Best CD Rates For December 1, 2010 (Updated)

We have to post an update to the best CD rates leaderboard because of some major changes. Melrose Credit Union decided to lower their rates yesterday by about a tenth of a point across the board and since they owned the top spots for four major CD terms, we decided to post a mid-week update.

Now that Melrose lowered their rates, this has caused some major shake ups to our leaderboard, with other banks and financial institutions closely behind or over taking Melrose on some CD terms.

The New York based credit union still sits at the top of the 36-month and 60-month CD rates and ties for the lead of the 12-month term.

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank out of Florida and Bank of Internet from San Diego California still hold onto their spots of the 3-month and 6-month CDs.

Here is the updated rate table for the best CD rates in the nation:

*TermBankDecember 1November 29
3 Month CDSanibel Captiva0.95% APY0.95% APY
6 Month CDBank of Internet1.15% APY1.15% APY
12 Month CDMelrose Credit Union
Bank of Internet
1.41% APY1.51% APY
24 Month CDBank of Internet1.72% APY1.76% APY
36 Month CDMelrose Credit Union2.17% APY2.27% APY
60 Month CDMelrose Credit Union2.93% APY3.03% APY

All of these financial institutions allow anyone nationwide the ability to open and invest into their certificates of deposit, either through the mail or online. Most credit unions have strict requirements that drastically reduce who can qualify for their CD products, but Melrose is an open-ended Credit Union, allowing anyone, anywhere to register for a $1 fee.

Be sure to check out the most up to date CD rates from our CD rate boards. These rates can be out dated and as with any certificate of deposit, these rates can change at any time.


Alask USA Credit Union Review and Rates

Alaska USA Credit UnionAlaska USA Federal Credit Union primarily serves Alaska, the Puget Sound area of Washington State, and California’s High Desert.

Currently Alaska USA is the largest provider of consumer financial services in Alaska. Member is groing in Washington and California. Alaska USA Credit Union provides business services, including checking, commercial loans, and insurance.

See a BankAims List of Credit Unions and Info about each.

Here are some facts about Alaska USA CU from their website.

  • Founded in 1948
  • Over 390,000 members in all 50 states and around the world
  • Over $4 billion in assets
  • 59 branches in Alaska, California, and Washington
  • Most branches open seven days a week
  • Financial Centers in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Soldotna, and Wasilla
  • Offers consumer and commercial deposit and loan services, as well as mortgage and real estate loans, insurance, investments and investment management, and title and escrow closing services
  • Credit union accounts federally insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF)

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is one of the largest Credit Unions in the Nation.

Alaska USA CU Deposit Rates.

Rates and terms vary depending on minimum deposit amount.  With a $500 deposit rates are as follows. (Please note the date of this article for rate accuracy.)

Alaska USA CU Loan Rates

  • 30 year fix – 4.5% with a 4.631% APR
  • 15 year fix – 3.750% with a 3.975% APR

To see more information or get rate info see here.


Best CD Rates For Week Of November 22, 2010

Tis the season to give thanks and in the realm of investing, there isn’t too much to give thanks for. Over the past year we have seen CD rates continue their downward fall, with a few bright spots like iGObanking, when they where offering the highest 2 year CD, which even beat the highest 3 year CDs. Even now as banks continue to cut rates, Melrose Credit Union continues to provide outstanding products. This small, single office in Queens New York is offering the best nationally available return on the 12-month, 24-month, 36-month and 60-month certificates of deposit.

The other two banks, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank from Florida and Bank of Internet based out of San Diego California offer the best 3 month and 6-month terms.

All of the major banks, such as Chase, Band of America, Wells Fargo, stopped offering competitive rates ever since the financial crisis started in 2008.

*TermBankNovember 22Last Week
3 Month CDSanibel Captiva0.95% APY0.95% APY
6 Month CDBank of Internet1.15% APY1.15% APY
12 Month CDMelrose Credit Union1.51% APY1.51% APY
24 Month CDMelrose Credit Union1.76% APY2.00% APY
36 Month CDMelrose Credit Union2.27% APY2.27% APY
60 Month CDMelrose Credit Union3.03% APY3.03% APY

CD rates can change at a moment’s notice so be sure to check our CD rates page for the most up to date information.

We list these banks and credit unions because they offer their rates to anyone nationwide.

Unlike most credit unions, Melrose is open to savers regardless of where they live and work. Anyone can open an account with Melrose for only a $1 joining fee and a minimum of $25 kept in a savings account.


Top 2 Year CD Rates Drop Below 2%

It didn’t take long for iGObanking to realize how well they were paying on their 2 year CD. Just last month they were paying almost half a point higher than the next leading 2 year CD, then dropped their rates to 2.00%, still beating out the competition. Now iGObanking has dropped their 24 month rate to 1.00% APY, lower than the highest leading 6-month and 12-month rates, which are 1.15% and 1.51%.

