Elmira Savings Bank (ESB) is currently offering three CD Specials – 29-month (3.15% APY), 19-month (3.00% APY), and 9-month (2.15% APY). The more competitive rates belong to the 29- and 19-month CD Specials. The minimum opening deposit is $500 of new money, with no stated balance cap.
The CD Specials are also offered as IRAs (Traditional), earning the same APYs with the same funding requirements.
According to CSR, the Early Withdrawal Penalty (EWP) for the 29-month CD Special is 18 months of interest on the amount being withdrawn, with partial withdrawals allowed. A withdrawal from the 19-month CD Special will incur a 12 month EWP.
As you can surmise from the name, Elmira Savings Bank is headquartered in Elmira, New York, with a market area that includes the New York Central and Southern Tier counties of Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tompkins.
CD Specials must be opened in-branch at any of 13 full-service New York branches located in Corning, Elmira (4), Horseheads, Ithaca (3), Moravia, Painted Post, Southport, and Watkins Glen.
ESB’s Online Banking system is currently limited to account management and bill payment services.
Elmira Savings Bank has an overall health grade of "A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 7.27% (excellent) based on September 39, 2018 data. In the past year, the Bank has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $16.55 million, an excellent growth rate of 3.62%. Please refer to our financial overview of Elmira Savings Bank (FDIC Certificate # 16001) for more details.
Currently the 73rd largest bank in New York state, Elmira Savings Bank was established in 1869 as the Southern Tier Savings Bank. (The Southern Tier are the New York counties west of the Catskill Mountains that run the length of Pennsylvania’s northern border.) The Bank’s name was changed to The Elmira Savings Bank in 1890, with the more formal “The” dropped in 2012. The following excerpt is from ESB’s newsletter, The Advisor.
The principle of saving money was so important in the 19th century to the U.S. economy that a whole segment of the banking industry was dedicated to it. In 1869, the Elmira Savings Bank was chartered and, until the early 1980s, its sole purpose was to provide home mortgage loans and savings accounts to its customers. In the early 1980s, deregulation occurred which allowed banks like ours to broaden its product offerings which may have changed the perception on the importance of saving money.
How the CD Specials Compare
When compared to 234 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com, which require a similar minimum deposit and are available within the market area, Elmira Savings Bank’s 29-month CD Special APY currently ranks second.
When compared to 189 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com, which require a similar minimum deposit and are available within the market area, Elmira Savings Bank’s 19-month CD Special APY currently ranks third.
The above rates are accurate as of 1/16/2019.
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