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Homer Simpson
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      02-19-2012, 11:44 PM
I received a letter in the mail from my TD Amertrade saying:

"Lehman Brothers announced an optional Put period for all outstanding
5% Certificates of Deposit" due July 1, 2013 ( CUSIP 52520KVF1 ). The
expiration date for this offer is February 29, 2012

Furthur in the letter it says I can redeem the CD without incurring
any early redemption penalties. The fee to participate in the offer is
$30. The CD is worth around $14k. Should I cash out now? I don't need
the cash though.

The language in the letter seems very confusing, even though I have a
decent financial knowledge. My guess is most people who receive this
have no idea what it is saying or what to do..

 
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TheMightyAtlas
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      02-20-2012, 01:31 AM
On Feb 19, 6:44*pm, Homer Simpson <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> I received a letter in the mail from my TD Amertrade saying:
>
> "Lehman Brothers announced an optional Put period for all outstanding
> 5% Certificates of Deposit" due July 1, 2013 ( CUSIP 52520KVF1 ). The
> expiration date for this offer is February 29, 2012
>
> Furthur in the letter it says I can redeem the CD without incurring
> any early redemption penalties. The fee to participate in the offer is
> $30. The CD is worth around $14k. Should I cash out now? I don't need
> the cash though.
>
> The language in the letter seems very confusing, even though I have a
> decent financial knowledge. My guess is most people who receive this
> have no idea what it is saying or what to do..


They don't want to pay you 5% on your CD. Current rates for a 16 month
CD are in the 1% range.

You should say, no thank you.

 
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      02-20-2012, 05:02 PM
On Feb 19, 4:44*pm, Homer Simpson <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> I received a letter in the mail from my TD Amertrade saying:
>
> "Lehman Brothers announced an optional Put period for all outstanding
> 5% Certificates of Deposit" due July 1, 2013 ( CUSIP 52520KVF1 ). The
> expiration date for this offer is February 29, 2012
>
> Furthur in the letter it says I can redeem the CD without incurring
> any early redemption penalties. The fee to participate in the offer is
> $30. The CD is worth around $14k. Should I cash out now? I don't need
> the cash though.


Like TheMightyAtlas indicates, this is a laughable offer. Another way
to present the situation is that today's bid for a $14,000, 5% CD on
the brokered market is about $14,686 (per Fidelity trading info on
brokered CDs having a roughly 5% APY and maturing June-August of
2013).

Your CD comes up on a search at Fidelity for its CUSIP. Fidelity
states it is not offering it, so I do not think the bid/ask
information that comes up at Fidelity's site is very useful. For fun,
try looking it up on TDAmeritrade's web site after you log in and see
if it is trading. If so, it is trading for way more than $14,030.

If 5% is the APY, your CD is paying you about $57 each month or a
total of about $969 for the rest of the CD's life. Lehman Brothers is
offering you $30.

Lehman's being in bankruptcy may explain some of this.

 
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Homer Simpson
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      02-20-2012, 05:20 PM
On Feb 20, 11:02*am, Elle <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
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> If 5% is the APY, your CD is paying you about $57 each month or a
> total of about $969 for the rest of the CD's life. Lehman Brothers is
> offering you $30.
>
> Lehman's being in bankruptcy may explain some of this.


The situation is a little more complex since the CD I bought is from
the secondary market. I paid $15k for it a year and half ago. Now it
is worth $14k. I keep getting timely dividends from it. I am afraid if
I hold on to it, it's value may decline even more? It's really
confusing what I bought.

 
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Rich Carreiro
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      02-20-2012, 05:46 PM
Who is the CD issuer and is it FDIC insured? If so, and you
won't need the principal until maturity then I agree with the
others -- doesn't make sense to turn it in.

If *Lehman* is the issuer (esp. if it's not FDIC-backed)
then the answer could be totally different...

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Elle
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      02-20-2012, 06:25 PM
On Feb 20, 10:20*am, Homer Simpson
> The situation is a little more complex since the CD I bought is from
> the secondary market. I paid $15k for it a year and half ago. Now it
> is worth $14k. I keep getting timely dividends from it. I am afraid if
> I hold on to it, it's value may decline even more? It's really
> confusing what I bought.


My previous comments mostly do not apply now. How much is the monthly
interest (which you call dividend)? Using the monthly interest, one
can deduce about how much you will get back on July 1, 2013 when the
CD matures. Then I can comment further.

 
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Homer Simpson
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      02-20-2012, 06:49 PM
On Feb 20, 12:25*pm, Elle <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> My previous comments mostly do not apply now. How much is the monthly
> interest (which you call dividend)? Using the monthly interest, one
> can deduce about how much you will get back on July 1, 2013 when the
> CD matures. Then I can comment further.


Here is what I bought a year and half ago for . Now its market value
is 13,600. I paid 14,200 when I bought it. It pays interest of around
$400 twice a year. The problem is the statement is so confusing that I
can not make figure out if I am making or losing money on it. Though I
get interest, the market value seems to always go down some..

