Over the weekend, Rhode Island-based People’s Credit Union (Peoples CU) added a 10-month CD, which earns an extremely competitive 3.00% APY. The minimum deposit is $500, with no stated balance cap.
The 10-month CD is also offered as an IRA (Traditional, Roth, CESA), earning the same 3.00% APY with the same funding requirements.
A little more than two years ago, Peoples CU offered a 10-month CD Special that required a higher minimum deposit ($5k) and a much lower 1.15% APY. In December 2016, the 1.15% APY was considered an excellent rate. As of today, there are more than 150 similar length-of-term CDs that offer a rate higher than 1.15% APY.
According to CSR, the Early Withdrawal Penalty is six months of interest.
People’s Credit Union is headquartered in Middletown, Rhode Island, on Aquidneck Island halfway between Portsmouth and Newport. The field of membership (FOM) is not listed anywhere on the Credit Union’s website, but it’s quite simple: anyone is eligible to join by depositing $5 in a share savings account.
When I last wrote about People’s CU in late 2016, “anyone” was anyone who could come into a branch. That’s changed: joining People’s CU can now be done online, as can opening savings and/or checking accounts. “Anyone” is no longer limited by geography.
*Opening a CD
theoretically requires an in-person visit to any of six Rhode Island branches located in Bristol, Middletown, Newport, North Kingstown, Portsmouth, and Wakefield. I say “theoretically” because CSR said it might be possible to open a CD over the phone (401.846.8930). It’s always worth trying.
*Based on the comments below, I contacted the Credit Union again and was told that CDs can only be opened in-branch.
Credit Union Overview
People’s Credit Union has an overall health grade of "A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 5.42% (excellent) based on September 30, 2018 data. In the past year, People’s CU has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $6.49 million, an above average annual growth rate of 1.68%. Please refer to our financial overview of People’s Credit Union (NCUA Charter # 65861) for more details.
In 1922, seven Newport County residents, who were working at the U.S. Naval Torpedo station in Newport, saw the need for a financial institution for the working men and women of Aquidneck Island. As one of the first 200 credit unions to be created in the United States, People’s Credit Union opened its doors for business on March 1, 1922. People’s CU has grown to become Rhode Island’s fourth largest credit union, serving nearly 43,000 members with assets in excess of $485 million.
How the CD Compares
When compared to 243 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are available within the field of membership, People’s Credit Union's 10-month CD APY currently ranks first.
The above rates are accurate as of 2/6/2019.
To look for the best CD rates, both nationwide and state specific, please refer to our CD Rates Table page.