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Capital One CD rates

Capital One 360 CDSM rates

Comparable rates to its leading competitors and with no minimum deposit amount.

Term

APY

6 month

0.60%

9 month

0.80%

12 month

2.20%

18 month

1.90%

24 month

1.80%

30 month

1.70%

36 month

1.65%

48 month

1.65%

60 month

1.60%

  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Early withdrawal penalty: Three months’ interest for CDs with terms of 12 months or shorter and six months’ interest for terms longer than 12 months

Capital One 360 CDs are best for those looking for a conservative investment option. Once you open and fund an account, your rate is guaranteed until maturity. If rates change, they will offer the highest interest rate up to 10 calendar days within the funding period. Deposits are also FDIC insured up to $250,000 per depositor.

Interest earned in the CD is accrued daily and compounded monthly. You can either keep the interest in your CD, or have it deposited to another Capital One account or an external one. Interest disbursements can be credited monthly or yearly if the CD term is 12 months or longer. When your account matures, you have a 10-day grace period to make a decision. Otherwise, they will automatically renew it for the same period as the original term.

As with any CD, if you do make a withdrawal before maturity, you’ll face an early withdrawal penalty, listed above.

You can open a Capital One 360 CDSM online, through Capital One’s mobile app, in a Capital One cafe, or in one of their branches. To do so, go to their website and fill out an online application. You’ll need to provide personal details such as your address, employment information and Social Security number. You’ll also need to agree to receive paperless statements. Otherwise, you’ll have to call the bank after opening the account if you want paper statements sent to your home. Afterward, you’ll need to link another account, verify you’re the owner and fund your CD.

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How Capital One’s CD rates compare

Capital One has some of the best CD rates available. What makes its CD stand out even more is that there is no minimum deposit amount and the early withdrawal penalties are one of the lowest.

Capital One’s Money Market account

Capital One 360 Money Market®

One of the highest savings rates offered with access to an ATM card.

APY

Account Balance

0.85%

Less than $10,000

2.00%

$10,000+

  • Minimum opening deposit: $0
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $0
  • ATM fee: $0 at a Capital One ATM, but withdrawals are limited to $1,000 per day
  • ATM fee refund: $0
  • Overdraft fee: Your transaction will be denied

Those after a savings account with high rates will want to consider Capital One’s 360 Money Market® account. Like the savings account, there are no minimums and fees for the money market account, but it offers a higher rate if you can maintain a daily minimum balance of $10,000 or more.

Just like the savings account, you do not get check-writing capabilities. You do however, get access to an ATM card to make ATM transactions. You can also transfer between linked accounts online, go on their mobile app or by calling the bank. Per federal regulations, you’re also limited to six withdrawals every month, including transfers between Capital One accounts.

You can open a Capital One 360 Money Market® account online, on the bank’s mobile app, at a cafe, or in one of their branches. To apply online, head over to their online application form and fill out your personal details such as your name, address and Social Security. From there, you’ll need to link an external account, or if you have a Capital One account, it’ll automatically be linked. Then it’s just a matter of making your initial deposit.

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How Capital One’s 360 Money Market® account compares

Capital One’s 360 Money Market® account is one of the best money market accounts available. While the higher APY is tied to a higher balance amount, you don’t need to maintain a certain balance amount in order to avoid fees. Much like Capital One’s other accounts, their money market account is fee-free. Another unique aspect of this account is that Capital One will provide a 360 Money Market Card that you’re able to use at ATMs. Just keep in mind that you’ll be limited to withdrawing $1,000 per day and that by Federal law, you can only withdraw from this account six times per statement cycle.

Capital One’s savings account

Capital One 360 Savings®

Slightly lower rates compared with other online options and no ATM access.

APY

Minimum Balance Amount

1.00%

$0

  • Minimum opening deposit: $0
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $0
  • ATM fees: No access to ATMs
  • ATM fee refunds: None
  • Overdraft fees: This account doesn’t allow overdrafts

Capital One’s 360 Savings® account is designed to help you earn a high interest rate while giving you some liquidity. Interest earned is compounded and deposited into your account monthly. If you intend to keep a balance of $10,000 or more on a regular basis, you may want to consider Capital One’s 360 Money Market® account, which offers a higher APY and many of the same features.

Unfortunately, you don’t get an ATM card with a savings account. As it is with all savings accounts, you’re limited to six withdrawals a month, per federal regulations. You can make transactions online, at a branch, via their mobile app or by calling customer service. If you want to write checks and/or have ATM access, you can link your savings account to your Capital One 360 Checking account.

You can open an account online, on your phone, or at one of their branches or cafes. To apply online, go to their website and fill out an online application. You’ll be prompted to enter personal details such as your address, Social Security number and home address. Afterward, you’ll need to link a personal checking account from Capital One or another U.S. financial institution. After you verify the linked account and fund your Capital One account, you’re good to go.

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Capital One Kids Savings Account

Help your child learn about saving with an account that offers automatic savings plans and the ability to earn interest.

APY

Minimum Balance Amount

1.00%

$0

  • Minimum opening deposit: $0
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $0
  • ATM fees: No access to ATMs
  • ATM fee refunds: No access to ATMs
  • Overdraft fees: This account doesn’t allow overdrafts

The Capital One Kids Savings Account is meant to help children learn about earning interest and the benefits of using a bank account. Parents and legal guardians can open an account with a child under the age of 18. You can open this account either in the child’s name, your own name or both. No matter which option you choose, you and the child will be joint account holders. The parent or legal guardian can fund the account from an external link or an existing Capital One 360 account.

