater account balances. has featured PenFed’s Certificates, referred to as ‘Money Market Certificates,’ repeatedly in the past for their competitive dividend rates. IRA accounts are also available, providing a retirement savings alternative.

PenFed online banking is a secure banking platform through which members can access their accounts, transfer funds, pay bills, and view transaction history. The credit union has optimized its website for mobile banking and released a mobile app to make account management easy and convenient on the go. The credit union introduced its ACH online transfer service in the spring of 2012, making it easy for members to transfer funds into and out of these liquid accounts.

Pentagon Federal Credit Union has more than $23 billion in assets. It was originally established in 1935 and is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. The credit union serves members in each U.S. state and at military bases in Puerto Rico, Guam, and Okinawa. PenFed is federally insured by the NCUA.

Field of Membership Restrictions

Membership in PenFed is now open to all U.S. citizens/resident aliens who open a Share Savings Account with a $5 minimum deposit.
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Related Posts

Penfed Is Finally Playing Catch-Up - 1/20/2023

These rates are certainly nothing to write home about, but we all have different ideas and requirements so someone may be interested especially if you are already a member at PenFed. I did see that Ken had already updated the PenFed site to these new rates but haven't seen anything mentioned on the blog or in the forum. TERM APY* 6 Month 2.70%** 12 Month 4.60% 15 Month 4.65% 18 Month 4.70% 2 Year 4.45% 3 Year 4.10% 4 Year 3.90% 5 Year 3.90% 7 Year 3.80%

Email From Penfed Today - 1/5/2023

The James R. Schenck, President & CEO, idea of ESPECIALLY REWARDING, and my idea of that are not in sync LOL QUOTE ... For many good reasons, 2023 will be a special year for PenFed Credit Union and our members. During this first quarter, PenFed will welcome our 3 millionth member. Rewarding Savers 2023 will be ESPECIALLY REWARDING for savers at PenFed. PenFed’s high-yield savings account now earns you 2.30% Annual Percentage Yield (APY). PenFed’s certificate rates are now as high as 4.35% APY³ for 18 months.

Penfed Certificate Rates Keep Getting Better - 11/17/2022

PenFed CU has raised rates across many of their certificate offerings. More CD rate increases are especially nice to see during these uncertain times. However, the 12 & 15 month at 4.25 APY% and the 18 & 24 month at 4.35% APY are higher than the longer 3, 4 and 5 year certificates. IRA's certificates have slightly lower APY's and this offer is good through December 6, 2022.