This might be a sign of things to come as rates continue their slide down the charts. No other bank or financial institution is close to paying 2% on any 24 month CD. Keep in mind that the national average of a 2 year CD is sitting right around 0.77% APY.

Here are the next best 2 Year certificates of deposit:

  • Melrose Credit Union at 1.76% APY with a minimum deposit of $5,000 and is located in Queens, NY.
  • Presidential Bank at 1.75% APY with a minimum deposit of $1,000 and is located in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.
  • Bank of Internet at 1.72% APY with a minimum deposit of $1,000 and is an online bank from San Diego, CA.
  • Discover Bank at 1.65% APY with a minimum deposit of $2,500 and is the online bank owned by the credit card company.

All of these banks and credit union allows anyone to join or buy their CDs. Melrose Credit union allows anyone to join for only $1. They impose no restrictions and are located out of Queens, New York.

Be sure to compare all of the best CD rates from our certificates of deposit database.


FedONE Credit Union 6 Month CD Rate at 1.00% APY

The best CD rate for the 6 month term is sitting at 1.15% from Bank of Internet, but FedONE Federal Credit Union comes in close. We are seeing a trend that many Credit Unions are starting to take the top spots of most certificate of deposit rates, at the same time large banks are cutting their rates and falling off the leading charts. FedONE Federal Credit Union doesn’t have one of the best 6 month CD rates, but they do have something worth mentioning. This small credit union has been in business for over four decades, which is something worth noting with all of the current bank failures going on.

You have to become a member at FedONE before you can buy into any of their CDs. Each CD account requires a minimum deposit of $1,000.

Other FedONE CD rates:

  • 12 month certificate of deposit at 1.10% APY
  • 24 month certificate of deposit at 1.35% APY
  • 36 month certificate of deposit at 1.35% APY

FedONE has been around since 1961 when the Justice Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services opened their own credit union stationed in San Pedro, California. Since the beginning FedONE has evolved into one of the best California credit unions, servicing the INS, Department of Justice employees who work in or are headquartered in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Territory of Guam, the Mariana Islands and their immediate family.

FedONE has two California locations in Laguna Niguel and Los Angeles. Be sure to check their website for all of their updated CD rates.


iGObanking Drops Highest 24 Month CD Rate

I guess all good things come to an end, at least in this economy. iGObanking just lowered their 24 month CD rate from 2.25% to 2.00% APY, which is still over a quarter point higher than the next leading rate from Bank of Internet at 1.72% APY. Even though iGObanking dropped their 2 year CD rate to 2.00%, that rate is actually third best for the 3 year CDs.

iGObanking is an online division of Flushing Savings Bank in New York.

Here are the next best nationally available 2 year CD rates:

  • Melrose Credit Union at 1.76% with a minimum deposit of $5,000, based out of Queens, New York.
  • Bank of Internet at 1.72% with a minimum deposit of $1,000, based out of San Diego, California.
  • Discover Bank at 1.65% with a minimum deposit of $2,500, the online bank of the major credit card company.

All of these banks and credit unions allow anyone to purchase their certificates of deposit and impose no other restrictions.

Melrose Credit Union allows anyone, anywhere to join for only $1 and must keep at least $25 in a savings account.

Be sure to check out our best CD rates leader-board for the best CDs in your area.


MetLife Moves To Top 1 Year CD Rates

MetLife moves up to being the second best 12 month CD rate available with some stipulations. The top 12 month CD rate goes to Melrose Credit Union at 1.51% with a minimum deposit of $5,000, but closely behind Melrose is MetLife at 1.45% with a steep $25,000 minimum.

MetLife’s top rate of 1.45% APY is definitely worth second place, but this online bank owned by the big insurance company requires a large investment to earn the 1.45%.

If you invest less than $15,000 in their 1 Year CD, you will earn 1.00% APY and 1.35% APY for investments of $15,000-$24,999. Any investment above $25,000 will earn you the top rate of 1.45% for the 12 months.

Melrose Credit Union still holds the top spot of the 12 month CDs at 1.51% APY, with a much smaller minimum deposit required.

Other best available CD rates include:

  • Bank of Internet at 1.41% APY with a minimum deposit of $1,000. This online bank is out of San Diego, CA.
  • Sallie Mae Bank at 1.40% APY with no minimum deposit and is owned by the big student loan lender Sallie Mae.
  • Ascencia at 1.40% APY with a minimum deposit of $500. This is an online division of PBI Bank in Louisville, KY.

All of these financial institutions have no restrictions on who can buy into their CDs. Melrose Credit Union allows anyone, anywhere to join by filling out an application and pay their $1 fee.

CD rates are always adjusting, so be sure to compare and find the best CD rates from our database of banks and credit unions.