Once you sign up for an account, you and your child will have separate logins and PINs. Your child can sign in to check their balance, but the adult needs to be the one to make deposits or withdrawals. Adults also have at the option to make automatic deposits into the account. Since it is a savings account, you are limited to six withdrawals per calendar month, including transfers between accounts.

To open an account, you can to do so online via their application form, in a Capital One cafe, in a branch or by calling 1-888-464-7868. You’ll need to provide personal details for both you and your child such as name, address and Social Security number. You’ll then need to link a personal checking account, either from Capital One or an external one. Once you verify you’re the owner of the external account, you can then fund your child’s Capital One account.

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How Capital One’s savings accounts compare

Capital One’s saving account is great if you don’t have a lot of money to deposit into a savings account, but other online savings accounts have higher rates.

Capital One checking accounts

Capital One 360 Checking

Convenient access to funds with a competitive interest rate.

APY

Account Balance

0.20%

Less than $50,000

0.50%

$50,000 - $99,999.99

0.75%

$100,000+

  • Minimum opening deposit: $0
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $0
  • ATM fees: $0 at a Capital One ATM
  • ATM fee refunds: None
  • Overdraft fees: Capital One 360 Checking provides a few options. You can choose auto-decline for transactions that would overdraw your account, or you can link your savings account to cover the overdrawn amount. There’s also the Next Grace option, which gives you one business day to replace the overdrawn amount before charging a $35 fee. The overdraft line of credit offers you an opportunity to withdraw money from that account and pay interest (the rate is variable – please check with Capital One for the current rate) for the amount borrowed.

Capital One’s checking account is for those who want an account with no fees and no minimum deposit requirement. With this account, you get a 360 Checking MasterCard® debit card, mobile banking, online bill pay and your first checkbook for free. Subsequent checkbooks cost $5.

Their mobile app has Zelle, which lets you easily send money to other people, even if they don’t have a Capital One account. You also get access to over 38,000 Capital One and Allpoint ATMs for free. While you won’t get reimbursed for any fees charged by out-of-network ATMs, they won’t charge you anything on its side.

To open an account, you can apply online by filling out an application or by going to a Capital One cafe or branch. You can also apply via your mobile phone. You’ll be asked to provide details such as your name, Social Security number and employment information. After agreeing to receive only paperless statements and linking a bank account, just fund your new checking account and you’re all set.

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Capital One MONEY Teen Checking Account

Help your teen manage money independently by giving them access to a joint account.

APY

Minimum Balance Amount

0.25%

$0

  • Minimum opening deposit: $0
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $0
  • ATM fees: $0
  • ATM fee refunds: None
  • Overdraft fees: Transaction will be denied

The MONEY account is designed to help teenagers learn how to manage their own money. You’ll essentially be a joint account owner with your child, and have access to the same features, but you won’t receive a debit card. Your teen will be able to make transactions such as depositing checks via the mobile app, check their balance and make withdrawals. However, there are no check writing or bill-pay options. You can monitor account activity by logging in online or signing up to receive text and email alerts. Once your teen turns 18, they have the option to move their money over to a 360 Checking account. To be eligible for a Capital One MONEY account, the account owner must be the teen’s parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian can fund the account from an external link or an existing Capital One 360 account.

You can open a Capital One 360 MONEY account online, through Capital One’s mobile app, in a Capital One cafe, or in one of their branches. You and your teen will be asked to provide personal details such as your address, Social Security numbers and employment information. You’ll also need to comply with certain disclosures, including agreeing to only receive paperless statements. Afterward, you’ll need to link an account and verify you are the owner. Once the account is funded, you and your teen can start making transactions.

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How Capital One’s checking account compares

Capital One’s checking account rates are tiered, which means the highest APY is tied to the highest balance amount. If you’re able to keep a high balance in a checking account, you’ll be able to earn some of the best rates for a checking account. Keep in mind, however, that being able to earn interest on a checking account is not the important feature, it’s more of a bonus. What you’ll want to pay more attention to are the fees that may be associated with the account. Capital One doesn’t charge any monthly fees and using an ATM is free as long as you use a Capital One or AllPoint ATM.

Capital One IRA accounts

Capital One 360 IRA CD®

A great, conservative investment with no minimum deposit.

Term

APY

6 month

0.60%

9 month

0.80%

12 month

2.20%

18 month

1.90%

24 month

1.80%

30 month

1.70%

36 month

1.65%

48 month

1.65%

60 month

1.60%

  • Minimum opening deposit: $0
  • Early withdrawal penalty: Three months’ interest for CDs with terms of 12 months or shorter and six months’ interest for terms longer than 12 months

The thing that stands out most about Capital One’s 360 IRA CD®s, relative to other products with tax benefits, is the fact that there’s no minimum deposit requirement. This makes saving for retirement more accessible to people who want to get started but don’t have much cash on hand.

Interest is compounded and credited monthly. You cannot make partial withdrawals of your principal, and the APY assumes you leave the interest in your account to compound. If you do withdraw the principal early, you must pay a penalty (listed above), and if you take a distribution from your IRA CD, you may be subject to penalties and taxes. Upon maturity of your IRA CD, you have a 10-day grace period to redeem your deposit or change the amount or term, before it automatically renews.

