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PenFed 3 Year CDs at 5% APY

Written by Nickel - 7 Comments

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I just got an e-mail from Pentagon Federal Credit Union announcing that their 3 year CD pays 5% APY (rate effective June 1- June 29). It’s sort of a strange rate schedule, as their 3, 4, 5 and 7 year CDs now all have the same APY. In a rising rate environment, I’m not sure who would opt for the longer term… Anyway, I can personally vouch for PenFed — we’ve had CDs there for close to 2.5 years and have never had a problem. I have no idea if this is the best deal going, but it beats the heck out of the averages on Bankrate.com. Note that, like all credit unions, you have to meet their criteria for membership. In this case, however, that’s pretty easy to do. Even if you’re not affiliated with the military in any way, you can simply join the National Military Families Association (NMFA). The NMFA requires a $25 annual membership fee, but you don’t have to maintain your membership beyond the first year in order to remain a member of PenFed. And you can sign up for the NMFA over the phone with PenFed when you’re opening your account, which makes it really easy.

Published on June 1st, 2005
Modified on January 7th, 2014 - 7 Comments
Filed under: Banking, Saving & Investing

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7 Responses to “PenFed 3 Year CDs at 5% APY”

  1. 1
    Don Hogeland Says:

    I am a member of PenFed as is the non-profit business I am treasurer of. I looked at their web site but did not see any 5% CD’s. Is that CD no longer available?

  2. 2
    nickel Says:

    Don, those rates are abot four months old. I just checked and none of their current certificates are anywhere near that. PenFed rates tend to fluctuate up and down pretty, and not necessarily in step with Fed rate changes.

  3. 3
    Bobby H. Price Says:

    Why don’t you publish your CD rates in the monthly news publication? You used to do this please start again. THANKS, Bob Price

  4. 4
    Blaine Moore Says:

    What newsletter is that?

  5. 5
    nickel Says:

    Yeah, I’m not sure. I’ve never run a newsletter.

  6. 6
    jim Says:

    Sometimes people think you’re who you write about (tons of people think I’m jim = Jim Cramer and ask for stock advice)…

  7. 7
    John Howard Says:

    Penfed is currently offering, for IRA’s and CD’s:

    7-Year 6.00% APY
    5-Year 5.75% APY
    3-Year 5.50% APY

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