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11/19/20 - Sad Day :(
7/1/20 - PenFed Lowers CD And Savings Account Rates, 5-Year Falls To All-Time Low
6/17/20 - Penfed Drops Rates - Now At 1.05% APY
5/13/20 - Penfed Online Premium Online Savings Drops To 1.25%
5/6/20 - PenFed Offers $200 Bonus for New Access America Checking Account
5/5/20 - PenFed - $200 For Opening A New Access America Checking Account
3/17/20 - Penfed Drops Rates On Cds
3/12/20 - Rates Lowered
10/24/19 - Penfed Lowers Premium Online Savings Account
8/22/19 - Penfed Lowers Premium Online Savings Account
7/1/19 - Penfed Slashes CD Rates
2/1/19 - PenFed Cuts CD Rates - Another Sign of Falling Rates
2/1/19 - Penfed Lowered All Rates, Except One
1/1/19 - Penfed Increases Rates On 15- And 18-Month Cds
12/31/18 - Penfed 15- And 18-Month CD Rates MAY Be Increasing In January
12/28/18 - Penfed 5-Year & 7-Year Rates MAY Be Increasing In January
12/17/18 - Penfed Rates Increased
12/13/18 - Pen Fed Savings Account 2%
12/1/18 - PenFed CD Rate Increases Are Modest
11/30/18 - Pen Fed May Increase Rates In December
11/5/18 - PenFed CDs Make Small Gains
11/1/18 - Penfed Increases All CD Rates Except For 5 And 7 Year
11/1/18 - Saving Rate Change
10/3/18 - New CD Rates Offered by PenFed Credit Union
10/3/18 - Penfed Raises 5 And 7 Year CD To 3.30% APY
8/27/18 - Penfed Premium Online Savings 1.65% APY
8/7/18 - Penfed Increases Their CD Rates
6/1/18 - PenFed Credit Union Begins June With New CD Rates
3/1/18 - First Of The Month CD Rate Increases At PenFed
3/1/18 - Certificates Rates Rise At Penfed
2/2/18 - Certificate Rate Increases
2/1/18 - CD Rates Up at PenFed But There Are No Rate Leaders
12/2/17 - Slight Rate Increase On Some Money Market Certificates
12/1/17 - Two Small CD Rate Increases at PenFed
10/24/17 - Interest Rates Up On Money Market Certificates
10/18/17 - PenFed Increases Rates On All Certificates
10/2/17 - PenFed’s New Money Market Certificate Rates
9/1/17 - Small CD Rate Hikes At Penfed
4/1/17 - PenFed Ups CD Rates with Competitive Mid-Term CD Rates
3/20/17 - Penfed And Valor CU Prime Rate CDs
3/1/17 - Penfed Cuts 1-Yr, 15-Mo, 5-Yr And 7-Yr CD Rates
2/1/17 - CD Rate Cut
1/1/17 - PenFed Kicks Off New Year with Competitive Long-Term CD Rates
1/1/17 - New CD Rates--APR/APY
12/1/16 - PenFed Credit Union Raises Short-Term CD Rates - Top 1-Year Rate
11/11/16 - PenFed Credit Union Raises CD Rates
11/11/16 - CD Rate Increases
11/1/16 - New November CD Rates At Penfed - Only Small Rate Increases
10/2/16 - Penfed Ups Short-Term CD Rates - Long-Term CDs Remain Disappointing
5/3/16 - PenFed CU Raises Rate On Access America Checking
4/4/16 - Belvoir Federal Credit Union Will Be Merging Into PenFed
4/4/16 - Penfed Merging With Belvoir FCU On May 1
2/23/16 - Penfed Lowers CD Rates
1/23/16 - PenFed Credit Union Offers New Competitive 15-Month CD
1/23/16 - 15 Mo CD 1.51% APY
6/29/15 - Pentagon Share Certificate (CD) Penalty Change
5/23/15 - Pentagon Federal Lowered 1 Yr. CD Rates
5/1/15 - PenFed CU Raise Rates On 1-Year And 2-Year CDs To Competitive Levels
5/1/15 - Penfed CD Rate Increase
1/14/15 - Another Rate Drop At Pen Fed
1/1/15 - Happy New Year! Update on PenFed CD Rates
12/10/14 - PenFed's Surprising CD Rate Hike
12/1/14 - Penfed's December Certificate Rates Nosedive
11/3/14 - PenFed’s New November CD Rates
11/1/14 - PenFed Lowers Most Money Market Certificate Rates But Raises 3-year Rate
10/3/14 - PenFed CU Raises Rates On CDs With 1-Year CD Very Competitive