You can open a Roth or traditional IRA CD by applying online. When you open a 360 IRA CD®, you also get a 360 IRA Savings® account, so you have somewhere to put your money after your CD matures but before you want to take a distribution. You open the account by linking a personal checking account to your 360 IRA Savings® account and transferring money to the IRA CDs you wish to open.

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How Capital One’s IRA CD rates compares

Capital One has some of the best IRA CD rates. Not only do they have great rates, but they also don’t require a minimum amount to open the account – which is rare. Starting with the 12-month IRA CD, Capital One offers a higher rate of return than the IRA savings account, so unless you need your retirement funds very soon, it makes sense to put conservative IRA investments into one of these CDs.

Capital One 360 IRA Savings®

An easy-to-open, no-fee investment option with benefits, FDIC protection, no minimum deposit, and low returns.

APY

Minimum Balance Amount

0.80%

$0

  • Minimum opening deposit: $0
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $0
  • ATM fee: There is no ATM access to 360 IRA Savings®

The 360 IRA Savings® account is a tax-advantaged account to help you save for retirement, and is offered as both traditional and Roth IRA savings accounts. You can only make deposits to and withdrawals from (called distributions) this account online, and any early distributions are subject to IRS penalties and taxes. You may, however, transfer money from 360 IRA Savings® to 360 IRA CD®s. In 2017 and 2018, you may contribute no more than $5,500 to all of your traditional or Roth IRA accounts ($6,500 if you’re 50 years or older). In 2019, limits will be raised allowing you to contribute up to $6,000 to all of your traditional or Roth IRA accounts ($7,000 if you’re 50 years or older).

This account is best for savers looking for a very conservative investment — while you get a return on the money you deposit, it will not keep up with inflation in the long term. Unless you’ll be drawing on your retirement funds within the next year, you’re better off putting your money in one of Capital One’s IRA CD®s, which offer better rates starting at 12-month terms.

You can apply for a Capital One IRA Savings® account online, and it’s considered open once you fund the account and complete the bank’s verification process.

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Overall review of Capital One’s banking products

Capital One’s banking products offer above-average rates, no minimum deposit amounts and virtually no fees. The bank also offers free checks from your first checkbook, mobile banking and a user-friendly website, making it a great option. When you’re looking for the best rates on any given product, keep Capital One in the mix.

What makes this bank noteworthy is its low barrier to entry, as well as its options for both kids and teens. Capital One’s MONEY account in particular offers the ability to give teenagers more independence over their money while still giving parents a way to oversee their finances. The kids savings account is also a great choice since it gives kids a separate online login and the opportunity to check their balance. Other online banks have limited options in this area.

If you’re looking to keep most of your finances in one place and the ability to earn good rates, this bank is a great choice. Although some of their accounts may not offer the same features and high rates like some other banks, there’s a reason why so many bank with Capital One.

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Security Service Federal Credit Union Review: Checking, Savings, CD, Money Market and IRA Accounts

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Security Service Federal Credit Union checking account options

Power Checking

This is a free checking account that doesn’t earn any interest
  • Minimum opening deposit: $25
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None for in-network ATMs (including CO-OP and Stripes locations); $1.50 for out-of-network ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $32.50

This is a basic checking account best for those looking to avoid fees, though you don’t earn any interest. You get free online and mobile banking, and a debit card. If you choose, you can personalize your debit card with a photo. The only monthly fee you may need to pay is a $3 charge for paper statements.

This checking account also offers the Member Overdraft Privilege program™, a service that covers overdrafts up to $1,000. These transactions include recurring debit card payments, checks and automatic bill payments. You’ll be charged the $32.50 overdraft fee if this service does kick in.

Alternatively, you can link your savings or money market account to have funds automatically transferred in case you don’t have enough money in your checking account. The first three transactions are free each month, but then you’ll need to fork over $2 for each excess transfer.

How to get the Power Checking account

You can open a Power Checking account through an online application form. You’ll need to select which option qualifies you for membership and open a basic savings account with $5 to establish membership. Then, provide details such as your address, Social Security number and employment information. Afterward, you can fund your account.

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Power Protected Checking

You can earn interest with this checking account, along with other perks.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.05%
$0
0.40%
$10,000
0.50%
$25,000
0.60%
$50,000
0.75%
$100,000
0.95%
$250,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $25
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $6 (this can be waived)
  • ATM fee: None for in-network ATMs (including CO-OP and Stripes); $1.50 for out-of-network ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: $32.50

This checking account is best for those looking for an account that helps to protect their finances and gives cashback rewards. Account holders get identity theft protection, such as credit score tracking, text alerts and ID theft reimbursement up to $25,000. You also get $0.10 cash back for each purchase with your debit card as well as mobile phone coverage — up to $250 — in case you accidentally damage your phone.

This account also comes with the Member Overdraft Privilege program™, which covers up to $1,000 in overdrafts. It includes checks, recurring debit card payments and automatic bill payments. If you opt into this program, you’ll be charged the $32.50 overdraft fee.

Alternatively, you can link your money market or savings account to automatically transfer funds. You don’t need to pay for the first three overdraft transactions in a given month, but if you go over that number, you’ll need to pay $2 for each excess transfer.

