Melrose Credit Union’s 12 month CD rate

May 5, 2009 7 Comments »

Still looking for a 12 month CD yielding a >3.0% interest rate?

Well, we just got tipped off on a sweet 1 year CD offer from a credit union in Queens New York called Melrose Credit Union. Currently they have a 12 month certificate of deposit yielding 3.03% APY (roughly twice the national average).

Although they are a smaller credit union, they still offer their certificate of deposit products to banking consumers nationwide (as long as you’re willing to pay the small “one-time membership fee” of $1.00).

Melrose Credit Union was originally established in 1922 to service the financial needs of residents of the Bronx, New York. Since then they have grown to not only service consumers nationwide, but now control roughly $1.35 billion in deposits and $1.5 billion in loans. They are currently headquartered in Briarwood, New York and are the 10th largest credit union in the state. They have 65 employees and 25,000+ members. Their certificate of deposit rates are regularly recognized as some of the highest in the country.

Terms and Conditions:

An early withdrawal penalty applies to all Share Certificate Accounts. All new share certificate purchases and renewals will compound dividends quarterly. The interest rate will be determined in the same manner as other share certificates, however due to the compounding there will be an APY on share certificates which is different than the rate. Please note that members will still have the option of having their quarterly dividend transferred to another share account. The minimum purchase for Share Certificates is $5,000. The minimum purchase for IRA Share Certificates is $4,000. (Additional limitations and regulations apply to IRA accounts. Please contact a Member Service representative for further information and disclosures).

Rates good as of April 2009.

Our take:

This is a great rate for a 12 month CD. Interest rates in general are only headed down in the near term, so locking in a longer term deposit (such as a 3 year or 5 year CD) may be a better option to hedge against future falling rates. The FED has made it quite clear that they aren’t going to be raising rates until we are out of this recession.

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  • 12 month cd

    Is the rate 2.75 or 3.03? I am getting conflicting rates on different pages of their website.

  • ger

    its 3.03% on the homepage. good rate, can’t find a better rate for 1 year terms

  • JFK

    Have been involved with Melrose for a few months-Great experience. CD rate seems to be higher than almost all.
    A much better experience than evantage bank!

  • JFK


    Melrose is located in Queens not upstate!

  • BankVibe

    Thanks JFK! The changes have been made.

  • John Doe

    Self reliance NY FCU is 3.30 APY for 1 yr…but they only will take ukrainians & slavs…and their staff is RUDE!

  • Rosalie Smith