Consumers Credit Union CD rates review
Choose from 11 terms to find competitive interest rate options.
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Chicago-based Consumers Credit Union (CCU) offers 11 CD term options to its members with a low minimum deposit. You can earn up to APY, but you have to open a 20-month CD to get it.
|Early withdrawal penalty||60 days interest for terms of 1 to 12 months |
120 days interest for terms of 13 + months
|Minimum deposit to open||$250|
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Consumers Credit Union CD rates aren’t the best on the market, with APYs clocking in a full percent less – or more – than some of the top performers on the market. On the bright side, CCU does offer a whopping 11 terms to choose from, and you only need $250 to open the account. To compare, most CDs with similar rates require you to put in at least $500 to $1,000.
To open a CD, you need to become a Consumers Credit Union member and open up a savings account. It will run you $5 to become a member and while this sounds low, you aren’t exactly gaining a benefit like higher APYs for that membership cost.
As a quick example, the 1-year term with CCU earns an APY of 0.45%. Meanwhile Quontic, a bank with similarly lax requirements for deposits, offers a 1.75% APY on a 1-year term. Here’s a quick example of the potential difference in returns on a 1-year CD.
CCU: $10,000 deposit x 0.45% APY = $10,045
Quontic: $10,000 deposit x 1.75% APY = $10,175
That’s a $130 difference in favor of Quontic, without the need for a monthly fee. On the whole, CCU CDs aren’t the worst option out there but there are plenty of stronger choices.
How do I open a CD with Consumers Credit Union?
- Go to the provider’s site and follow the steps to apply.
- From the website, choose Open an Account and select Certificates of Deposit.
- Read and accept the requirements and disclosures, then choose Continue.
- Select the CD term you want and click or tap through the steps to enter your personal information.
- Upload a photo of your government-issued ID.
- Read and accept the agreements and disclosures.
- Choose how to fund your account.
- Review your information and submit your application.
To open a CD with Marcus by Goldman Sachs, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:
- At least 18 years or older
- $5 minimum membership share savings account to maintain credit union membership
- US citizen or resident
- No credit freezes currently on your credit report
- $250 minimum deposit
Have the following information ready before you apply:
- Valid Social Security number or taxpayer identification
- Government-issued ID
- Information and ID for any joint account holders
- Funding information, such as your bank routing and account numbers for transfer or card number, expiration date and CVV code
Use one of the following methods to fund your account:
- ACH transfer
- Credit or debit card
3 benefits of a Consumers Credit Union CD
CCU offers all the standard CD perks, such as a fixed APY for the life of the CD term, but also these additional benefits:
- Low minimum deposit. You can open a CD for as little as $250 and still get better-than-average interest rates.
- Competitive rates. Despite average CD rates hitting historic lows at 0.22% on 24-month CDs, CCU offers APY on a 20-month term CD, meets the average rate on several other terms and offers 1.1% on its four-year CD and 1.35% on its five-year CD.
- Interest compounded daily. Unlike Consumer Credit Union’s savings accounts, CCU compounds the interest on your CDs daily and deposits that interest monthly to help you reach your savings goals quicker.
2 potential drawbacks
Keep the following drawbacks in mind before you apply:
- Membership required. Because CCU is a credit union, you must maintain a savings account with a $5 minimum deposit to open a CD.
- Limited branch offices. If you’re more comfortable with in-person banking and live outside the Chicago area, this credit union may not be for you.
If you’re not interested in maintaining a second account or want more customer service options, explore other high yield CDs.
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Consumers Credit Union CD reviews and complaints
There are a few recent customer reviews of Consumers Credit Union available through social media. The credit union has been accredited with the Better Business Bureau since 2012 and currently sports an A+ rating. The credit union has just 3 customer reviews on Trustpilot, earning them a 2.8 out of 5.
How do I cash out my Consumers Credit Union CD?
You have a 10-day grace period once your CD matures to choose one of the following options:
- Do nothing. If you leave your CD untouched, your account will automatically renew for the same term at the current interest rate.
- Partial withdrawal. You can remove funds from your CD account during the grace period with no penalty. As long as you leave at least the minimum amount, your account will automatically renew.
- Change your term. You can choose to roll over your account into a CD with a different term.
- Close your account. If you withdraw all of the funds from your account, the account will close.
How to contact Consumers Credit Union customer service?
You can reach CCU customer service on weekdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., using one of the following methods:
- Call 877-275-2288
- Send a secure message through your online account
- Live chat through the website
- Send mail to 1075 Tri-State Parkway, #850, Gurnee, IL 60031
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