Although there is a monthly maintenance fee, you can waive that if you maintain a monthly average balance of $50,000 or more. If you elect to receive e-statements, you’ll avoid the $3 paper statement fee.

How to get the Power Protected Checking account

You can complete an application form online to open an account, where you’ll need to indicate how you qualify for membership and agree to open a basic savings account as well. Then, you’ll need to provide information such as your name, address, employment information and Social Security number. After that, you can fund the account.

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Power Youth Checking

Teens 13 to 17 can open this account to establish membership.
  • Minimum opening deposit: $25
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: None for in-network ATMs (including CO-OP and Stripes); $1.50 for out-of-network ATMs
  • ATM fee refund: None
  • Overdraft fee: N/A

This account is meant for anyone between the ages of 13 to 17 who wants to get a head start on managing their money. Account holders don’t earn any interest, but you’ll get free paper or electronic statements, and both online and mobile banking access. You can also personalize a debit card with a photo of your choosing.

Once the account holder turns 18, you’ll receive a notice that the account will be converted to a Power Protected Checking account.

How to get the Power Youth Checking account

A parent or legal guardian needs to be a joint owner on the account. Your child also needs to open a youth savings account and indicate before filling an online application form how they qualify for membership (if you’re already a member, this counts). Then, you’ll need to provide details such as your name, address and Social Security number, and fund the account.

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How Security Service Federal Credit Union’s checking accounts compare

Although the Power Protected Checking account does offer some decent rates when compared with our list of the 10 best online checking accounts, it requires a high account balance minimum in order to get those rates. Also, you’re stuck with a maintenance fee unless you can maintain the balance amount required to waive it. Sure, it’s pretty cool that you can get a personalized debit card, but that perk isn’t worth it considering there are much higher rates out there, plus many of these online banks also offer free checks and no fees.

Security Service Federal Credit Union savings account options

Basic Savings account

Everyone needs to open this account to establish membership.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.10%
$5
  • Minimum opening deposit: $5
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $5
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $3 (this can be waived)
  • ATM fee: N/A
  • ATM fee refund: N/A
  • Overdraft fee: N/A

This is a required account to establish membership with the credit union. As long as you maintain a minimum balance of $100, you can waive the monthly maintenance fee. The fee is also waived if the primary account holder is 65 or older, has a loan with the credit union or a Power or Power Protected Checking account. If you link your Basic Savings account to a checking account, you can use it as overdraft protection and get ATM access. Although you do get unlimited ATM access, you are allowed up to six certain withdrawals/transfers per month for other types of transactions as mandated by Federal Reserve Regulation D. Otherwise, you’ll be charged $10 for each excessive transaction. You can also be charged $2 per withdrawal if you make more than four over the counter.

How to get the Basic Savings account

To open an account, head over to the credit union’s website and fill out an online application form. You’ll need to choose how you can quality for membership then fill in your personal details such as your name, address, employment information and Social Security number. Then, you can fund your account.

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Club Savings account

Achieve your short-term savings goals, but you may be better off with a CD account.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.10%
$5
  • Minimum opening deposit: $5
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $5
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: N/A
  • ATM fee refund: N/A
  • Overdraft fee: N/A

The Club Savings account is meant to help you set aside money for a specific purpose or a short-term savings goal. You can make as many deposits as you want. You’re limited to transferring funds on Oct. 31.

If you take out money before Oct. 31, you’ll forfeit all the interest you would have earned that month, plus Security Service Federal Credit Union will close the account.

How to get the Club Savings account

You’ll need to open a Basic Savings account to establish membership if you want to open a Club Savings account. Head to the credit union’s online application form and indicate how you qualify for membership, then fill in your personal details such as your name, address, employment information and Social Security number. Then, you can fund both your accounts.

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Youth Savings account

Anyone under age 18 will need this account to establish membership.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.10%
$5
  • Minimum opening deposit: $5
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $5
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: N/A
  • ATM fee refund: N/A
  • Overdraft fee: N/A

This is a required account for anyone under the age of 18 to establish membership with the credit union. Those ages 13 to 17 can link to the youth checking account. Parents or legal guardians need to be a joint owner and will have complete access to the account. Once the child turns 18, the account will be converted to a Basic Savings account.

Since this is a savings account, Federal Reserve Regulation D states that you are allowed to make a maximum of six debits per month. If you go over that amount, Security Service Federal Credit Union will charge a $10 excess transfer fee per withdrawal, or $2 each if you make more than four withdrawals in person.

How to get the Youth Savings account

You and your child will need to open an account together by filling out an online application form. First, indicate how your child qualifies for membership and then provide details such as both your names, address and Social Security number. Once completed, you can fund the account.

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How Security Service Federal Credit Union’s savings accounts compare

The basic savings account for the credit union falls way short when compared with other options offered online. Most of these account have no minimum balances or fees. If you’re looking to maximize your savings with a higher APY, you’re better off looking at our list of the current best online saving accounts.