10/2/14 - Penfed 1 Year Money Market Certificate Rate Increase
9/20/14 - How Can Penfed CU Change My Mailing Address Behind My Back?
9/2/14 - CD Rate Hikes at PenFed, 1-Year CD Now Competitive
8/8/14 - Rate Collapse Since March 2014
7/1/14 - Penfed Real Estate Rewards Changed To Favor ARM Mortgages
6/20/14 - PenFed Savings Account And Money Market Account Rates Bottom Out
5/16/14 - Have You Noticed The Dismal Money Market Certificate Rates At PenFed?
3/7/14 - Pentagon Federal CU Fourth Quarter Growth
3/1/14 - PenFed Slashes CD Rates for March
2/7/14 - Tips for Those with PenFed CDs Maturing in February
1/30/14 - PenFed CD Rates Going Down for New CDs in February
1/29/14 - C/R Told Me Penfed Will Be Lowering Their Certificate Rates For New Money
1/22/14 - Opening a Long-Distance CD at PenFed - A Personal Story
1/21/14 - DepositAccounts’ $100 million December…and $2.5 million in Penfed CDs
1/15/14 - Update on Early Withdrawals from PenFed IRA CDs
1/1/14 - Happy New Year! PenFed Continues Its Top CD Rates
12/27/13 - Heads Up Ref 3% CD's
12/24/13 - PenFed CDs - How Much Have You Invested?
12/17/13 - Four Important Points about PenFed’s CDs and IRA CDs
12/1/13 - PenFed Comes Through With New Top CD Rates
11/21/13 - PenFed May Hike 5- and 7-Year CD Rate in December
11/14/13 - Update on PenFed’s Top CD Rates
11/5/13 - 3 Yr Cd @.2.02%
11/1/13 - PenFed Raises 3-Year and 4-Year CD Rates
11/1/13 - PenFed Money Market Certificate Rate Increase
9/30/13 - PenFed Announces a Large CD Rate Increase for October
9/29/13 - New Higher CD Rates At Penfed Starting Oct 1st
9/2/13 - Higher CD Rates at Pentagon Federal Credit Union
8/12/13 - Closing A Penfed Account
8/8/13 - Penfed Offers Chip Enabled Platinum Rewards Card
7/19/13 - New Paper Statement Fee at Pentagon Federal Credit Union
5/1/13 - PenFed May 1st CD Rate Cuts - Rates Fall 25 bps
4/1/13 - Monthly Rate Drop
3/8/13 - Penfed ATM Cards
3/5/13 - Penfed Platinum Cash Rewards Card
2/27/13 - PenFed CD Rates Will Be Falling in March
1/2/13 - PenFed Increases CD Rates Again - Top 1-, 2- & 3-Year CD Rates
12/27/12 - Will Penfed Have A January CD Special?
12/6/12 - Preventing Accounts From Being Labeled Inactive - Review of PenFed's Policy
12/3/12 - PenFed CD Rate Changes - New Top 2- and 3-Year CD Rates
11/1/12 - Big Rate Increases For Some of PenFed CDs
8/1/12 - PenFed Slashes its Long-Term CD Rates
6/18/12 - PenFed's New ACH Online Transfer Service
3/6/12 - Website Change At Pentagon Federal Credit Union
3/2/12 - CD Rates Drop at PenFed, But They Remain Competitive
3/1/12 - Pen Fed CD Rate Drop
2/12/12 - Penfed Money Market Certificate Renewals
1/2/12 - Update on PenFed's January 2012 CD Rates
12/28/11 - Rumors Of New Penfed 3.00% 10-Year CD In January
11/23/11 - New Service Fees At Pentagon Federal As Of Sept 2011
10/5/11 - PenFed's Long-Term CD Rates are Now Competitive
8/20/11 - Pen Fed Branch Offices Are Useless
7/29/11 - Penfed Contingency Plan In Case Of Government Default
5/26/11 - Penfed CD Penalty Change Alert
4/7/11 - Larger CD Early Withdrawal Penalties
3/8/11 - Update on Future PenFed 10-Year CDs
3/1/11 - PenFed Cuts CD Rates By 25 Basis Points
2/2/11 - February 2011 Maturing CD's Bonus 25 Basis Points
1/11/11 - Malware on Laptop Caused Security Breach at PenFed
1/1/11 - PenFed CD Update for January
12/30/10 - Important Note For Those Who Reserved CDs In The Penfed Watch It Grow CD Promotion
12/1/10 - PenFed Lowers CD Rates But Long-Term CD Rates Remain Competitive
