CIBC Bank Ups Rate On Agility Savings Account to 2.39% APY


Deal Summary: Agility Savings, 2.39% APY, $1k min/$250k max opening deposit

Availability: Nationwide

CIBC Bank USA (CIBC) has increased the rate of its Agility Savings account by 23 bps to 2.39% APY. This is the third rate increase since CIBC introduced the Agility Savings account in June. For the last six months, CIBC has kept the Agility Savings rate very competitive, and this is continuing with today’s rate increase.

1.85%-$1mCIBC USACIBC Agility Savings - Online Only
Rates as of January 18, 2020.

The Agility Savings account is an online savings account that’s accessible via the web (CIBC NetBanking) or mobile app (CIBC US Mobile Banking App). It has no monthly maintenance fees, and there are no balance tiers. All balances up to the maximum allowed balance of $1 million earn the 2.39% APY. The Agility Savings account requires a $1k minimum opening deposit, but initial funding cannot exceed $250k.

Thanks to DA reader, RZ, for mentioning the rate hike and to DA reader, Test3, for posting on the email that announced the upcoming transfer changes.

ACH Transfers

There have been a few recent improvements to CIBC’s ACH transfer system. I was told by the CSR that these changes occurred about a month ago. Customers can now initiate incoming ACH transfers using CIBC NetBanking. The ACH transfer limits are currently $250k per day and $500k per month for both incoming and outgoing deposits. However, that is scheduled to change on January 24th. A DA reader posted on an email that CIBC sent listing the changes. The new limits will be $125k per day and $250k per month.

According to the CSR, an unlimited number of linked external accounts are permitted. For ACH deposits, there’s no hold time. There’s a 10 business day hold time for check deposits. I was told ACH transfers take between one and two business days to complete.

There is one withdrawal restriction that is not typical for internet banks. This is explained in the Disclosure:

External transfers to an account that you own at another US financial institution aren’t allowed via CIBC NetBanking for the first 90 days after opening the account.

However, this is scheduled to change in January. That email mentioned above also informed customers that this 90-day restriction will be reduced to 30 days on January 24:

We have reduced the waiting period to 30 days to allow you to use CIBC NetBanking to transfer funds from your CIBC Bank USA account to your account at another financial institution.

Potential Fees

Although there is no monthly maintenance fee, possible fees do exist. For example,

  • $25 early closure fee, if account is closed with 90 days of opening.
  • $5 monthly dormant account fee, following 24 months of no activity.
  • $10 fee per each withdrawal beyond the six allowed per month.


Headquartered in Chicago, CIBC Bank is currently offering its new Agility Savings Account to any U.S. citizen who has a current U.S. address and a valid Social Security number.

Accounts can be held in the name of one or more people, “either individually or as a joint tenancy with right of survivorship.” Accounts that are not permitted include trusts, fiduciary, or custodial accounts, as well as POD accounts. Beneficiaries or authorized signers cannot be designated.

While CIBC has “personal banking centers” in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin, the Agility Savings account must be opened online. A U.S. Driver’s License or state-issued ID is required to open an account.

According to the CSR, there’s no hard credit pull in the application. It’s only a soft pull, so customers’ credit scores should not be dinged.

Bank Overview

CIBC Bank USA has an overall health rating of "A+" at, with a Texas Ratio of 3.06% (excellent) based on September 30, 2018 data. In the past year, CIBC Bank’s total non-brokered deposits have increased by $899.34 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 5.49%. Please refer to our financial overview of CIBC Bank USA (FDIC Certificate #33306) for more details.

DA readers may remember that CIBC Bank USA used to be The Palladian PrivateBank, a division of The PrivateBank and Trust Company. Established in 1991, The Palladian PrivateBank was acquired in 2017 by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. According to a recent Bloomberg article,

A year after buying Chicago-based PrivateBank in its biggest ever acquisition, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s U.S. foray is already exceeding its expectations.

