About Ken Tumin

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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Tremont Credit Union (MA) Offers 15-Month Add-On CD, 3.05% APY
Deal Summary: 15-Month New Member CD Special, 3.05% APY, $1k minimum deposit, one additional deposit, new members with new money.

Availability: Residents of Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk Counties (MA); more than 250 SEGs.

For a limited-time, Tremont Credit Union (TCU) is offering a 15-month New Member CD Special earning 3.05% APY, with the rate applying to “new money and new memberships only.” The minimum opening deposit is $1k, with no stated balance cap.

In addition to a competitive rate, the CD Special permits one additional deposit.

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4Front Credit Union (MI) Adds Rewards Checking, 4.08% APY Up To $15k
Deal Summary: Straight4ward Rewards Checking, 4.08% APY up to $15k

Availability: Residents of Michigan

Earlier this month, 4Front Credit Union (4Front) unveiled its new rewards checking account (RCA), Straight4ward Rewards Checking, which earns 4.08% APY on qualifying balances up to $15k. Balances above $15k and non-qualifying balances do not earn any interest. For whatever reason, RCAs have been slow to keep pace in the current rising rates climate, so it’s quite nice to see a new 4%+ RCA.

Monthly Qualifying Requirements

  • Deposit $500 or more (direct...
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All America Bank/Redneck Bank Boosts Mega MMA to 2.25% APY
Deal Summary: Mega Money Market, 2.25% APY on balances up to $50k, balances over $50k earn 0.50% APY, minimum $500 opening deposit.

Availability: Nationwide

The latest banks to raise their Money Market Account rates are the Oklahoma-based, All America Bank and its online “country cousin” division, Redneck Bank. Their Mega Money Market (MMM) accounts now earn 2.25% APY on balances up to $50k, with balances over $50k continuing to earn 0.50% APY.

All America Bank and Redneck Bank first launched the MMM, along with the Rewards...

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Georgia Banking Company Has Nationally Available 4-Year CD, 3.35% APY
Deal Summary: Certificates – 2-year (3.00% APY), 4-year (3.35% APY), 5-year (3.50% APY); Kasasa Cash, 2.95% APY up to $25k; Kasasa Saver, 1.25% APY up to $50k.

Availability: Nationwide

When I wrote about Georgia Banking Company (GBC) in April 2017, its Kasasa brand products had recently been made nationally available. I have to admit I was slightly skeptical when GBC announced this change. Based on my many years as an observer of the banking industry, I’ve occasionally seen smaller banks find the demand for a...

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Consumers Credit Union Ups 45-Month CD Special (3.35% APY)
Deal Summary: Jumbo CD Specials – 45-month (3.35% APY), 15-month (2.85% APY), $100k minimum. CD Specials – 45-month (3.25% APY), 15-month (2.75% APY), $250 minimum.

Availability: Easy Membership Requirement

It’s been almost two years since Illinois-based Consumers Credit Union (CCU) had a competitive CD. That changed this week with new rates on CCU’s Jumbo CD Specials ($100k minimum): 45-month (3.35% APY) and 15-month (2.85% APY). The non-Jumbo version of these CD Specials can be opened with a $250 minimum deposit and earn APYs...

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Mercantil Bank Ups 60-Month Online CD To 3.50% APY
Deal Summary: 60-month Online CD, 3.50% APY, $500 min/$250k max deposit of new money, with $500k maximum deposit per customer.

Availability: Online market area includes all of Florida and Texas. In-branch market area is South Florida and Houston metro area.

More than a year ago, Mercantil Bank began offering Online CDs to all Florida and Texas residents. Over the weekend, the rate on the 60-month Online CD was raised to 3.50% APY. New money is required to open an Online CD, with a...

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Fahey Bank (OH) Offers 60-Month CD Special
UPDATE: 9/13/2018 – Only available to Ohio residents.

Deal Summary: CD Specials – 48-month (3.50% APY), 60-month (4.00% APY), $500 minimum deposit, Kasasa checking required.

Availability: Nationwide Ohio residents only.

For a limited time, Fahey Bank (Ohio) has a series of CD Specials with a Kasasa Cash checking relationship. Of the five CD Specials offered, the 48-month (3.50% APY) and 60-month (4.00% APY) have the most competitive rates. The minimum opening deposit for any of the CD Specials is $500, with no stated balance cap.

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F&M Bank (TN) Ups 24-Month My Choice CD APY
Deal Summary: My Choice CDs – 12-month (2.50% APY), 24-month (3.00% APY), $1k min/$500k max deposit, new and renewal money, one penalty-free withdrawal, one rate step-up.

Availability: Market area includes seven middle Tennessee counties.

Last week, F&M Bank raised the rates on its 12-month (2.50% APY) and 24-month (3.00% APY) My Choice CDs. These limited-time CDs can be opened with a $1k minimum deposit (either new or renewal money) and are capped at $500k. The intrinsic value of these two CDs is enhanced by “one penalty free...

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Poppy Bank (CA) Offers Poppy Savings At Two Branches
Deal Summary: Poppy Savings, 2.50% APY, $10k minimum, guaranteed through December 31, 2019, checking requirement.

Availability: Offer in-branch at the Menlo Park and Milpitas locations only.

Poppy Bank (formerly First Community Bank) is currently offering a Poppy Savings/Poppy Checking combo special only at its Menlo Park and Milpitas branch locations. Both accounts must be opened at the same time. (Note: since this offer is limited to only two branch locations, the Poppy Savings account is not listed in any of DA's rate tables.)

Poppy Savings

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Main Street Bank Ups Nationally Available 36-Month CD
Deal Summary: 36-month CD (3.00% APY), 48-month CD (3.15% APY), $500 minimum deposit

Availability: Nationwide

It’s been more than 2½ years since I last wrote about Michigan-based Main Street Bank. At that time, Main Street Bank was offering a 12-month CD that was 5 bps short of being a rate leader. Since then, the Bank’s CD rates haven’t merited a blog post, but that changed at the end of last week. With several rate increases ranging from 50 to 130 bps, Main Street Bank CDs have become...

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