A savings account that works harder and earns more
Our highest earning interest rates are available through UCCU Business Savings Certificates. With rates much higher than a traditional savings account, you enable your savings to earn more for you.
That’s because unlike a traditional savings account – which allows you to deposit and withdraw funds freely – a certificate of savings comes with an agreement that you won’t withdraw funds for a set term, typically anywhere from months to years.
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Types of Certificates
Standard Certificates Rates
A conventional certificate that earns you a higher interest rate than a traditional savings account.
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Certificate Specials Rates
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What’s the difference between a Savings Certificate and a CD?
A certificate account is a type of savings account where you deposit a certain amount of money for a fixed period. In return, you receive interest at a predetermined rate, typically higher than a regular savings account. Though a Certificate and a Certificate of Deposit (or CD) are similar in function, CDs are issued by banks while certificates are issued by credit unions, like UCCU.
Certificate of Savings are a popular way to save money by purchasing a certificate and agreeing to leave that money deposited in the certificate for a period of time between 3-months and 5-years. They earn higher dividends than other savings options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Add Money to your Savings Certificate?
Generally, you cannot add money to a CD once it’s opened. However, UCCU offers a range of Certificate products, including Jump Up options that allow additional deposits with limitations. It’s always best to discuss your needs with a UCCU expert to find the most suitable product.
Is my savings certificate rate locked and cannot be changed?
Once your account is set up and money is deposited, your UCCU rate will stay the same for the duration of your loan. There are options if the rate goes up, do look at Jump Up Rates for possible increases in your savings. Every member’s financial journey is unique. Our approach is tailored to meet your individual needs, whether you’re looking for a short-term investment like a 6-month CD or a long-term growth strategy. Our team of experts is always on hand to offer advice and help you make the best choices for your financial future.
Are Certificates of Deposit FDIC Insured?
Yes, at UCCU, our Certificates of Deposit are FDIC insured, which means your investment is safe up to the maximum amount allowed by law.
What is the biggest difference between a savings account and a Savings Certificate?
The biggest difference comes in the timeframe required to have the account and the interest rate provided for the account.
- Fixed Timeframe: When you open a savings certificate, you agree to keep your money deposited for a specific period of time, which can range from a few months to several years. This predetermined time frame ensures that your funds remain securely invested. During this term, you are unable to withdraw the funds without incurring penalties. The length of the fixed timeframe plays a significant role in determining the interest rate you will earn. In general, longer terms offer higher interest rates, rewarding you for committing your funds for an extended period.
- Interest Rate: With your account secured for a fixed timeframe, the credit union offers a predetermined fixed interest rate that remains constant throughout the term. This means that regardless of any changes in the market or national interest rates, your earnings remain stable and predictable. The fixed interest rate provides you with financial certainty and allows you to plan your savings growth effectively. Unlike some other savings accounts where interest rates may fluctuate, savings certificates provide stability and peace of mind.
Where Can I Learn More About Certificates?
Understanding the Benefits of a Savings Certificate Article goes into deeper details on why you should open an account rather than a traditional savings account. The main topics in the article include:
- What is a Savings Certificate?
- What is the difference between a Savings Certificate and a Certificate of Direct Deposit (CD)?
- What if I need to pull my money out early?
- How do I set up a Savings Certificate?
- What is a Jump Up Feature on a Savings Certificate?
- Are there other options outside of Savings Certificates?
- Where can I learn more?
*APY = Annual Percentage Rate. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change without notice. Personal and Business minimum deposit $500 (Youth $100). Click for Truth in Savings for Certificates. Click for the Disclosure of Business Savings Certificates.