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Ken Tumin founded the Bank Deals Blog in 2005 and has been passionately covering the best deposit deals ever since. He is frequently referenced by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications as a top expert, but he is first and foremost a fellow deal seeker and member of the wonderful community of savers that frequents DepositAccounts.


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Reward Checking Balance Cap Reduction - ECCU Is Latest Example

In April I reviewed the new Kasasa Cash and Saver accounts at California-based ECCU (formerly known as Evangelical Christian Credit Union). This reward checking account had three nice attributes. First, it was available nationwide, albeit with religious affiliation. Second, the top yield was 3.00%. Lastly, the top yield applied to balances up to $35k (the balance cap). ECCU recently announced an unfortunate change that will be effective in September. The balance cap is falling from $35k to $10k. Starting in September, only balances up to $10k will qualify for the...

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Cortland Bank's New Choice Premier Checking Available Throughout Ohio
Deal Summary: Choice Premier Checking, 2.50% APY on qualifying balances up to $25k. Choice Savings, 1.25% APY on qualifying balances up to $25k.

Availability: Online market area includes Ohio and the Pennsylvania counties of Lawrence and Mercer.

Ohio-based Cortland Bank recently unveiled two new rewards checking accounts – Choice Premier Checking and Choice Interest Checking. While structured similarly, the Choice Premier Checking has the higher rate: 2.50% APY on qualifying balances up to $25k. Qualifying balances of $25k+ earn 0.25% APY, with non-qualifying balances earning...

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Nusenda Credit Union (NM) Has Top Rate 18-Month CD
Deal Summary: 18-month CD, 1.55% APY ($200k), 1.45% APY ($100k), 1.40% APY ($75k), 1.35% APY ($50k), 1.30% APY ($25k), 1.20% APY ($10k), 1.10% APY ($1k).

Availability: Easy membership requirement for New Mexico residents.

While the tiered rates on Nusenda Credit Union’s (Nusenda CU) 18-month CD have lost 30 bps between March and June, they are still the highest 18-month CD rates available in New Mexico. With seven deposit levels between $1k and $200k, the tiered APYs range from 1.10% to 1.55%.

The 18-month CD is also available...

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Millbury National Bank Offers Kasasa Cash and Saver in the Northeast
Deal Summary: Kasasa Cash, 2.02% APY on qualifying balances up to $25k. Kasasa Saver, 1.00% APY on qualifying balances up to $250k.

Availability: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Millbury National Bank (MNB) began offering Kasasa brand products three years ago. The Kasasa Cash account currently earns 2.02% APY on qualifying balances up to $25k. Qualifying balances of $25k+ earn 0.40% APY, with non-qualifying balances earning 0.05% APY.

The monthly qualifying requirements include,

  • At least 12 debit card purchases.
  • At...
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Education First Federal Credit Union (TX) Offers Top 5-Year CD Rate
Deal Summary: CDs – 5-year (2.38% APY), 3-year (1.92% APY), 2-year (1.46% APY), 1-year (1.26% APY), $500 minimum deposit.

Availability: Residents of six East Texas counties, employees of East Chambers or High Island Independent School Districts.

CDs with an APY of 2.00% or greater are now a rare find, but they do exist! Education First Federal Credit Union’s (Education First) 5-year CD currently earns 2.38% APY, making it the highest 5-year CD rate available in Texas. The 3-year (1.92% APY), 2-year (1.46% APY), and 1-year (1.26% APY)...

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Carter Credit Union (LA/AR) Has Competitive CDs
Deal Summary: 12-month Share Certificate, 1.20% APY, $1k minimum deposit.

Availability: Residents of the Louisiana parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Red River, and Webster, and the Arkansas counties of Columbia and Lafayette.

Louisiana-based Carter Credit Union (Carter CU) is currently offering competitive rates on all of its Share Certificates, with the 12-month Share Certificate having the best APY. Terms of 36 months or more receive an additional 10 bps for three or more additional account relationships. The minimum deposit for any of these Share Certificates...

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Best Bank Account Interest Rates - Summary For August 4, 2020
Best Bank Account Interest Rates - Summary For August 4, 2020

A new month has brought a new round of rate cuts. Unfortunately, we’ve had some large rate cuts at the well-established online banks. Online savings account rates have been slashed by 20 to 30 bps at Capital One, Barclays, Synchrony and Marcus by Goldman Sachs. Synchrony’s new rate is 0.75%, and the new rate of the other three is 0.80%. These rates are all-time lows at Barclays, Synchrony and Marcus by Goldman Sachs.

New online banks will often have rates higher than the well-established banks for at least the first year...

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Federal Reserve, the Economy and CD Rate Forecast - August 4, 2020
Federal Reserve, the Economy and CD Rate Forecast - August 4, 2020

Last week’s FOMC meeting and press conference by Fed Chair Powell further reinforced the long road ahead of near-zero rates. Fed Chair Powell explained that even after the pandemic is over, it could take years for the unemployment rate to fall back to the pre-pandemic rate. Even when that does occur, the Fed will be in no rush to hike rates. More reports have come out that point to the Fed being willing to accept inflation running above its target for a while before deciding to hike rates. According to...

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Coastal Community and Teachers Credit Union Has Top-Rate 24-Month CD
Deal Summary: 24-month CD (1.66% APY), 12-month CD (1.41% APY), $1k minimum deposit.

Availability: Aransas, Duval, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, and San Patricio Counties, Texas.

The 1- and 2-year CDs offered by Coastal Community and Teachers Credit Union (CCATCU) currently have two of the highest CD APYs in Texas. The 24-month CD (1.66% APY) and 12-month CD (1.41% APY) can be opened with a minimum $1k deposit.

In my January blog post about CCATCU’s 12-month CD Special (no longer available), I made mention of the seemingly incomprehensible...

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CoVantage Credit Union Has Leading Rate 24-Month CD
Deal Summary: 24-month Certificate, 1.25% APY, $1k minimum deposit

Availability: Residents of 30 northeast Wisconsin counties and three Michigan Upper Peninsula counties.

For the past few years, CoVantage Credit Union (CoVantage) consistently offered regional rate leading CDs. Although the rate on the 24-month Certificate has dropped significantly in the last year, the current 1.25% APY equals the top rate offered by a nationally available 2-year CD. The minimum opening deposit is $1k, with no stated balance cap.

The 24-month Certificate is also available as an IRA (Traditional, Roth, and...

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Timberline Federal Credit Union (AR) Has New Kasasa Cash Checking
Deal Summary: Kasasa Cash Checking, 4.00% APY on qualifying balances up to $15k. Kasasa Saver, 0.50% APY on qualifying balances up to $50k.

Availability: Residents of ten southeast Arkansas counties.

There’s a new reward checking account (RCA) available to the residents of southeast Arkansas. Timberline Federal Credit Union (Timberline FCU) recently added the Kasasa brand to its product line, including a Kasasa Cash Checking earning 4.00% APY on qualifying balances up to $15k. Qualifying balances over $15k earn 0.25% APY, with all non-qualifying balances still earning...

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Workers Credit Union (MA) Offers Unique & Competitive Savings Account
Deal Summary: SaveUp Savings, 4.32% APY up to $1k; 17 other tiered rates with blended APYs ranging from 0.62% for a $13k balance to 1.18% for a $100k balance.

Availability: Massachusetts

When I first saw the SaveUp Savings account offered by Workers Credit Union (Workers CU), I admit I dismissed it out of hand. My initial reaction was that it was probably more of a gimmick, rather than a competitive savings account, since the rate drops from 4.23% to 0.08% when the balance exceeds $1k. A closer look...

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