Security Service Federal Credit Union CD rates

Traditional certificates

Earn competitive rates the more you deposit into the CD.
$500 opening deposit
TermAPY
3 months0.55%
6 months1.45%
1 year1.60%
15 months1.80%
2 years1.90%
30 months2.90%
3 years2.00%
5 years2.25%
7 years2.40%
$25,000 opening deposit
TermAPY
3 months0.60%
6 months1.50%
1 year1.65%
15 months1.85%
2 years1.95%
30 months2.95%
3 years2.05%
5 years2.30%
7 years2.45%
$50,000 opening deposit
TermAPY
3 months0.65%
6 months1.55%
1 year1.70%
15 months1.90%
2 years2.00%
30 months3.00%
3 years2.10%
5 years2.35%
7 years2.50%
$100,000 opening deposit
TermAPY
3 months0.65%
6 months1.55%
1 year1.70%
15 months1.90%
2 years2.00%
30 months3.00%
3 years2.10%
5 years2.35%
7 years2.50%
  • Minimum opening deposit: $500 – $100,000
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: Tiered – see tables above
  • Early withdrawal penalty: Depends on length of term:
  • 1 year or less — 90 days’ of interest or 30 days if your CD has earned less than 30 days’ of interest
  • Less than 5 years — 180 days’ of interest or 60 days’ of interest if the CD has earned less than 60 days’ interest
  • 5 years or more — 360 days’ of interest or 90 days’ of interest if the CD has earned less than 90 days’ interest

These fixed-rate CDs are best for those looking for a conservative investment vehicle as you’re guaranteed the above rates as long as you keep the funds in the CD for the agreed term. These CDs are also best for those looking to take out a secured loan, as the credit union allows you to use the CD balance as collateral. Interest is compounded daily and credited to your account monthly. You can choose to have interest earned transferred to another account or kept in the CD.

The credit union will send you a notice 20 days before your CD matures. When it does, you have a seven-day grace period where you can withdraw funds, make additional deposits or renew for another term. Otherwise, it’ll automatically be renewed.

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Future Builder Share Certificate

This CD allows you to make additional deposits and withdrawals before maturity.
TermAPYMinimum opening deposit amount
1 year1.20%
$250
1 year1.25%
$25,000
1 year1.30%
$50,000
1 year1.30%
$100,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $250 – $100,000
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: Tiered – see table above
  • Early withdrawal penalty: Applies to those who withdraw more than 50% of CD balances. The penalty is 90 days’ of interest or 30 days’ of interest if the CD earned less than 30 days’ of interest.

This CD is best for those who want a conservative investment account with some liquidity. Unlike the traditional CD, a Future Builder Share Certificate allows unlimited deposits up until the last seven days before your account matures. You can also make make withdrawals up to 50% of your account balance per day and as long as you keep at least $250 in the account.

Interest is compounded daily and credited monthly. You can choose to keep interest earned in the account or transferred to another account. Like the traditional certificate, you can also use the CD balance as collateral in a secured loan with the credit union.

You’ll receive a notice 20 days before your CD matures. Once it does, you’ll have a seven-day grace period in which you can renew for another term, make additional deposits or withdrawals. Otherwise, the CD will automatically be renewed.

How to get Security Service Federal Credit Union’s CDs

Opening a Security Service Federal Credit Union CD first requires you to establish membership with a Basic Savings account. Both accounts can be opened with an online application form where you’ll indicate your membership qualifications, then provide personal details such as your name, address, employment information and Social Security number. Once that’s done, you can fund both accounts.

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How Security Service Federal Credit Union’s CD rates compare

Security Service Federal Credit Union’s CD rates are pretty much on par with what’s being offered out there. The minimum deposit amount is lower than what’s currently being required by some of the banks on our list of the best CD rates.

In addition, the Future Builder Share Certificate is unique in that it gives account holders the opportunity to make additional deposits or withdrawals before maturity. The rate is slightly lower, but it could be worth it if you value the flexibility.

Security Service Federal Credit Union money market account option

Security Service Money Market account

You won’t earn a high rate with this account.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.30%
$0
0.30%
$10,000
0.40%
$25,000
0.45%
$50,000
0.60%
$100,000
0.85%
$250,000
  • Minimum opening deposit: $1,000
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $0
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $10 (this can be waived)
  • ATM fee: N/A
  • ATM fee refund: N/A
  • Overdraft fee: N/A

The Security Service Money Market account is best for those who want a bit more flexibility than a savings account as it offers limited check-writing capabilities. You can also access your cash via ACH transfer. In order the avoid the monthly maintenance fee, you’ll need to maintain a minimum daily account balance of $1,000.

Since this is considered a savings account, Federal Reserve Regulation D states that you are allowed up to six certain debits a month. If you go over this, you’ll be charged a $10 fee on each excess related transaction. Your account may be closed if you keep exceeding the transaction limit.

How to get Security Service Federal Credit Union’s Money Market account

You need to become a member in order to open the credit union’s money market account. To do so, fill out an online application form and indicate how you qualify, and agree to open a basic savings account to establish membership. Next, you’ll need provide information such as your name, address and Social Security number. Then, you can fund your accounts.

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How Security Service Federal Credit Union’s money market account compares

The rates for the Security Service Federal Credit Union Money Market account isn’t anywhere near the rates we’re seeing on our list of the best money market rates. Many of its competitors don’t have minimum opening deposits and some even offer limited ATM and check-writing access. If you’re after a flexible money market account that offers better rates, you’re better off going elsewhere.