LEHMAN COML BK UTAH

CUSIP:

52520KVF1
5.000% 07/01/2013

Non Callable

Brokered CDs sold in the secondary market are subject to market
conditions and if sold prior to maturity may return less than your
original investment. In the event a CD purchase is made in the
secondary market at a premium price over par (100) the premium is not
FDIC insured.

Coupon & Yield

Coupon

5.000

Pay Months

Jun,Dec

Current Yield

4.713


Frequency

Semi-Annual

First Coupon

12-30-2008

 
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Dave Dodson
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      02-20-2012, 07:11 PM
On Feb 19, 7:31*pm, TheMightyAtlas <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> On Feb 19, 6:44*pm, Homer Simpson <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> > "Lehman Brothers announced an optional Put period for all outstanding
> > 5% Certificates of Deposit" due July 1, 2013 ( CUSIP 52520KVF1 ).


> They don't want to pay you 5% on your CD. Current rates for a 16 month
> CD are in the 1% range.


Not only that, but they want to charge you $30 for the privilege of
putting them off the hook for the 5% interest. Very generous, not!

Dave

 
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Rich Carreiro
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      02-20-2012, 08:40 PM
Homer Simpson <(E-Mail Removed)> writes:

> Here is what I bought a year and half ago for . Now its market value
> is 13,600. I paid 14,200 when I bought it. It pays interest of around
> $400 twice a year. The problem is the statement is so confusing that I
> can not make figure out if I am making or losing money on it. Though I
> get interest, the market value seems to always go down some..
>
> LEHMAN COML BK UTAH


According to FDIC.gov, a notice as of Feb 16th, 2012 says "Lehman
Brothers Commercial Bank is no longer doing business as an
FDIC-insured institution."

FDIC.gov also says that on Dec 30, 2011 the institution "Closed
voluntarily and liquidated its assets."

Now, since your CD (a) still exists, and (b) isn't trading near zero,
presumably it's been taken over by another bank. You may wish to find
out which one and make sure it is FDIC-insuranced.

Now, as to your question...

A tradable CD acts just like a bond. Its value on any given day will
go up and down with market interest rates. And it can be bought and
sold for more or less than its maturity value.

So, what is the actual maturity value of the CD? That can be part of
why it's been losing value. If you paid $14,200 for $13,000 of
maturity value (which may well have been possible, given it has a 5%
coupon in a very low-yield environment), the price will inexorably
inch down to $13,000 because that's all that'll be paid out at
maturity.

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Rich Carreiro (E-Mail Removed)

 
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Elle
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      02-20-2012, 09:16 PM
On Feb 20, 11:49*am, Homer Simpson <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> Here is what I bought a year and half ago for . Now its market value
> is 13,600. I paid 14,200 when I bought it. It pays interest of around
> $400 twice a year.


This information is not making logical sense to me. Here is my best
guess:

The 5% coupon rate and $400 interest paid twice a year suggest this CD
was worth $16,000 when issued new in July, 2008. (Certificates of
deposit typically are sold in $1,000 increments, hence my guess is
rounded to the nearest $1000.) So one way or another and absent any
action on your part, supposedly at some currently unknown date in the
future either this CD will mature and pay you the $16,000 principal,
or the FDIC will redeem $16,000 to you.

Indications are that this bank is now known as Woodlands Bank (located
in Utah) and that it may be or is in the middle of Lehman's bankruptcy
proceedings. This suggests that this CD may be acquired by another
bank (if it has not already), with you still owning the CD. The new
bank by law may adjust the terms (maturity and interest rate) of your
CD. You are supposed to get the option to cash out early if you do not
like the new terms.

In the alternative, if the bank holding your CD fails, then because it
is a brokered CD, it will take longer for FDIC to pay back the
original, new issue principal.

Call whoever is holding this CD on your behalf and find out how much
money you get if you pay the $30 and redeem the CD. Don't trust
TDAmeritrade to get this right. Find out what bank is actually holding
this CD for you and call it.

If I am correct and you will get some $16,000 upon redemption, then I
would be inclined to redeem it. I would not want this $16k of money
tied up for, say, ten years at 1% interest, under the new terms a
different bank would set, no doubt with a very high redemption
penalty.

But what bothers me is that the market price is so low, especially
given what you posted about this offer (pay $30 and redeem the CD
etc.) is surely public information factored into the market price of
the CD.

Call whoever is holding this CD on your behalf and find out how much
money you get if you pay the $30 and redeem the CD. Don't trust
TDAmeritrade to get this right.* Find out what bank is actually
holding this CD for you and call it. Shake the contact info out of
TDAmeritrade and/or Lehmans (now Barclays). Don't panic. The law is on
your side here. Hang in there and get the info.


*Had really bad communications with TD a few years ago about a CD's
terms and personally won't trust their people farther than I can throw
them for some years more.

 
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