11/11/10 - Why PenFed's 7-Year CD Is A Hot Deal
9/28/10 - Update on PenFed's CD Reservation Promotion - New End Date
9/20/10 - Update on PenFed's CD Reservation Promotion
9/18/10 - PenFed Cutting Costs by Eliminating a Toll-Free Number
9/1/10 - PenFed Lowers CD Rates But Some Rates Remain Competitive
8/19/10 - Select PenFed Members Can Reserve CDs with Yields from 3.50% to 5.00%
8/19/10 - New CD Rollover Promotion At Pentagon Federal Credit Union
8/2/10 - PenFed's New 7-Year CD and IRA CD Rate - Available Nationwide
7/9/10 - Penfed Offers Remote Deposit To Members With Checking Accounts
3/31/10 - CD Rates Fall at Pentagon Federal Credit Union
3/23/10 - Pentagon FCU Adds Private Student Loan Program to Education Loan Portfolio
3/3/10 - PenFed's New No-Fee Credit Card, the PenFed Promise Card
2/1/10 - Penfed Keeps Its Competitive CD Rates into February
1/24/10 - Joining PenFed When You Have a Credit Freeze
1/9/10 - Updates on Pentagon FCU's Rewards Credit Cards
1/9/10 - PenFed's New Cash Back Credit Card Feature
1/6/10 - Update on PenFed CDs and CD Rollovers
1/5/10 - Happy New Year! PenFed Raises CD Rates for January
12/2/09 - Certificate and Credit Card Deals at Pentagon Federal Credit Union - Available Nationwide
12/2/09 - Update on PenFed CDs for January - New and Rollover CDs
9/20/09 - Tips for Those With Maturing CDs at PenFed and Other Credit Unions
9/1/09 - 4.00% 7-Year CD Continues But Other CD Rates Have Fallen at Pentagon FCU
8/5/09 - PenFed's Cash Back Credit Card Back-to-School Promo
7/28/09 - Useful IRA CD Feature at Pentagon Federal Credit Union
7/1/09 - Update on Pentagon Federal Credit Union's Certificates - Update
6/2/09 - Update on Pentagon Federal Credit Union's Certificates
5/19/09 - Update on Pentagon Federal Credit Union CDs, Credit Cards and Other Products
5/10/09 - PenFed's Cash Back Credit Card Adds Another 5% Category
3/3/09 - Pentagon Federal Credit Union's March CD Rates
2/3/09 - Pentagon Federal Credit Union's February CD Rates
1/1/09 - New CD Rates at Pentagon Federal Credit Union
12/17/08 - Pentagon Federal Credit Unioin's 4.75% 3-Year CD
11/25/08 - Last Days of 5% CDs at Pentagon Federal Credit Union
11/1/08 - PenFed Extends the 5% CDs into November
11/1/08 - Last Week for 5% 36-Month CD at Pentagon Federal Credit Union
10/2/08 - 5% CDs at Pentagon Federal Credit Union - Nationally Available
8/3/08 - Update on PenFed's 6.00% CDs
5/1/08 - Higher Long Term CD Rates at Pentagon FCU
2/28/08 - New PenFed CD Rates - Down But Still Competitive - Update
2/1/08 - New PenFed CD Rates - Down But Still Competitive
2/1/08 - It's Official: 6.00% 3 to 7 Year CDs at Penfed
12/27/07 - New PenFed Certificate Rates Released
12/20/07 - PenFed's Special January CD Rates and Other Planned Promotions
10/13/07 - New High Yield CDs From Penfed? 6.00%?
10/13/07 - Friday is Last Day for PenFed's 6 Percent CDs
6/14/07 - It's Official: 6.25% CDs at Penfed
6/14/07 - Change in Policy on Pentagon FCU's IRA Certificates
2/1/07 - Penfed's CD Rates Drop More Than Expected
1/28/07 - Update on Penfed's 6.25% CDs
1/26/07 - Early Withdrawals from IRA CDs (Penfed vs. Navy FCU)
12/31/06 - Penfed's Visa Platinum Cash Rewards Credit Card
12/29/06 - Updates on Penfed and its 6.25% CDs
12/21/06 - 6.25% CDs Coming to Penfed?
9/17/06 - Joining Penfed and Purchasing a Money Market Certificate
8/31/06 - Penfed Surprise: 6.00% 3 to 5 Year CDs
4/27/06 - 6.00% 36-Month CD at Penfed CU
12/29/05 - New High-Rate Long-Term CDs

