USALLIANCE Financial Ups CDs, 9-month 2.50% APY, 15-month 2.70% APY

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Deal Summary: Certificate Specials – 9-month (2.50% APY) and 15-month (2.70% APY), $500 minimum deposit, checking or savings relationship.

Availability: Easy membership requirement.

At the end of last week, USALLIANCE Financial (USALLIANCE) raised the rates on two of its Certificate Specials: 9-month (2.50% APY) and 15-month (2.70% APY). The APYs were dramatically increased, with the 9-month adding 225 bps and the 15-month gaining 119 bps. The minimum opening deposit for either is $500, with no stated balance cap.

The last time USALLIANCE had a competitive CD rate was in June, when it offered 3.00% APY on a 12-month Certificate Special. Like most of USALLIANCE special rates, the 3.00% APY lasted about a month.

Savings/Checking Relationship

I was checking out the Certificate Specials online application for new members and was surprised to see that the High Dividend Savings (HDS) account was automatically selected. When I removed the HDS this warning popped up:

You need a checking or savings account in addition to the CD.

At the beginning of the year, USALLIANCE unveiled its HDS account, with an initial 2.30% APY. Since January, there have been four rate increases and three rate decreases, with the HDS currently early 2.10% APY. While the HDS can be opened with as little as $1, a $500 minimum balance is required to earn the stated APY. My January 4, 2019 blog post discusses this new account in greater detail.

APYMINMAXINSTITUTIONPRODUCTDETAILS
2.10%$500-USALLIANCE FinancialHigh Dividend Savings
Rates as of September 14, 2019.

The checking account listed on the Certificate Specials online application is the MyLife Checking, which is a free checking account with no minimum balance requirement or maintenance fees. It’s also a non-interest bearing account.

As stated in USALLIANCE’s Certificate Accounts Disclosure, the Early Withdrawal Penalty reads as follows:

If your Certificate Account has an original maturity date of less than 18 months,
the penalty amount will equal 180 days of dividends on the amount withdrawn.

According to the Certificate Accounts Disclosure, the ability to withdraw any of the principal before maturity is not necessarily a given.

You may make withdrawals of principal on a Certificate
Account at the discretion and approval of USALLIANCE Financial.

I have included the following in several other USALLIANCE blog posts, but it’s still important information to readily available, whether you’re a long-time DA reader or new to the fold.

POD Beneficiary

The good news is that USALLIANCE allows POD beneficiary(ies) to be named, but Social Security numbers are required for each named beneficiary, which can be a deal breaker for some investors. While not requiring Social Security numbers was more common in the past, more institutions seem to be asking for beneficiary Social Security numbers.

Accessing Maturing Funds

USALLIANCE Certificates have a grace period of seven calendar days, beginning on the maturity date, although “all term accounts are available for a range of maturity days to permit you to schedule redemption for a business day.” While seven days is on the short side, USALLIANCE has provided an easy method for accessing maturing funds.

Transfer Upon Maturity: If prior to maturity you elect to redeem your Certificate Account
or the Credit Union does not automatically renew your account, the entire balance will be automatically transferred to your Share Management Checking, Share Management Savings, STAR Account or MyLife Account (Checking or Savings) for easy access.
Please note: Jumbo Certificates do not renew automatically.

Once the funds are in a checking or savings account, an ACH transfer can be initiated from another bank.

Right To Call

In previous blog posts, I have mentioned USALLIANCE’s “right to call” any of its Certificates early that, according to USALLIANCE, has never been exercised. Nonetheless, the “right to call” is spelled out in the Certificate Accounts Disclosure, and reads as follows:

The Credit Union has the right to call or redeem Certificate Accounts early. To call or redeem your Certificate Account early, the Credit Union will provide 60 days written notice to you. Should the Credit Union exercise this option, your Certificate Account will be redeemed without penalty on the day specified in the notice, and the entire balance, including earned dividends, will be automatically transferred to your Share Management Checking, Share Management Savings, STAR Account or MyLife Account (Checking or Savings) for easy access.

Availability

Headquartered in Rye (Westchester County), New York, USALLIANCE Financial's field of membership (FOM) is wide and varied, providing almost any U.S. citizen or resident alien, with a valid Social Security number, a way to join.

USALLIANCE revamped their online application a few month ago and the latest version does not detail the various ways to join on the first page. According to CSR, the different ways to join have not change and still include,

Easy Membership Requirement: Members of the following associations/charitable organizations qualify.

  • American Consumer Council (ACC)
  • AOPA
  • Arc of Westchester
  • Council of Community Service
  • New York Historical Society Museum and Library
  • The Rye Arts Center
  • St. Thomas Orchestra of Mamaroneck
  • Sullivan ARC (Sullivan County residents only)
  • The Bill Fish Foundation
  • Tread Lightly!
  • Unite Here

Residency: Individuals who live, work, or worship in the Massachusetts counties of Barnstable, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, or Worcester are eligible for membership. In addition, individuals who live, work, or worship in the city of West Haven, Connecticut, and qualifying districts in Manhattan, Mount Vernon, and The Bronx, are welcome to join. Following the 2018 assumption of First Jersey Credit Union, individuals who live, work, or worship in the New Jersey counties of Bergan and Passaic qualify for membership.

Employment: Employees of over 175 companies are eligible to join, including employees or retirees of the state or local government in the New York counties of Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, or Westchester.

Education: Registered students, staff, and faculty members of Columbia University and Manhattanville College (both in NYC) qualify for membership, as do members of Columbia University’s Alumni Association.

