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Banking in the Des Moines Area

Des Moines is both the capital city and largest city in Iowa. Des Moines has a large metro area, with the city itself only making up about one-third of the entire metropolitan area. Other surrounding cities include West Des Moines, Ankeny, and Clive. Because of its size and location, Des Moines has become a major financial center, mostly for insurance, but also for banking.

Des Moines is the home city for a whopping 108 banks and 37 credit unions. What is interesting, though, is that nearly all those banks are small. Notable institutions with headquarters in the Des Moines area include Bankers Trust Company, Principal Bank, West Des Moines State Bank, Bank Iowa, and First American Bank. Hardin Bank has been around since 1868, making it the oldest Des Moines bank that's still operating.

Like any other large city, Des Moines has many branches other regional and national banks as well. Overall, there are more than 150 banks and 50 credit unions with a presence in the Des Moines metro area, and those institutions have a combined 730 branches.

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Greater Iowa CU Features 19-month CD Special
Availability: Residents of 33 Iowa counties; several SEGs; members of previously merged credit unions; military relationship. Greater Iowa Credit Union (Greater Iowa) is currently offering a 19-month CD Special (1.61%
Wells Fargo & Company: The Teflon Bank?
Wells Fargo & Company, with $1.7 trillion in assets, as of September 30, is currently the second largest bank in the U.S., and one of the world’s most valuable banks
University of Iowa CCU Adds 9- And 19-Month CD Specials
Availability: University of Iowa students, staff and alumni; residents of 48 Iowa counties and four Illinois counties. It’s the beginning of a new month – time for a new promotion
Village Credit Union (IA) Has Limited-Time 9- and 13-Month CDs
UPDATE 8/14/2016: Village Credit Union has added a Special Rate 9-month CD (2.00% APY). Availability: Residents of the central Iowa counties of Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Polk, Story, and
Collins CCU Adds New 19-Month Certificate Special
Availability: Residents of 38 eastern Iowa counties Over the past two years, I have written about a number of competitive Certificate Specials offered by Collins Community Credit Union (Collins CCU).