Reviews (195)

Premium Online Savings..The Fine Print

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PenFed has very friendly and helpful team members. Just want to lead with that. This isn't a complaint but more of an oops/aha.

Recently, I internally transferred $500 from checking to Premium online savings to get a round number for ACH transfer initiated at/to another bank. I verified the correct balance which appeared immediately after tranfer online. However, I didn't drill down to see the "available funds" didn't reflect the added amount. It was only when I got a UCF rejection and a $10 fee a couple of days later that I realized something was amiss.

I called PENfed and spoke to a very nice CSR. She reversed the fee on her own accord as I asked why an internal transfer wouldn't be available almost immediately. She explained that it was in the disclosures for Premium Online Savings (POS) that internally transferred funds into POS wouldn't be available for "6 business days". I asked if she could explain why and she said it was unique to POS.

So I looked through the disclosures and:

AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR PREMIUM ONLINE SAVINGS ACCOUNT ONLY: The following special rules apply to all deposits made in to the Premium Online Savings account: The following types of deposits will be available on the 6th business day after the date of the transaction: • All checks • Internal transfers • ACH deposits (when originated at PenFed) The following types of deposits will be available immediately: • Preauthorized credits, such as social security benefits, civil service pensions, active and retired military allotments, and other payroll payments • Cash • Wire Transfers (received by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time).

So forewarned is forearmed ...still doesn't make sense to me.

Too Many Cds

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I have purchased Cds from Pen Fed for many years as they usually are very competitive on their rates. Recently I was unable to gain access to info on the CDs I currently own. When I sent a request to list my CDs the response was I had too many CDs to list. If I had a specific request about a particular CD they would give me access to it. This is really a poor program and makes me want to stop purchasing any more CDs from PenFed. I immediately purchased a CD from another financial institution with a better rate.

Closed My Accounts

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Presently, PenFed has an appalling low HYSA rate. Anyone who keeps money there is asking to be taken advantage of. I pulled all of my money out, and placed it with Atlantic Federal Credit Union through the Savebetter website, at 4.40%. I will say that their customer service representatives were prompt in replying to my requests to close my accounts. So, there is that.

Finished With Penfed

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Recently opened several accounts at PenFed and have had numerous problems, the worst being customer service.

If you need help they will "start you a support ticket".
I don't want a ticket, I want a rep.

Even the call for the support ticket never arrived.

After reading through the horror stories here I will begin closing my accounts. PenFed had a great reputation at one time. Don't know what caused the reversal but I'm pulling the plug before it gets worse.

When PedFed asks why I'm closing my accounts I'll tell them that I'll fill out a support ticket and get back to them.



Health Grade Components

NCUA #227
Year Chartered1935
Primary Regulator
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD0.68%
Return on Equity - YTD3.12%
Annual Interest Income$1.46B
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ4 2022vs Q4 2021$35.53B$32.52B
LoansQ4 2022vs Q4 2021$29.73B$23.75B
DepositsQ4 2022vs Q4 2021$27.72B$23.09B
Equity CapitalQ4 2022vs Q4 2021$7.79B$8.97B
Loan Loss AllowanceQ4 2022vs Q4 2021$280.8MM$251.4MM
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ4 2022vs Q4 2021$469.0MM$290.6MM
Real Estate OwnedQ4 2022vs Q4 2021$0$502.00K
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* The APY shown varies based on the deposit amount. Expand the listing to see APYs for other deposit amounts.

PenFed Credit Union Savings Account Rates

2.70%--Premium Online Savings
0.05%-$2.5kRegular Savings
0.05%--IRA Savings Account
0.05%$10k-IRA Premier Account

PenFed Credit Union Money Market Rates

0.15%*$100k*-Money Market Savings Account
OTHER TIERS: 0.05% Up to $10k | 0.10% $10k - $100k

PenFed Credit Union Checking Account Rates

0.35%*$20k*$50kAccess America Checking
OTHER TIERS: 0.15% Up to $20k

PenFed Credit Union CD Rates

4.70%$1k-18 Month Money Market Certificate
4.65%$1k-15 Month Money Market Certificate
4.60%$1k-12 Month Money Market Certificate
4.45%$1k-2 Year Money Market Certificate
4.10%$1k-3 Year Money Market Certificate
3.90%$1k-4 Year Money Market Certificate
3.90%$1k-5 Year Money Market Certificate
3.80%$1k-7 Year Money Market Certificate
2.70%$1k-6 Month Money Market Certificate

PenFed Credit Union IRA Rates

4.50%$1k-1 Year IRA
4.50%$500-1 Year CESA
4.35%$1k-2 Year IRA
4.35%$500-2 Year CESA
4.00%$1k-3 Year IRA
4.00%$500-3 Year CESA
3.85%$1k-5 Year IRA
3.85%$1k-4 Year IRA
3.85%$500-4 Year CESA
3.85%$500-5 Year CESA
3.75%$1k-7 Year IRA
3.75%$500-7 Year CESA


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