CalFirst Bank is an online-only bank. They offer personal accounts and lending options. They offer competitive loans to small and mid-sized companies. They also provide lending options for non-profit organizations and educational institutions.
CalFirst has loans for city and government needs. These have included financing fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances. They have financed school buses, and school technology and hardware. They help public and private schools with financing.
Yes. CalFirst is FDIC insured. The FDIC is an agency of the United States government that protects funds deposited in banks, up to $250,000 per customer, per bank. The money deposited in FDIC insured banks means money is backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government.
They offer five CD terms. The terms range from three-months to three-years.
The standard CDs require $5,000 to open and earn interest. The IRA accounts require $2,000 to open and earn interest.
You can have money directly deposited into CalFirst CDs, or you can mail in a check. CalFirst will even provide the postage-paid envelopes. You can also wire money into your CalFirst accounts.
Through electronic transfers or by having customer service mail you a check. ATM transactions at Plus ATMs are free for CalFirst customers. There is a fee if you withdraw money before the CD matures.
No. You can open a CD without opening another CalFirst account.
The interest rates are not competitive with other online CD rates. They are competitive with the typical bank rates.
Yes. You can have the money added to the CD or another CalFirst account. You can have the interest transferred electronically to another bank or have a check mailed to you. The interest credits each month.
For CD terms less than one year, the fee is 90-days of interest. For CD terms one year or longer, the penalty is 180-days of interest.
The CD will automatically renew unless you contact customer service.
Contact customer service.
The grace period is ten days from the day the CD reaches maturity.
Yes. The standard and IRA CDs offer fixed interest rates. The interest rate when you open the CD is the rate you will receive for the life of the CD.
No specific app is listed on the website, but everything for your account is online. You can access your CalFirst accounts on a smartphone through the CalFirst website.
CalFirst Bank offers five CD terms, and all CDs can be opened online. The shorter-term interest rates are more competitive than long-term CDs. CalFirst CD rates are lower than other online CD terms. You can choose how to receive interest and can withdraw the interest anytime during the CD term. The opening required amounts are $5,000 for the standard CDs.
CalFirst commits to keeping customer information private. They work to keep transaction history private as well.
The shortest CD term is a three-month term.
The longest CD term is a three-year CD.
Yes. They offer a personal money market, savings, and checking accounts, along with lending options.
No. CalFirst offers personal accounts.
By phone, email, or mail. Customer service has specific hours. Those hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST.
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