For a limited time, Sound Credit Union (Sound CU) is offering two Share Certificate Specials: 19-month (3.19% APY, $1.9k minimum) and 33-month (3.33% APY, $3k minimum). The minimum opening deposit for either Share Certificate Special must be new money, defined “as currently not on deposit with Sound Credit Union." Any deposit beyond the required minimum can be in-house funds.
As stated in the Truth-in-Savings disclosure, the Early Withdrawal Penalty reads as follows:
The amount of the early withdrawal penalty will be the lesser of:
1) all dividends earned (credited and accrued), on the date of the withdrawal, or
2) one-half of the dividends that would have been earned during the full term of the certificate, which shall be calculated based on the current dividend rate applied to
the current balance, without a withdrawal, for the full term of the certificate.
Headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, Sound Credit Union’s field of membership (FOM) is primarily residency-based, with individuals who live, work, or attend school anywhere in Washington state eligible to join.
Employees of more than 30 SEGs companies are also eligible for membership.
Individuals who are “directly related” to any membership-eligible individual are welcome to apply.
Joining Sound CU can be done online or at any of 24 Washington branches located in Auburn, Bellevue, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Burien, Federal Way, Gig Harbor, Kent, Lakebay, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Olympia, Puyallup, Redmond, Seattle (3), Shoreline, Tacoma (4), Tukwila, and Turnwater.
While the two Share Certificate Specials are not listed on the online application, the promotion page states,
Call 800.562.8130 or visit your local branch today to open a Certificate or for more details.
CSR confirmed the Share Certificate Specials can be opened over the phone.
Credit Union Overview
Sound Credit Union has an overall health grade of "A+" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 0.63% (excellent) based on December 31, 2018 data. In the past year, Sound CU has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $56 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 4.46%. Please refer to our financial overview of Sound Credit Union (NCUA Charter # 66331) for more details.
Established in 1940 as the Tacoma Telco Credit Union, Sound Credit Union is currently the eighth largest credit union in Washington. With an initial deposit of $106.50 from 51 Pacific Telephone and Telegraph employees, the Credit Union has grown to more than 126,000 members and with assets in excess of $1.5 billion. The impressive growth is a result of FOM expansion and mergers with Watermark Credit Union (2011) and Port of Seattle Federal Credit Union (2015). According to a recent press release,
Sound Credit Union and Washington Bancorp, Inc. (OTC Pink “WGTB”), the holding company for the Bank of Washington, are pleased to jointly announce a strategic acquisition between the financial institutions – the first of its kind in Washington State history. The transaction will be structured with Sound Credit Union purchasing substantially all of the assets and assuming substantially all of the liabilities of the Bank of Washington.
The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both institutions and is subject to regulatory approval, approval by the shareholders of Washington Bancorp, Inc. and other customary approvals. The transaction is anticipated to be completed in the first quarter of 2019. The combined company will have approximately $1.7 billion in assets, $1.3 billion in loans, $1.5 billion in deposits and operate 29 branches throughout King, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston Counties.
How the Share Certificate Specials Compare
When compared to 228 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are available within the FOM, Sound Credit Union's 19-month Share Certificate Special APY currently ranks second.
When compared to 281 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are available within the FOM, Sound Credit Union's 33-month Share Certificate Special APY currently ranks fourth.
The above rates are accurate as of 3/4/2019.
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