CIBC’s U.S. head Larry Richman -- the veteran Chicago banking executive who migrated with the $5 billion acquisition completed in June 2017 -- said he’s driving a “strong and steady" expansion under the wings of Canada’s fifth-largest lender by assets.

How the Agility Savings Account Compares

When compared to the nationally available Savings accounts tracked by, CIBC’s Agility Savings account ranks third.

The above rates are accurate as of 12/21/2018.

To compare the top Savings Account rates, both nationwide and in your local area, please refer to DA’s Savings Accounts rate table.

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hjg   |     |   Comment #1
i dont like the dormant account fee. why do banks do this
deplorable 1
deplorable 1   |     |   Comment #2
24 months is good many banks do this at only 6-12 months. I agree it is a scam fee though.
DCGuy   |     |   Comment #3
Dormancy fees are to get those "set and forget" type of customer. The bank wants some kind of customer activity or the greedy state government takes over the money.
RJM   |     |   Comment #4
They hope customers die and they can gouge the accounts for as long as possible.
Test3   |     |   Comment #5
At $5 per month, it's going to take CIBC more than eight decades to pull off a $5000 "heist" from a customer.
RichReg   |     |   Comment #12
Why should they maintain your account if you can't?
As soon as monthly interest posts that's considered activity. So if you MUST leave it open for no good reason, leave 10 bucks in there @ 2.39% & you'll still have activity of about $.02/month.

But if your account balance drops that low, well,... it really shouldn't be open in the first place.
not always
not always   |     |   Comment #13
that isn't necessarily the case unless you have used cibc personally.
i've had dormant fees charged at banks because no personal interaction ( not in person ) actual deposit or w/d on accounts
Anon   |     |   Comment #15
This is incorrect in all the institutions I am a member of (and there are many), though I have not checked this one specifically. Interest posted normally does NOT count as activity. They want to see some transactions.
RichReg   |     |   Comment #16
A 'member'? That to me implies credit union. I believe CIBC is a bank.

If this does occur, I don't think it has anything to do with greed; just clean-up.
I have 'Shared savings' accounts with a few credit unions w/$5 and they've never attempted that; most likely because I have other deposits w/them. I'm sure any institution (bank or otherwise) would waive it if you had a reasonable amount of $$ with them.
Test3   |     |   Comment #6
Fantastic! CIBC was the lowest rate I had, but no more!
Say What?
Say What?   |     |   Comment #7
Once a deposit has cleared their shouldn't be any restrictions on taking money out of a savings account via ACH.
According to their website, here's the hardly "agile" ways to get access to your money.
Note that it doesn't say anything about a 90 day hold on the account if the ACH is initiated from another institution.
So, who's right?


You may access your money in one of these easy ways:

Make an external transfer to an account owned by you. (External transfers in CIBC NetBanking are not allowed until 90 days after account opening)
Initiate a transfer from an account at another financial institution
Request a check. To request a check:
Send us a message in CIBC NetBanking via the “Contact Us” option
Call us at 1-844-704-7882
Write us at: CIBC Bank USA c/o Agility Accounts 6825 West 111th St Worth, IL 60482
Make a transfer to an existing CIBC Bank USA account in CIBC NetBanking
jenn   |     |   Comment #18
thanks for your "valuable" insights. feel free to bank elsewhere.
Say What?
Say What?   |     |   Comment #8
Just read the bad reviews going back 4 years.
Pretty consistent complaints.
So, I'll pass on this one.
Thanks to all who posted for saving me the same grief.
RJM   |     |   Comment #9
About time for AA/Redneck to increase their rate again.
RZ   |     |   Comment #14
I have maintained an account with a balance of $.02. Considering this rate I will be back in and saying au revoir to Salem Five who after being a long standing rate leader has now been stuck at a pitiful 2.05 %
DCGuy   |     |   Comment #17
2.05% is not pitiful. Pitiful is the 0.01% still being offered by the big four banks in the nation. Since you left $0.02 in the account, that means you gave your two cents worth regarding your opinion of the bank.
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