If you’re looking to build your savings, you may have come across the term “certificate,” but if you’re like many people, you may not understand exactly what one is. Fortunately, opening a certificate (sometimes referred to as a certificate of deposit, or a CD, at banks) is a straightforward process.
A certificate is a savings account that typically offers a higher interest rate than a traditional savings account. The interest rate is fixed for the duration of the term. The term is how long the certificate is open, which you’ll decide when you open the account. Terms typically range from as short as three months and as long as 60 months (five years). To fully benefit from the higher interest rate, you must leave the funds untouched for the full term. If you withdraw funds before the maturity date, you may face a financial penalty.
Once the term ends, your certificate will mature. Once your certificate reaches the maturity date, you have a set number of days, typically ten, to withdraw the funds without penalty.
Rather than withdraw the funds, you can also increase your savings by choosing one of two options:
A certificate is a smart option for saving if you don’t need instant access to your cash, because it allows you to earn more interest on your money than you would in a traditional savings account.
At PSECU, your certificate comes with plenty of perks, as well. Some of these include:
The steps needed to open a certificate at PSECU will depend on whether or not you’re already a member of the credit union.
If you’re already a PSECU member, you’ll simply need to:
If you’re not already a PSECU member, you’ll need to:
*PSECU Share Certificates are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) up to $250,000 for any certificate set up under the same ownership. This is the maximum amount allowed by law.