Security Service Federal Credit Union IRA options

IRA CD rates

Fixed-rate IRA certificates

Earn some decent rates with this retirement account.
$500 opening deposit
TermAPY
3 months0.55%
6 months1.45%
1 year1.60%
15 months1.80%
2 years1.90%
30 months2.90%
3 years2.00%
5 years2.25%
7 years2.40%
$25,000 opening deposit
TermAPY
3 months0.60%
6 months1.50%
1 year1.65%
15 months1.85%
2 years1.95%
30 months2.95%
3 years2.05%
5 years2.30%
7 years2.45%
$50,000 opening deposit
TermAPY
3 months0.65%
6 months1.55%
1 year1.70%
15 months1.90%
2 years2.00%
30 months3.00%
3 years2.10%
5 years2.35%
7 years2.50%
$100,000 opening deposit
TermAPY
3 months0.65%
6 months1.55%
1 year1.70%
15 months1.90%
2 years2.00%
30 months3.00%
3 years2.10%
5 years2.35%
7 years2.50%
  • Minimum opening deposit: $500 – $100,000
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: Tiered – see tables above
  • Early withdrawal penalty: Depends on length of term:
    • 1 year or less — 90 days’ of interest or 30 days’ of interest if your CD has earned less than 30 days’ of interest
    • Less than 5 years — 180 days’ of interest or 60 days’ of interest if the CD has earned less than 60 days’ of interest
    • 5 years or more — 360 days’ of interest or 90 days’ of interest if the CD has earned less than 90 days’ of interest

This IRA CD is best for those looking for a guaranteed rate of return on their cash. As long as you keep your money in for the agreed term, you’ll earn the advertised rate. Interest is compounded daily and paid out each month. Interest earned can be kept in the IRA CD or transferred to another account, though you may be limited by the IRS as to whether or not you can. In this case it’s best to consult a representative at the credit union or a tax professional for guidance.

You’ll receive a 20-day notice before the CD matures. Once it does, account holders receive a seven-day grace period to make additional deposits, withdrawals or renew for another term. Otherwise, it’ll be renewed automatically.

How to get Security Service Federal Credit Union’s IRA CDs

You’ll need to first establish membership by selecting how you qualify on its online application form. You’ll also need to open a basic savings account with $5 to complete the membership process. The form will ask you to fill in your personal details like your name, address and Social Security number. Then, select the CD term (it’ll be for a regular traditional certificate initially) and fund the savings and CD account. Afterward, send a secure message in your account to let the credit union know that you want to open a fixed-rate IRA certificate.

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How Security Service Federal Credit Union’s IRA CD rates compare

The rates for the IRA CD are slightly lower than what’s being currently offered out there. While some of the banks and credit unions on our list of the best IRA CD rates require a higher minimum opening deposit, the rates could be worth it. If you’re looking to maximize your retirement savings, you may be better off shopping around.

IRA savings account

It’s not the best rate.
APYMinimum Balance to Earn APY
0.40%
$5
  • Minimum opening deposit: $100
  • Minimum balance to earn APY: $5
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: $10
  • ATM fee: N/A
  • ATM fee refund: N/A
  • Overdraft fee: N/A

This savings account is best for those wanting a more flexible option than an IRA CD, as you can make withdrawals at any time. However, you’re allowed up to six specific debits a month as mandated by Federal Reserve Regulation D. You may also face IRS penalties if you’re younger than 59½, so check the rules and regulations.

How to get Security Service Federal Credit Union’s IRA savings account

You can only apply for an IRA savings account by calling customer service at 1-888-415-7878.

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Overall review of Security Service Federal Credit Union’s banking products

Security Service Federal Credit Union offers some competitive CD rates along with the ability to make withdrawals before maturity through the Future Builder Share Certificate. Otherwise, the other accounts don’t really stand out.

Another shortcoming is that in order to open any account, you need to become a member by opening a savings account, as is typically the case with a credit union. Yes, it only requires a $5 opening deposit, but you’ll be charged a monthly maintenance fee if you don’t meet the minimum deposit amounts. If that’s a turnoff for you, then it’s probably a better idea to look elsewhere.

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An In-Depth Review of Ally Bank’s Rates

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Ally Bank Savings Account Rates

There are virtually no fees with an Ally savings account, no minimum balance requirements, and high interest rates.

Ally Bank Savings Account

APY

Minimum Amount to Open

Monthly Fee

1.80% APY

No minimum

none

  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: N/A
  • ATM fee refund: N/A
  • Overdraft fee: N/A

With Ally Bank’s savings account, you can access funds online or via their app by making an ACH transfer (wire transfers are subject to a fee) or by requesting a check. You can make deposits either with an ACH transfer or via Ally eCheck DepositSM.

However, you do not get a debit card with a savings account, meaning you cannot deposit or withdraw cash from your account. You’re also limited to six withdrawals per statement cycle, although you can make unlimited deposits. If you make more than six, you’ll be charged $10 per transaction. Other fees include overdraft fees, cross border transactions, expedited delivery and returned checks.

While we consider Ally Bank to be one of the best online savings accounts, other online savings accounts have higher APYs as high as 1.60% APY with no minimums and monthly fees. However, not all banks offer a mobile banking option.

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Ally Bank CD Rates

While Ally Bank doesn’t ask for a minimum deposit amount to open a CD, their best CD rates are tied to high deposit amounts.

Ally’s CD features three products: the High Yield CD, the Raise Your Rate CD and the No Penalty CD. The APYs currently available depend on your opening deposit and term length. All accounts have no minimum balance requirement, though rates will vary depending on the term and amount deposited.

