Update 5/30/2014: The custodial CD rate has fallen from 2.50% to 2.35%.
A CD with a top rate is being offered through the custodial CD program of Jumbo CD Investments, Inc. It's a 10-year CD with a 2.35% interest rate (APR). Minimum deposit is $100,000, and it has a 9-month early withdrawal penalty. It’s nationally available, and compared to other nationally available CDs, it is competitive. As of 5/16/2014, the highest CD rate that doesn’t require an active checking account is 3.00% APY for a 10-year CD at MidFirst Direct, and that’s only available in certain states. Also, MidFirst Direct has much larger early withdrawal penalties. There are some 5-year rates with decent penalties that are close to this, but if you are at the FDIC maximum with those already, this could be a good alternative. To see how these CDs compare when you factor in the EWP, refer to our CD Early Withdrawal Penalty calculator.
This isn’t the typical type of CD that you get from your local bank or credit union. You have to go through a custodian bank. However, both the custodian bank and the issuing bank are FDIC members, and the CD will be FDIC-insured by the issuing bank (assuming you keep the amount under the FDIC limit). Unlike the typical brokered CD, you can’t sell this on the secondary market if you need to redeem the CD early. The issuing bank will just charge you a 9-month early withdrawal penalty.
This CD is available for both personal and business accounts. Joint and trust accounts can also be established and used to increase the amount that is FDIC insured.
I’ve always tried to share with you the best CD deals even when they’re not the typical bank CD. That’s the reason I’ve always included credit unions. I’ve also mentioned brokered CDs when they have offered higher rates. In this case, you can get a good rate especially if you are already at the FDIC/NCUA insurance limits on the higher rate institutions.
This CD will be held by an FDIC bank, but it won’t be purchased directly from the bank. You have to go through a custodian bank (which is also a FDIC member). The bank that issues the CDs doesn’t want to deal with retail deposits directly, and that’s the reason for the custodian bank.
This CD offering is available through the CD placement service, Jumbo CD Investments, Inc. Chris Duncan from Jumbo CD Investments reached out to me to promote this deal. Since it's a good deal, I decided to help promote it.
Chris Duncan has worked for Jumbo CD Investments since 1999, and over the years Chris has often shared his CD experiences at DepositAccounts.com and at my Bank Deals blog before DA. You can learn more about Chris and Jumbo CD Investments at their About-Us page.
Chris provided me the steps that you’ll go through if you’re interested in this CD:
- Review the CD offer at Jumbo CD Investments at this link, and give them a call
- Jumbo CD Investments will send you a custodial agreement from the bank that will serve as the custodian. Jumbo CD Investments will also provide you information on the bank that will issue the CD. You’ll be able to confirm that both banks are FDIC members. You can also use DA’s Bank Health Ratings page to check on their financial health.
- Fax the completed custodial agreement to Jumbo CD Investments along with your w-9 and an authorized signer resolution.
- Place your order with Jumbo CD Investments and wire transfer your funds to the custodian bank to purchase your FDIC-insured CD.
- Jumbo CD Investments will notify the bank and provide them with all of the setup documents.
- This completes the CD opening process. You will receive a confirmation from the custodian bank.
- After the CD is opened, interest can either be paid monthly via check or a direct deposit to another bank account (via ACH) from the custodian bank.
- The custodian bank will send you monthly statements with no fees.
- When the CD matures or is closed early, you can choose to have the principal and interest wired back to your own bank without any fee.
It's not common for this type of deal to be made available to retail investors. If this is interesting to you, check out the Jumbo CD Investments’ special page and click on the "Get Started" button. From there you can contact Chris and learn more about the CD details. Also, feel free to ask questions in the comments of this post. Chris will be happy to answer your questions.
When I promoted a similar CD last year, Chris answered many questions in the comments. You can see those questions and answers in this blog post. One of those comments in that post came from a long-time DepositAccounts.com reader, OCSteve who has spent many years in the banking industry. Below is an excerpt of OCSteve's comment from last year:
When you contact Chris, he will send you via e-mail many items about his firm's background, his resume of experience in this business line, several other bank specific agreements, etc. My impression is that Chris is very good at what he does, has been doing it for several years and it may warrant our review.
You can read more of OCSteve’s comments here.