Investment Accounts

Certificates of Deposit (CDs)

A CD is an instrument that earns a fixed rate of interest for a specific amount of time. The interest rate is generally higher than the current rate for a savings account. There is a penalty involved if a CD is redeemed before maturity. Most CDs automatically renew at maturity. Interest can be paid monthly, quarterly, semiannually, annually, or can be deposited directly to the certificate upon maturity.

Availability: Certificates of deposit are available to any individual, organization, corporation, etc.

Terms: Although CDs are purchased for a set length of time, they can be redeemed early. A penalty will be assessed unless there is a death of the owner or co-owner of the certificate.

  • $500.00 minimum deposit to open a CD
  • Terms for Certificates of Deposit range from 3 to 60 months

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IRA (SIMPLE)

Savings Incentive Match Plans for Employees

Availability: A SIMPLE IRA Plan may be maintained only by an "eligible employer." An "eligible employer" must employ 100 or less employees who received at least $5,000 of compensation for the previous calendar year.

Terms: Contributions to a SIMPLE IRA can be deposited into certificates of deposit with terms from 6 months to 60 months.

  • The employer must make contributions into every employee's SIMPLE IRA according to the company's plan documents. The employer may make contributions up to the yearly limit.
  • A minimum deposit of $500.00 is required to open a fixed rate SIMPLE IRA
  • A minimum of $5.00 is required to open a variable rate SIMPLE IRA

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IRA (SEP's)

Simplified Employee Pensions

Availability: A SEP may be established by an employer, such as a sole proprieter, partnership, and corporation. A SEP may not be established by an individual who is not an employer.

Terms: Contributions to a SEP can be deposited into certificates of deposit with terms from 6 months to 60 months.

  • SEP contributions for employees are a deductible business expense for the employer
  • A minimum deposit of $500.00 is required to open a fixed rate SEP
  • A minimum of $5.00 is required to open a variable rate SEP
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