All of Ally Bank’s CDs have a Ten Day Best Rate Guarantee. If their rate goes up within 10 days and you make a deposit within 10 days of account opening, you will get the better rate. This rate also applies when you renew your CD account. Interest is compounded daily with all accounts and your account will be automatically renewed when your CD matures. If you choose to close a CD account, you have a 10-day grace period after the maturity date.

Ally’s CD rates are lower than some of its competitors. You can easily find a 12-month CD at 2.10% APY with a $500 and a three-year at 2.50% APY with only a $2,000 minimum. Other banks also offer higher APYs on CDs with other terms and often require lower minimum deposit amounts than Ally’s middle tier.

High Yield CD Rates

 

Up to $5K

$5K-$25K

$25K+

3 months

0.75% APY

0.75% APY

0.75% APY

6 months

1.00% APY

1.00% APY

1.00% APY

9 months

1.25% APY

1.25% APY

1.25% APY

12 months

2.15% APY

2.15% APY

2.15% APY

18 months

2.05% APY

2.15% APY

2.20% APY

3 years

2.10% APY

2.20% APY

2.25% APY

5 years

2.30% APY

2.30% APY

2.30% APY

  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: None (Rates will vary depending on the term and amount deposited)
  • Early withdrawal penalty:
    • Usually the longer the term, the more interest you’ll be charged

The High Yield CD is a more traditional CD featuring a fixed term and interest rate until maturity. You can choose terms anywhere from 3 months to 5 years, with varying APYs. This type of CD has the highest rates compared with the Raise Your Rate and No Penalty CD. The highest rate is 2.30% APY for a five-year term, with no minimum deposit.

With the High Yield CD however, you are subject to an early withdrawal penalty. The penalty charged depends on your CD terms. Usually the longer the term, the more interest you’ll be charged. Currently, the maximum you may be penalized is 150 days of interest. If the interest you’ve earned so far is less than the penalty, the rest will be deducted from the balance in your CD.

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Raise Your Rate CD

Term

APY

2 years

2.15% APY

4 years

2.15% APY

  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: None (Rates will vary depending on the term and amount deposited)
  • Early withdrawal penalty:
    • For a two-year term, you’ll be charged 60 days interest
    • For the four-year term, you’ll be charged 120 days interest

The Raise Your Rate CD gives you the option to raise your rate during your term, once for a two-year term, and twice for the four-year term. You’ll get the opportunity to do so if the rate goes up and your balance tier increases. Currently, the APY is lower than the High Yield CD, which could mean that you earn less in interest.

Like the High Yield CD, you will also be subject to early withdrawal penalties. For a two-year term, you’ll be charged 60 days interest; it’s 120 days of interest for the four-year term. Like the High Yield CD, the penalty may be deducted from your CD’s balance if the interest you’ve earned is lower than the penalty amount.

You also cannot make partial withdrawals.

No Penalty CD

 

Up to $5K

$5K-$25K

$25K+

11 months

1.65% APY

1.80% APY

2.00% APY

  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: None (Rates will vary depending on the term and amount deposited)
  • Early withdrawal penalty:
    • There is no penalty for withdrawing your money early, after the first six days

The No Penalty CD is only offered for 11 months. This type of CD may be suitable for those who may want to withdraw their money before the term is up — for instance, in an emergency or when you reached your short term savings goal.

There is no penalty for withdrawing your money early, after the first six days. However, if you don’t plan on withdrawing your money for a few years, you may want to consider the other two options for higher interest rates.

You also cannot make partial withdrawals.

Ally Bank Money Market Account Rates

While Ally Bank’s money market account has some useful features, you can easily find higher rates at other banks.

Ally Bank Money Market Account Rates

APY

Minimum Daily Balance

Monthly Fee

0.90% APY

Up to $24,999

$0

1.00% APY

$25,000

$0

  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: There are no fees if you withdraw cash from any Allpoint ATM
  • ATM fee refund: You will be reimbursed up to $10 per statement cycle for fees charged at other cash machines nationwide
  • Overdraft fee: N/A

Ally Bank’s money market account rate isn’t the greatest rate you’ll find out there by a long shot — you can easily find money market rates as high as 1.85% APY elsewhere. You can even score a better rate by parking your cash in a regular Ally Bank savings account.

Still, Ally Bank’s Money Market Account has some useful features. You get a free debit card and checks with a money market account. There is no minimum amount to open the account and no monthly fees. There are no fees if you withdraw cash from any Allpoint ATM, but you will be reimbursed up to $10 per statement cycle for fees charged at other cash machines nationwide. You’re also limited to six transactions per statement cycle like the online savings account, though you get unlimited ATM withdrawals. You also don’t get access to online bill pay like you can with a checking account.

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Ally Bank Checking Account Rates

Ally Bank’s checking account provides beneficial features to account holders, but their rate is on the low end compared to other banks.

Ally Bank Checking Account

APY

Minimum Balance Amount

Minimum Amount to Open

Monthly Fee

0.10%

none

none

none

0.60%

$15,000

none

none

  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: There are no fees if you withdraw cash from any Allpoint ATM
  • ATM fee refund: You will be reimbursed up to $10 per statement cycle for fees charged at other cash machines nationwide
  • Overdraft fee: $25 (If you don’t have a savings account or didn’t link them together)

Ally Bank’s interest checking account gives you access to online bill pay, transfers between bank accounts, an option to send money to others, as well as free checks and a debit card. There are no minimum amounts to open an account but you’ll get a higher interest rate if you can keep your minimum balance at $15,000. Although we consider Ally Bank to have an all-around great checking account, compared with other banks’ checking accounts, their APY is on the low end.

