Village Bank CD Rates: 20% higher than national average

February 2, 2010 1 Comment »

Village Bank, based out of Richmond, Virginia, is offering some fairly decent CD (certificate of deposit) rates as of this week. Unfortunately for most of us, however, these products are only available to those residing within their community.

Some of their deposit products which are beating the national averages by the highest margins are: a 6 month CD yielding 1.36% APY with a minimum deposit of a $1,000 required, a 12 month CD yielding 1.71% APY with a minimum deposit of $500 required, and a 3 year CD yielding 2.68% APY with a minimum deposit of $500 required. The national averages for 6 month, 1 year and 3 year CDs are 0.89% APY, 1.31% APY, and 2.05% APY respectively.

Village Bank’s Current CD Rates:

Minimum Openings Deposit Interest Rates Annual Percentage Yield
1 Month Certificate $1,000.00 1.10% 1.10%
3 Month Certificate $1,000.00 1.15% 1.16%
6 Month Certificate $1,000.00 1.35% 1.36%
9 Month Certificate $1,000.00 1.50% 1.51%
12 Month Certificate $500.00 1.70% 1.71%
12 Month No Penalty Certificate
(1 Withdrawal No Penalty)
$15,000.00 1.25% 1.26%
15 Month Certificate $500.00 2.05% 2.07%
18 Month Certificate $500.00 2.10% 2.12%
21 Month Certificate $500.00 2.15% 2.17%
24 Month Certificate $500.00 2.25% 2.28%
30 Month Certificate $500.00 2.40% 2.43%
36 Month Certificate $500.00 2.65% 2.68%
37 Month Certificate $1,000.00 2.70% 2.74%
48 Month Certificate $500.00 2.80% 2.84%
60 Month Certificate $500.00 3.00% 3.04%

To find an optimal product, compare the above CD rates with the best CD rates in Virginia.

Village Bank’s footprint within the community:

  • Employees get two days paid time off each year to donate their time and resources to community projects of their choosing.
  • Village Bank created the Village Bank High School Scholarship program that offers $2,500 scholarships to outstanding high school students interested in continuing their education.
  • Their green initiative includes installing recycling bins at all of their locations, moving their customers towards using electronic statements instead of paper ones and instituting a recycling program for all of their employees both at the branches and at their offices to reduce waste going to landfills.

Our take:

If you’re within Village Bank’s membership eligibility we would suggest opting for a deposit with a longer term maturity. Their 3 month CD is currently the beating the national average by the highest margin of all their long term deposit offers – but we would still recommend considering a longer deposit of 5 years. The FED has made it quite clear interest rates are going to continue downward and will likely stay there for a number of years (or until we have sufficiently climbed out of our current recession). Therefor locking in a long term deposit while rates are still decent may be a good move to hedge against future falling rates.

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  • Jenni

    Why dont some of these banks just open online branches and take deposit money from people like me from any state in the country? sheesh