Earlier this week, Gesa Credit Union (Gesa CU) raised the rate on its 36-month Bump Certificate to 3.50% APY. The bump option allows for a one-time rate increase (any time during the term) that must be initiated by the certificate’s owner. This limited-time offer requires a $500 minimum opening deposit and has no balance cap.
|3.50*%||$500||-||Gesa Credit Union||36 Month Bump Certificate IRA (Traditional, Roth)|
|3.50%||$500||-||Gesa Credit Union||36 Month Bump Certificate Special|
The Bump Certificate is also available as an IRA (Traditional and Roth), earning same APY with the same funding requirements.
This week’s addition of 125 bps gives the 36-month Bump Certificate its highest APY in four years. In the past, Gesa CU’s limited-time special rates have lasted a few months.
As stated on Gesa CU’s Certificates page, the Early Withdrawal Penalty reads as follows:
If your account has an original maturity of 36-months up to, but less than 48-months:
The penalty will equal 365 days interest on the amount withdrawn subject to penalty.
Headquartered in Richland, Washington, Gesa Credit Union’s field of membership (FOM) is residency-based, with individuals who live, work, or worship, or attend school anywhere in Washington State or in the Idaho counties of Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Latah, LewisNez, Perce, or Shoshone eligible to join.
”Close relatives” of individuals who qualify for membership are also welcome to apply.
Joining Gesa CU and/or opening a Bump Certificate can be done online or at any of 20 Washington branches located in East Wenatchee, Kennewick (2), Moses Lake, Pasco (2), Richland (4), Spokane (3), Spokane Valley, Walla Walla (2), Wenatchee, West Richland, and Yakima (2).
Credit Union Overview
Gesa Credit Union has an overall health grade of "A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas ratio of 3.73% (excellent) based on September 30, 2018 data. In the past year, Gesa CU has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $116.06 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 7.47%. Please refer to our financial overview of Gesa Credit Union (NCUA Charter # 68278) for more details.
”It started in a shoebox.” GESA Federal Credit Union was established in 1953 by members of General Electric Supervisor's Association (G.E.S.A.). The initial membership was exclusive to the 2,600 exempt employees of General Electric, with the first account receipts stored in a shoebox. Thirty years later, membership was opened to select employee groups who could not support a credit union of their own. Gesa CU converted from a federal to a state charter credit union in 1997, as a result of legislation which prevented all federal credit unions from expanding beyond their core membership.
According to a recent CUTimes article,
Gesa Credit Union and Inspirus Credit Union said Wednesday they intend to merge next year, which will create the second largest cooperative in Washington that will manage $3.3 billion in assets, serve 242,612 members, employ 625 staffers and operate 22 branches.
If members and regulators give the merger the green light, it could be finalized by April.
How the Bump Certificate Compares
When compared to 307 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are available within the FOM, Gesa Credit Union’s 36-month Bump Certificate APY currently ranks first.
|Interest Rate||CD Length of Term||Credit Union/Bank|
|3.50% APY||36-Month Bump Certificate||Gesa Credit Union|
|3.45% APY||30-Month CD||Columbia Credit Union|
|3.35% APY||3-Year Term Deposit||Mountain America Credit Union|
The above rates are accurate as of 1/11/2018.
To look for the best CD rates, either nationwide and state specific, please refer to our CD Rates Table page.