May 26th, 2010
We have seen more rates decreasing again this month. The highest Certificate of Deposit rates for one year with healthy banks are averaging below 1.25%. One Star to Two star rated banks are still popping in around 1.50%. We heard that a bank in Puerto Rico was offering a 2.25%, but only for local credit unions. It has to turn around someday. I’m a using little different format this time.
One Year CDs
Northpointe Bank has top CD rates at 2.05%. Of course there is a catch. It is actually a 2-year CD with no penalty to close after 1-year. So after 1-year it basically becomes a liquid CD. Quite a nice feature. Bank does have some weakness though. Alliant Credit Union has a 1.75%. We’ve featured them before. They have a 3 to 4 star rating depending on whom you ask.
Eighteen Month CDs
Alliant Credit Union has a 2.00%. First City Bank of Florida has a 2.00%. They have a 1-star rating. Aurora Bank FSB (FKA Lehman Brothers Bank) has a 1.78%. They have a 2-star to 3-star rating. And yes, they are trying to distance themselves from their past failures.
Two Year CDs
We have a bank with a 2.50%. They are 3 to 4 star rated. Alliant has a 2Y at 2.25%. Alliant came on the scene a few years ago and has continued to keep their rates quite competitive. And of course as I mentioned above, Northpointe has a 2.05%.
Three Year CDs
First Federal Bank of the Midwest has a 37-month at 2.75%. They have a 4-star rating. Alliant Credit Union comes in second with a 2.50%. Pentagon Federal Credit Union also has a 3-year at 2.50%. They have a 4-star rating.
Five Year CDs
Acacia Federal Savings Bank has a 3.20%. They have a 2-star rating. Nationwide Bank has a 3.10% and only a 6-month penalty to close. Ally Bank is supposed to have a 60-Day penalty and their rate is 2.99%. At least they could have made it an even 3.00%.
Please remember that although we strive for accuracy mistakes can be made. Please verify federal insurance, rates, and ratings with any institution you are looking to make deposits with.
-- By +Chris Duncan