Security First Credit Union (TX) Has Competitive Long-Term CDs


Update November 2, 2002: CD rates dropped over the weekend.

Deal Summary: CDs – 24-month (1.11% APY), 37-month (1.31% APY), 48-month (1.46% APY), 60-month (1.51% APY), $100k minimum deposit.

Availability: Residents of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

In the past few months, the long-term CDs offered by Security First Credit Union (Security First) have been included in the bi-weekly CD Rates Summary. Security First CDs have tiered APYs based on deposit levels of $500, $1k, $25k, $50k and $100k. While all the CDs currently have good rates, the most competitive rates are offered on the 24-, 37-, 48- and 60-month ($100k minimum deposit).

1.51*%$100k-Security First Credit Union60 Month IRA (Traditional, Roth, CESA)
OTHER TIERS: 1.26% $1k - $25k | 1.36% $25k - $50k | 1.41% $50k - $100k
1.51*%$100k-Security First Credit Union60 Months CD
OTHER TIERS: 1.11% $500 - $1k | 1.26% $1k - $25k | 1.36% $25k - $50k | 1.41% $50k - $100k
1.46*%$100k-Security First Credit Union48 Month CD
OTHER TIERS: 1.01% $500 - $1k | 1.11% $1k - $25k | 1.26% $25k - $50k | 1.36% $50k - $100k
1.46*%$100k-Security First Credit Union48 Month IRA (Traditional, Roth, CESA)
OTHER TIERS: 1.11% $1k - $25k | 1.26% $25k - $50k | 1.36% $50k - $100k
1.31*%$100k-Security First Credit Union37 Month IRA (Traditional, Roth, CESA)
OTHER TIERS: 1.01% $1k - $25k | 1.16% $25k - $50k | 1.26% $50k - $100k
1.31*%$100k-Security First Credit Union37 Month CD
OTHER TIERS: 0.90% $500 - $1k | 1.01% $1k - $25k | 1.16% $25k - $50k | 1.26% $50k - $100k
1.11*%$100k-Security First Credit Union24 Month CD
OTHER TIERS: 0.80% $500 - $1k | 0.85% $1k - $50k | 1.06% $50k - $100k
1.11*%$100k-Security First Credit Union24 Month IRA (Traditional, Roth, CESA)
OTHER TIERS: 0.85% $1k - $50k | 1.06% $50k - $100k
Rates as of April 18, 2021.

All Security First CDs are also available as IRA CDs (Traditional, Roth, CESA), earning the same tiered APYs based on the same minimum deposit levels.

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

For all accounts, the amount of the early withdrawal penalty for your account is 50% of the dividends that would have been earned between the date of early withdrawal and the maturity date, or $25.00, whichever is greater.


Headquartered in Edinburg, Texas, Security First Credit Union’s field of membership (FOM) is residency-based, with those who live, work, worship, or attend school in the Texas Rio Grande Valley eligible to join.

Joining Security First Credit Union and/or opening a CD can be done at any of 13 full-service Texas branches, located in Brownsville (3), Edinburg, Harlingen, McAllen (2), Mission, Pharr (2), San Benito, and Weslaco (2).

As of October 1, 2020, our branch lobbies are open once again! Please note that we are following COVID-19 safety measures, including social distancing and the use of facemask. We look forward to seeing you.

A minimum $5 deposit in a Regular Share Account is required to establish a Security First membership.

Credit Union Overview

Security First Credit Union has an overall health grade of "A" at, with a Texas Ratio of 8.10% (excellent), based on June 30, 2020 data. In the past year, Security First increased its total non-brokered deposits by $40.79 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 13.2%. Please refer to our financial overview of Security First Credit Union (NCUA Charter # 5547) for more details.

Founded in 1947 as the Hildago Federal Credit Union, the original FOM was exclusive to the employees of the Federal Goverment who resided in the Rio Grande Valley; it remained that way for 29 years. In the following decades with assets increasing and loan demand growing, membership was expanded to include State Employees in Hildago and Starr Counties. In 2000, after an expansion into Cameron County and the acquisition of two other credit unions, Hildago Federal Credit Union rebranded as Service First Credit Union. As the 62nd largest credit union headquartered in Texas, Security First Credit Union currently has more than 40,000 members and assets in excess of $389 million.

How the CDs Compare

When compared to the similar length-of-term CDs tracked by that are available within the FOM, Security First Credit Union long-term CD top APYs currently rank either first or second, regardless of minimum deposit requirements.

The above rates are accurate as of 10/31/2020.

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

Related Pages: Harlingen CD rates, 5-year CD rates

  |     |   Comment #1
Is it only me...where are the higher rates quoted in lead-in Deal Summary stated in the body of post on rates? Sorry for my confusion
  |     |   Comment #2
It appears that the rates in the first table don't match the Deal Summary.
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