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Another Bank Offers a 5% 5-Year CD, GMAC Bank


GMAC Bank increased some of its CD rates today. The 60-month CD yield increased from 4.80% to 5.00% APY. Other banks that reached 5% this week include E-LOAN, Capital One and M&T Bank, NA.

GMAC Bank CD rate changes as of 6/27/08:
3 months 3.35% 3.25% -0.10
6 months 3.50% 3.60% +0.10
9 months 3.60% 3.65% +0.05
12 months 3.80% 3.90% +0.10
18 months 4.00% 4.00% -
2 years 4.15% 4.15% -
3 years 4.35% 4.45% +0.10
4 years 4.60% 4.60% -
5 years 4.80% 5.00% +0.20

GMAC Bank's FAQ page does a pretty good job describing the CD details. Please refer to my GMAC CD review post for a summary of GMAC's CD features.

GMAC Bank also has a nice online money market account with a great ACH transfer service. The yield has been a little low in the last few months (currently 3% APY), but it does have a history of competitive rates (see my GMAC money market review).

GMAC in the News

GMAC Bank is part of GMAC Financial Services (GMAC) which has been having financial problems in this housing slump. As a recent Bloomberg article reported, GMAC's mortgage unit, Residential Capital LLC (ResCap), has lost $5.3 billion in the past six quarters. However, GMAC and ResCap have been able to receive a large restructuring package from JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup which should buy them some time. ResCap isn't GMAC's only problem. As this WSJ article reports, GMAC's auto financing has been hit hard by the declining sales of pickups and SUVs.

As I recommend with any bank, it's wise to stay under the FDIC limits. Even with the latest news, GMAC Bank appears to have solid financial numbers: 4 star rating (sound) at based on 12/31/07 data and a 4 star rating (excellent) at BauerFinancial based on 3/31/07 data. More financial details on GMAC Bank can be viewed at this FDIC page.
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Anonymous   |     |   Comment #2
Senator Concerned over IndyMac Share Drop-off.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) sent letters to federal regulators asking them to more closely monitor the financial health of IndyMac, the Pasadena, Calif.-based mortgage lender whose share price dropped below $1 as worries grew about the mortgage lender's ability to deal with heavy losses on defaults…

I wonder how many shares He owns at IndyMac?????
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #3
How about Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

Before coming to Treasury, Paulson was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs since the firm’s initial public offering in 1999.

In 2000 he invested over 100 Millions at Bear Stearns.

In 2008 his buddy Ben Bernanke printed 30 Billion Dollars to pay for bailout and save his investments.

Talking about corruption at high level, whole Congress is biased and full of "scratch my back I will scratch yours". We the people are to be blamed for not voting the incumbents out and clean the rotten potatoes.

Something to think about in November's election day.

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