Not to be left out of the 3 for 5 Club, New Hampshire-based Service Credit Union (Service CU) has raised the rate on its 5-year Share Certificate (3.00% APY) by 100 bps. The minimum deposit is $1k, with no stated balance cap.
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The 5-year Share Certificate is also available as an IRA (Traditional, Roth, and CESA), earning the same 3.00% APY with the same funding requirements.
Service CU offered 3.00% APY on the 5-year Share Certificate for six months about eight years ago. In late 2010, the rate started a steady decline, finally settling at 1.80% APY, where it remained until January 2016. In the past two years, there have been short-lived rate hikes, but the 5-year Share Certificate basically held at 2.00%.
As stated in Service Credit Union’s Account Agreement and Disclosure brochure, the Early Withdrawal Penalty reads as follows:
If any of the deposit is withdrawn before the maturity date, a penalty as shown below would be imposed:
Term length of 2 years or longer - 365 days’ dividends
18-month Share Certificate
In December, I wrote about Service CU’s 18-month Share Certificate Special (2.00% APY, $1k minimum deposit); that Special is still available.
Excess Share Insurance
The following information is listed on the bottom of every page of Service CU’s website.
Your savings federally insured to at least $250,000 and backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government, National Credit Union Administration, a U.S. Government Agency. Additional coverage of up to $250,000 is provided by Excess Share Insurance Corporation, the nation’s largest private insurer for credit unions.
If you would like more information about Excess Share Insurance, my September 2001 blog post, ESI – Little Known Deposit Insurance for Credit Unions, may be helpful.
Thanks to DA reader, Carpline, for his Forum post about Service Credit Union’s new CD deal.
Headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Service Credit Union’s field of membership (FOM) is diverse, and as the name suggests, a military service relationship plays a large role. The parameters of the military service requirements have been expanded to a point that the FOM could almost be described as including an easy membership requirement.
Military Relationship: Anyone who ever served, or is currently serving in the U.S. Military or Department of Defense, whether enlisted or civilian, is eligible to join.
Family Relationship: Family members of individuals who are serving, or have served, in any branch of the U.S. Military or Department of Defense. The last line on the online application reads,
I am a family member of someone who is serving or served in one of the following US military branches or DOD: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Army National Guard, Coast Guard, Air National Guard, and Civilian employee of DOD.
DA reader, Carpline, was able to join based on his father’s service during WWII. Carpline stated that Service CU only required his father’s name, last known address, and the branch of the military in which he served. Nearly everyone has a relative with current or past military service, hence the “almost” easy membership requirement.
Other ways to join include,
Residency: Individuals who live or work in New Hampshire, or in the Massachusetts towns of Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, and Sandwich are eligible to join.
Affiliation: Members and employees of seven trade organizations are also eligible.
A complete description of Service CU’s membership eligibility is available on the website.
Joining Service Credit Union and opening a Certificate Special can be done simultaneously online, by phone, or by visiting any of 36 New Hampshire branches located in Amherst, Bedford, Berlin, Concord, Derry, Durham, Epping, Exeter, Franklin, Gorham, Hampton, Hinsdale, Hudson, Keene (2), Lancaster, Lebanon (2), Manchester, Nashua, Newington (3), Plymouth, Portsmouth (4), Rochester (2), Salem (2), Seabrook, Somersworth (2), and Tilton, or the Falmouth, Massachusetts branch. Service CU also has military branches located in Great Forks, North Dakota and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and 14 military branches in Germany.
Credit Union Overview
Service Credit Union has an overall health grade of "A+" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 1.50% (excellent) based on September 31, 2017 data. In the past year, Service Credit Union increased its total non-brokered deposits by $181.57 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 7.57%. Please refer to our financial overview of Service Credit Union (NCUA Charter # 68375) for more details.
Service Credit Union was established in 1957 to serve the military and civilian employees at New Hampshire’s Pease Air Force Base. Headquartered in Portsmouth, Service CU is currently New Hampshire's largest credit union and the 60th largest credit union in the country, with assets in excess of $3.2 billion and more than 218,000 members. In August, Service CU was named the 2016 Distinguished Credit Union of the Year by the United States Department of the Army. This is the fifth time Service Credit Union has been awarded this honor.
How the Share Certificate Compares
When compared to the 182 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are available nationwide, Service Credit Union's 5-year Share Certificate APY currently shares the top spot with Connexus Credit Union’s 60-month Certificate APY and Mountain American Credit Union’s 5-year Term Deposit APY.
The above rates are accurate as of 3/2/2018.
To look for the best CD rates, both nationwide and state specific, please refer to our CD Rates Table page.