Posted by Current CD Rates on 05/25/08 in Current CD Rates
US Bank has increased the rate on its CD specials. The new 59-month CD yield is 4.65% APY, and the 43-month CD yield is 4.10% APY. The shorter term yields are much lower: 3.50% APY for a 23-month CD and 2.80% APY for a 11-month CD.
One important detail regarding this CD is a severe early withdrawal penalty. According to the CD disclosure, the penalty for the 59 month CD would be over 29.5 months of interest on the amount withdrawn. Here’s how it’s described in the disclosure:
If your account has an original maturity greater than one year, the penalty will be the greater of either A or B, plus a $25 early withdrawal fee.
A. One-half of the interest that would have been earned on the funds withdrawn if held for the entire term.
B. 3% of the amount withdrawn.
Early withdrawal penalties for long term CDs are typically only 6 months of interest, so this is much worse. If inflation forces interest rates to shoot up, a small early withdrawal penalty can save you a lot of money, when you want to close the CD and move the money into an account with a higher rate.
US Bank does have an online application. However, you can only open the CD online if you already have a checking account with them and you use the checking account to fund the CD. Otherwise, you have to come into one of their branches. They do not accept checks by mail to fund a CD.
US Bank has branches in 26 states. It’s a large bank with $232.8 billion in assets.
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