To be eligible for this promotional CD rate offer, customer must also either open a new Prime Dime Rewards Checking or Dime Rewards Checking account and conduct specific types of transactions, or add such transaction activity to an already established Prime Dime Rewards or Dime Rewards Checking Account. PLEASE CALL US FOR DETAILS at 1-800-321-3463.
This 2.50% promo is listed on their home page (impossible to miss) as of 1/13/2010.
Since you have to open a checking account and conduct specific types of transactions, this special is similar to the $300 checking bonus that they were offering last year. If you can invest $50K, you'll make about $937 in the 9 months. That's about $273 more than what you would make in 9 months in the EBSB Direct 1.77% APY 10-month CD (see post).
The old $300 checking bonus was available nationwide. However, I don't see any online application link for this promo. It only says to call for details. I'll try to call later to see who's eligible. When I called last year, I was told they do a hard credit inquiry in the application via eFunds.
These checking accounts are not high yield reward checking accounts. There is no high yield, but on the plus side, there are no debit card usage requirements. However, both accounts require that direct deposit or use of Dime's online bill payment services be maintained each month. If this requirements is not maintained, you may be required to close the account upon 30 days written notice.
Details of the Prime Dime Rewards Checking are listed in this account disclosure. Two important details include:
- Rates: 0.25% APY for under $5K, 0.50% APY for $5K to $25K
- $15 monthly maintenance fee if average daily balance is under $5,000
- Non-interest bearing checking account
- $12 monthly maintenance fee if average daily balance is under $2,500
Dime Savings' branches are located throughout the Greater New York metro area.
Dime Savings Bank has some solid financial ratings for safety and soundness: 4 stars (excellent) at BauerFinancial (based on 9/30/09 data) and 4 stars (sound) at Bankrate.com (based on 6/30/09 data). It has been a FDIC member since 1943 (FDIC Certificate # 16012).
Thanks to the reader who emailed me news of this special.
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