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Certificates

The savings that boosts your return with a highly competitive rate.

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Certificate Dividend Rate  APY 
6 Month Term 0.39% 0.40%
1 Year Term 0.49% 0.50%
18 Month Term 1.47% 1.50%
2 Year Term 0.69% 0.70%
3 Year Term 1.08% 1.10%
4 Year Term 1.32% 1.35%
5 Year Term 2.00% 2.05%
7 Year Term 2.10% 2.15%
10 Year Term 2.24% 2.30%
34 Month Term Rate Climber 1.71% 1.75%
54 Month Term Rate Climber 2.20% 2.25%

Rates effective as of September 15, 2017,  and may change prior to account opening without notice. Fees may reduce earnings.

Certificates

KEY BENEFITS

  • Get a higher rate than most regular savings accounts
  • Plan easier with a more predictable savings balance
  • Diversify beyond traditional savings accounts and other investments

 CERTIFICATE DETAILS

  • Available in amounts of $1,000 or more1 ($500 or more for members under 18)
  • Terms from 6 months to 10 years
  • With the 34-month or 54-month Rate Climber Certificate2, you can increase your rate mid-term once at no fee without extending your term

Questions?

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What's the Difference?

 

Standard Certificate

  • Get a fixed rate for the length of your term
  • Accurately estimate your earnings over time with a fixed interest rate
  • Possibly get higher rates than the Rate Climber when you select longer terms
  • Choose a term from 6 months to 10 years 

 

Rate Climber Certificate2

  • Typically has higher interest rates at shorter-term lengths than the standard Certificate
  • Terms from 34 months or 54 months
  • Choice to increase your rate once during the term to a higher published rate without extending your term.
  • Option to make an additional deposit at time of increase

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What is the penalty for early withdrawal on a certificate?
A: The amount of the early withdrawal penalty is based on the term of your account. The penalty is calculated as a forfeiture of part of the dividends that have been or would be earned on the account. Get full details here.

Q: How is my interest calculated on my certificate?
A: For each account, the dividend period is the account’s term. The dividend period begins on the first day of the term and ends on the maturity date. The compounding and crediting frequency of dividends are stated in the Certificate Truth-in-Savings Disclosure.

Q: Can I change from the 34-month Rate Climber Certificate to the 54-month, or vice versa, when I go to increase my rate?
A: You may not change the term on your Rate Climber Certificate, even to another Rate Climber Certificate term.

How to get started

 

You can apply online in as little as 10 minutes! Or call 1-800-621-2105 to get started.

What you’ll need to open an account:

  • Your government-issued ID (driver’s license, state ID or passport)
  • Social Security number

What to expect during the application process:

  1. We’ll contact you within 1 business day after you submit your application to review documentation that we’ll need from you and answer questions you may have.
  2. We’ll contact you with a decision within 10 business days.
  3. That’s it – your Elements Certificate is now open!
  1. 1 Minimum certificate deposit of $1,000. Maximum is $250,000 deposit per certificate; $1 million per household. Minimum required to open a child’s certificate is $500; child must be under 18 years of age. Minimum of $500 balance required to earn dividends. We may impose a penalty if you withdraw any of the principal before maturity.
  2. 2 During the term of your certificate, you are permitted to unlock your current fixed dividend rate, add to the principal amount, and lock in at a higher rate once during the initial term. The rate change option will be based on our standard published rate offered for the equivalent term of the Rate Climber currently enrolled in. When you elect to exercise the Rate Climber Option, the new dividend rate will be effective for the remaining term of your certificate. A one-time dividend rate increase will not extend the original maturity date of your certificate. At maturity, the certificate will automatically renew into a standard certificate of equal to or greater term without the Rate Climber option. You may request the rate change option by visiting an Elements branch or calling us directly.