Religious Affiliation: Members of ten named houses of worship in the New York counties of Bronx, Sullivan, and Westchester are eligible to join.

Joining USALLIANCE and/or opening a Certificate Special can be done online, or at any of the following 21 branch locations:

  • Connecticut – West Haven (2)
  • Massachusetts – Cambridge, Danvers, Malden, and Medford
  • New Jersey – Wayne
  • New York – Bronx, Ferndale, Napanoch (2), New York City (2), Otisville, Port Chester, Purchase, Rye, Somers, Wallkill, White Plains, and Woodbourne

Unlike most credit unions, USALLIANCE did not have a Share Account that must be opened with a small deposit to establish membership. The only deposit requirement was at least $1 in the account you wish to open. Based on the new online application, it now appears that either a checking or savings account must be opened.

USALLIANCE participates in the CO-OP Shared Branching network, providing members access to more than 5,600 branches throughout the country. As DA reader, Sylvia, pointed out in a Forum post,

I suggest calling them [USALLIANCE] AND the shared branch you plan to
use. Restrictions on deposits are a possibility, on withdrawals a certainty.

Credit Union Overview

USALLIANCE Financial has an overall health grade of "B+" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 6.40% (excellent) based on June 30, 2019 data. In the past year, USALLIANCE has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $140.86 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 13.12%. Please refer to our financial overview of USALLIANCE Financial (NCUA Charter # 17587) for more details.

USALLIANCE Financial was chartered in 1966 as a credit union for IBM employees. Formerly known as USAlliance Federal Credit Union, the Credit Union did a rebrand in September 2015 to "help drive home all that we have to offer to potential members." From humble beginnings in the company's basement cafeteria, USALLIANCE is currently the 13th largest credit union headquartered in New York State, with more than 118,600 members and assets in excess of $1.8 billion.

How the Certificate Specials Compare

When compared to 195 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are nationally available, USALLIANCE Financial’s 9-month Certificate Special APY currently ranks first.

Interest RateCD Length of TermCredit Union/Bank
2.50% APY9-Month Certificate SpecialUSALLIANCE Financial
2.35% APY6-Month Share CertificateCommunitywide Federal Credit Union
2.30% APY9-Month CDTAB Bank

When compared to 160 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are nationally available, USALLIANCE Financial’s 15-month Certificate Special APY currently ranks first.

Interest RateCD Length of TermCredit Union/Bank
2.70% APY15-Month Certificate SpecialUSALLIANCE Financial
2.55% APY18-Month 360 CDCapital One
2.50% APY18-Month CDSynchrony Bank

The above rates are accurate as of 9/9/2019.

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

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

Comments
anonymous
anonymous   |     |   Comment #1
As to the required savings or checking account, the MyLife Savings account is a good deal -- 3.05% APY on the first $500.
https://www.usalliance.org/about-us/rates/savings-rates

The article states that the last time USALLIANCE had a competitive CD rate was in June". I guess it means how you look at "competitive"; in August 2018, they had 3-year CDs at 3.25% and 1-year CDs at 2.75%. Both yields were highly competitive at that time. But later that month, NASA Federal
Credit Union came out with a 15-month CD at 3.25%.
Victim
Victim   |     |   Comment #7
Beware of the HDS (High Dividend Savings) account, which charges you $5 for each withdrawal!
gmohan123
gmohan123   |     |   Comment #2
I became a member of ACC for TFCU which still has a rate of 2.83% APY for 2 years and I am still under the limit. I am little confused should I just add another CD there or open at US Alliance for 15 month 2,7%. Thoughts?
RichReg
RichReg   |     |   Comment #3
Decent rate(s)...all things considered.
BTW, I believe that last 3.00% APY CD from Alliance (June) lasted all of about 10 days, so make your moves now.

Never a deposit OR withdrawal limit using my United Teletech CO-OP branch. Its definitely more about the Shared Branch policies, not USAlliance's.
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Calif
Calif   |     |   Comment #6
For current members, when signed on the website does not offer the 15 month Cert as an option, but we called CSR last weekend, and they were able to open the 15 month over the phone without a problem. It does require new money, however, so we funded it from an external account.
gmohan123
gmohan123   |     |   Comment #8
Opened account went for funding at shared branch and they mentioned 30 day restriction on deposits for shared branch!! Has anyone else encountered this with this or any other credit union? What a waste of time
anonymous
anonymous   |     |   Comment #9
this is increasingly common, due to shared branch fraud. I think NASA Federal Credit Union has (or had) a similar restriction.
RichReg
RichReg   |     |   Comment #10
history of fraudulent mobile deposits). Only a shared branch would implement this restriction as a preventative measure.
RichReg
RichReg   |     |   Comment #11
history of fraudulent mobile deposits). Shared branch is more at risk and could implement this restriction as a preventative measure.
RichReg
RichReg   |     |   Comment #12
USAlliance doesn't implement this kind of restriction unless there's a causality; like a history of fraudulent mobile deposits. This is the Shared branch's policy.
gmohan123
gmohan123   |     |   Comment #13
RichReg USAlliance did confirm its their restriction for 1st 30 days to make a shared branch deposit.
RichReg
RichReg   |     |   Comment #14
My bad, I stand corrected.
Having been a member for 4 years +, this was apparently implemented by USAlliance
earlier this year, so its relatively new. Not sure if you can request them to up the limits on using their mobile app instead. Otherwise, you can call them to pull the funds for you from your external account.
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