Quorum Federal Credit Union Debuts Competitive 7-Month CD

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Deal Summary: 7-month Term Savings CD, 5.50% APY ($1k min), 5.60% APY ($100k min), new money required.

Availability: Online credit union, easy membership requirement.

One of the “New To Summary” short-term CDs in this week’s CD Deals Summary is the Quorum Federal Credit Union (Quorum) 7-month Term Savings CD (TSCD), which was recently added to the Quorum product line. The 7-month TSCD offers tiered APYs of 5.50% ($1k minimum) and 5.60% ($100k minimum). While the higher APY ($100k minimum) is not listed on the Quorum Rates page, the landing page clearly displays both APYs. The 7-month TSCD also requires new money or “funds that have been on deposit with Quorum for two weeks or less.”

The 7-month TSCD is also available as an IRA TSCD (Traditional and Roth), earning the same APYs with the same deposit requirements.

Early Withdrawal Penalty

As stated on Quorum's Fees Schedule page, the Early Withdrawal Penalty (EWP) reads as follows:

2-11 Month Term Accounts - 1% of amount withdrawn
never to exceed original principal balance.

12-24 Month Term Accounts - 2% of amount withdrawn
never to exceed original principal balance.

25 Month+ Term Accounts - 3% of amount withdrawn
never to exceed original principal balance.

While the longer-term Quorum 3% EWP is harsh, the 1% EWP is actually less than the average 6-9 month CD EWP. A 1% EWP applied to an amount withdrawn from a 7-month TSCD (5.60% APY, $100k deposit) would result in a penalty equal to slightly more than two months of dividends.

In addition to being punitive, the EWPs are worded strangely: no matter how bad your math skills are, a 1%, 2%, or 3% EWP will never exceed 100% of the balance.

Buried away in the Truth-in-Savings disclosure (page 14), is this self-serving caveat:

Withdrawals: The principal invested in any term account may not be withdrawn until maturity. If the Credit Union allows a withdrawal of principal prior to maturity, there will be a penalty for any amount withdrawn (refer to the Credit Union Fee Schedule).

Unfortunately, it’s another case of an institution giving themselves the right to refuse an early withdrawal.

HighQ Savings

HighQ Savings is an online savings account that’s similar to those offered by online banks. Launched in 2014, its rates have a long history of remaining close to the rates of the well-established online savings accounts. Currently earning 4.25% APY on all balances, the HighQ Savings account has no minimum opening deposit requirement or minimum balance requirement. This is a fee-free account, as long as eStatements are maintained; paper statements will incur a $10 monthly fee. A Quorum ATM Card is available to access cash via ATM; you can also link a HighQ Savings account to an existing Quorum Debit Mastercard.

Availability

Headquartered in Purchase (Westchester County), New York, Quorum Federal Credit Union’s field of membership (FOM) is open to employees, retirees, and associates of more than 65 select companies and affiliates (SEGs), including Kraft Heinz Company, Mastercard, and Avon. A complete list of these SEGs can be found on the Membership Eligibility page.

Family members of an employee/retiree of any of the SEGs are also eligible to join Quorum. “Family members” are defined as parent/stepparent, child/stepchild, sibling/stepsibling, grandparent/grandchild, spouse/domestic partner, and housemate.

Easy Membership - If you are not associated with any of the more than 65 groups, you can qualify by joining the Select Savers Club ($5 lifetime fee paid by Quorum) or the American Consumer Council. According to CSR, the "I would like to join through the following association" option (located in the Eligibility section of Quorum’s online application) allows the applicant to join either association and Quorum simultaneously.

Account Opening

While previously having branch locations in Illinois, New Jersey, and New York, Quorum is now an “online credit union,” i.e. no brick-and-mortar presence. Joining Quorum and/or opening a 7-month TSCD can only be done online.

Establishing a Quorum membership requires a $5 minimum deposit in a Basic Savings account, which is opened automatically and funded by Quorum when your application is approved.

Use our easy, online application to become a Quorum member and open an account with us. During the application process, you can choose to open any savings product(s) you like.

The online application takes less than 5 minutes to complete! Once you submit your application, it may take between 24-48 hours to establish your account.

Current members can open a new TSCD using Quorum’s online banking platform.

Click on “Open Savings and Checking Accounts” in the main menu. Select the product(s) you wish to open, the follow the prompts to complete the application. Once you submit your application, the status will be presented on the screen.

Funding and Other Details

The following information was obtained from Quorum FAQs and from a conversation with CSR.

  • Funding* – ACH, mobile deposit, external transfer, or Shared Service Center transfer, all of which are described in detail in the Quorum FAQs.
  • CO-OP Shared Branch Participant – Limited: “You may conduct many transactions on your Quorum Federal Credit Union accounts at participating credit unions throughout the country,” but with no branches, no shared branch transactions can be initiated by Quorum.
  • Ownership – Individual, joint, or trust.
  • Maturing Funds – Check to address on file or internal transfer to a Quorum savings account.
  • Dividends – Compounded/credited monthly, can be transferred to a Quorum savings account without penalty.
  • Beneficiaries – Unlimited, percentages can be assigned, Social Security number, DOB, and physical address must be provided for each named beneficiary.
  • Grace Period – 7 calendar days before a 7-month TSCD will renew as an 12-month TSCD. Quorum will send a notification at least 30 days before the maturity date.
  • Credit Check – Soft pull.
  • When Quorum reviews a checking or savings account application, we may perform a soft pull on an applicant’s credit report through one of the three major credit reporting agencies (TransUnion, Experian, Equifax) for verification purposes, and also run the name through ChexSystems to see if there is a report in their system. Neither of these actions will impact an applicant's credit score in any way.

*While deposits made in conjunction with a new Quorum membership cannot exceed $250k, additional TSCDs with a larger deposit can be opened once a membership is established.

Credit Union Overview

Quorum Federal Credit Union has an overall health grade of "C+" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 16.17% (above ) based on September 30, 2023 data. In the past year, Quorum's non-brokered deposits decreased by -$56.67 million, a below average annual growth rate of -5.81%. Please refer to our financial overview of Quorum Federal Credit Union (NCUA Charter # 22769) for more details.

Founded in 1934 as the Kraft Foods Federal Credit Union, Quorum Federal Credit Union has grown to be New York State’s 22nd largest credit union, with more than 68,000 members and assets in excess of $1.1 billion. According to a recent press release, Quorum was name to Fortune’s February 2023 list of Best Online Banks and Credit Unions.

With so many banks catering to the online customer, finding the right account can be overwhelming. To help make your decision a little easier, the Fortune RecommendsTM editorial team ranked more than 30 different online banks and credit unions that offered checking and savings accounts. We weighed account annual percentage yields (APYs) for interest-earning accounts, monthly service fees, overdraft fees, mobile application ratings, free ATM access, account offerings and services, and customer service options.

How the 7-Month Term Savings CD Compares

When compared to similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that are available nationwide and have minimum deposit requirements of $100k or less, one bank and two credit unions have higher rates than currently offered on the Quorum Federal Credit Union 7-Month Term Savings CD, regardless of minimum deposit requirements. The following table compares the 7-Month Term Savings CD to the two highest-rate CDs from other credit unions and the two highest-rate CDs from banks.

The above information and rates are accurate as of 12/22/2023.

To look for the best CD rates, either nationwide or in your state, please refer to our CD Rates Table page.

Related Pages: New York CD rates, 1-year CD rates, IRA CD rates, nationwide deals

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