But, as previously noted, if your minimum balance amount is greater than $15,000, Ally will offer a better rate.

You can send money to friends and family with Zelle®. All you need is the person’s mobile number, email address or bank information, and funds will be transferred via Ally’s app or online. If you link your account to a savings account, you can get free overdraft protection. And you can make unlimited transactions, unlike with the online savings account.

In addition to online transfers, you also get a MasterCard® debit card. Although you cannot make cash deposits, you can easily withdraw cash from any ATM. There are no fees if you take money out from any AllPoint ATM in the U.S. For other domestic ATMs, you’ll get reimbursed a maximum of $10 per statement cycle.

However, if you use your debit card outside the U.S., you’ll be charged a 1% transaction fee. You’ll also be charged a $25 overdraft fee if you don’t have a savings account or didn’t link them together. If you want same-day or overnight bill pay, you’ll be subjected to a fee. Other fees include stop payments, rush delivery (debit card/checks) and returned deposits.

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Ally Bank IRA CD Rates

IRA CD rates at Ally Bank are some of the highest and they’re tiered like their regular CDs.

Ally Bank’s IRA CDs come in terms from three months to five years. Accounts are available as a Traditional, Roth, or SEP IRA, and interest is compounded daily. When the IRA CDs mature, you have a 10-day grace period to withdraw your money or it’ll be automatically renewed. You also have the option to do a rollover to Traditional or Roth IRAs. Both IRA CDs will offer the best rate within 90 days after account opening, or when you fund your account.

Similar to their regular CD rates, Ally Bank offers high rates on their IRA CDs and they don’t require a minimum balance to earn the APY.

IRA High Yield Rates

 

Up to $5K

$5K-$25K

$25K+

3 months

0.75% APY

0.75% APY

0.75% APY

6 months

1.00% APY

1.00% APY

1.00% APY

9 months

1.25% APY

1.25% APY

1.25% APY

12 months

2.15% APY

2.15% APY

2.15% APY

18 months

2.05% APY

2.15% APY

2.20% APY

3 years

2.10% APY

2.20% APY

2.25% APY

5 years

2.30% APY

2.30% APY

2.30% APY

  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: None
  • Early withdrawal penalty:
    • 60 days of interest with a IRA 18 months or less
    • 150 days of interest with terms longer than 48 months

The High Yield CD IRA is best for those looking for a short-term option or seeking a higher rate for longer terms. The highest rate offered is for the five-year term with no minimum deposit. For those interested in creating CD ladders, this type of account offers an excellent opportunity.

However, there are early-withdrawal penalties which vary depending on your CD IRA terms. You’ll be charged more the longer the term. The minimum you’ll be charged is 60 days of interest with a IRA 18 months or less, and 150 days of interest with terms longer than 48 months. Usually the longer the term, the more interest you’ll be charged. Currently, the maximum you may be penalized is 150 days’ interest.

IRA Raise Your Rate CD

Term

APY

2 years

2.15% APY

4 years

2.15% APY

  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Minimum balance amount to earn APY: None
  • Early withdrawal penalty:
    • A two-year IRA will be charged 60 days of interest
    • A four-year IRA will be charged 120 days of interest

The Raise Your Rate CD IRA gives you the chance to increase your rate if your balance tier or the rate for your term increases. You can do this once for a two-year term account and twice for a four-year account. This account is best for those who believe interest rates will go up.

There are no minimums with this account, but you may be subject to a maximum amount depending on the type of IRA you choose. You’re also subject to early-withdrawal penalties. A two-year IRA will be charged 60 days of interest; it’s 120 days for a four-year account. If you’re under the age of 59.5, you may also have to pay another 10% to the IRS.

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Ally Bank IRA Savings Account Rates

Ally’s IRA savings doesn’t come with early withdrawal penalties, but you can get higher rates with a long-term IRA CD.

Ally Bank IRA Online Savings Account

APY

Minimum Amount to Open

Monthly Fee

1.80% APY

No minimum

none

  • Minimum opening deposit: None
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None
  • ATM fee: N/A
  • ATM fee refund: N/A
  • Overdraft fee: N/A

The rate for the IRA Online Savings is variable, meaning it may change after you open an account. Though the rate is lower compared with the other IRA options, you’re not subject to an early-withdrawal penalty, though the IRS may tax you if you’re under 59.5.

If you do make early withdrawals, you’re only allowed a maximum of six per statement cycle. You get charged $10 for each transaction over that amount. To access your money, you’ll need to request a distribution.

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Conclusion

You don’t need to rely on your brick-and-mortar bank for competitive rates, products, and customer service. Ally Bank provides products at competitive rates, with convenient access via their mobile app or online portal.

Ally’s no-minimum opening deposits and fees make it more accessible to everyone. Its online accounts for checking and savings cover all the basics, and with no maintenance fees.

Because there are a growing number of alternative online banks these days, it’s important to compare rates at a number of banks to find the best deal possible. Depositaccounts.com, also owned by LendingTree, is a great research tool you can use to compare rates easily online.

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