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75 North Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

CIT Bank, a DepositAccounts.com advertiser, is a well-capitalized Internet bank offering personal banking products to consumers. The bank’s acronym is an abbreviation for Commercial Investment Trust, which was a name the company used early on. CIT Bank’s holding company, CIT Group, is a leader in middle market lending across a variety of industries. Since 2008, the company has shifted to a more bank-centric business focus and offers very competitive interest rates on its deposits.

CIT Bank offers three main depository product types: savings accounts, Certificates of Deposit (CDs), and IRA CDs. Each of its products typically comes with one of the top interest rates available nationwide, helped by the fact that the bank does not have the overhead costs associated with operating branch locations because of its wholly online system.

The high yield savings account has a $100 minimum opening and maintenance balance requirement and comes with free money transfers to another account at CIT or to an account with another bank. An outgoing wire transfer fee is the only fee associated with the account and can be avoided by maintaining a balance over $25,000. CIT introduced free ACH transfers for this Internet savings account in the summer of 2012.

The bank offers three Certificate of Deposit options: RampUp CDs, Jumbo CDs, and Term CDs. DepositAccounts.com recognized CIT’s RampUp Plus CDs (formerly known as Achiever CDs) as an excellent option for savers just after they were introduced in March of 2012. Of note, the RampUp Plus CDs allow for one additional deposit during the life of the 1- or 2-year CD, as well as one ‘bump-up’ allowance that would achieve a higher rate if the bank increases the rate on that product in the future after the CD has been purchased. IRA CDs are also available and in term lengths ranging from 6 months to 5 years.

CIT Bank online banking offers a sophisticated and secure system through which customers can access their savings or CD accounts to view account balances and transfer funds. To apply for an account, consumers must access the bank’s website and fill out a registration form.

CIT Bank was originally established in 2000 as CIT Online Bank before transitioning to its current name two years later. The bank is one of hundreds of subsidiary institutions operating under the umbrella of CIT Group, a Fortune 500 holding company. CIT Group is involved in a variety of financing and leasing activities through hundreds of entities located all over the world. CIT Bank is the group’s retail banking entity headquartered in Pasadena, California, and serves its customers solely through its online banking system.

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Reviews (156)

High Quality Service

Posted by: colenash | Jul 14, 2017

This union is near my university and allows all my needs to be satisfied by one company. They always greet their customers when they walk in, making them feel welcomed. The atmosphere of their customer base is very friendly and almost like a family, they know everyone by name. Their services are very well planned and if they make a mistake, the will admit it to you and correct it in a timely manner. I started a Checking account with them and I had lost my debit card. The company froze my account because they saw suspicious activity within it and saved me over 1000 dollars.

Easy to use

This is the main bank I use for my in person banking. Because most of the time it is always still good to keep a physical deposit account. So I remember when I set it up the process was extremely simple. Unlike other banks which take up all your time nope not CIT they are about giving you quick setups and resolutions. Which is nice compared to most things where it eats up your time i was able to get in their and get my account ready to go in less than ten minutes which is good for my busy life. They were also friendly and quick to answer every question I had problems with which was nice. overall it was a good experience and I will use them as long as the service stays as good as it had when I started service with little to no problems.

Terrible Website / Back-End Systems Very Buggy

Posted by: slovokia | Mar 21, 2017

I have banked with CIT since 2014. Initially their website was poorly organized and difficult to use. They revamped their website in 2016 and it actually got even WORSE. It now appears to be a Frankensteinien combination of two different systems.

Their back-end systems are also very buggy. For example to take advantage of CIT's $100/$200 new account bonus I opened a new high yield savings account via their website on 3/18. I specified that this new account should be funded via an ACH transfer from a new external account at bank X. It has taken until 3/21 for the new CIT account to even appear in my CIT online banking page. The new external account at bank X does not appear in my list of external accounts even though 2 test deposits were made to that account on 3/21. So how am I supposed to validate the new external account? I ended up manually adding the new external account all over again - hopefully things will work the second time around.

The only reason to do business with CIT are the interest rates / special bonus deals - most other aspects of doing business with this bank are clearly inferior compared to most other online banks. (One positive is free outgoing wires for accounts with average balances of > $25K) If you look at the rate history for CIT you will see that they often attempt to reduce their rates after a while so be prepared to move your money around in the future. It now seems clear CIT's strategy is to attract new money with higher rates while leaving established customers languishing with lower rates on previously existing money. Most other reputable Internet banks eschew this practice.

Finally I suspect some of the positive reviews of CIT bank at depositaccounts are illegitimate and have not been left by real customers of this bank. If you read them closely they seem likely to be authored by non Americans. Be forewarned. It might not hurt if depositaccounts.com did a geolocation of the source IP address of people giving reviews. If these IP addresses are outside the United States, I would doubt the authenticity of the review.

Impossible To Close Account

Posted by: enduser | Jun 10, 2017

A good bank but they play games with interest teaser rates then drop 'em low. If you don't keep a frequent eye on your account you will start to loose money on interest earnings. Tired of this game CIT was playing, I moved all funds out, and requested to close my account back in late Feb 2017. 3 emails back and forth telling me that the account is closed, but that I could still log on in case I needed to get copies of statements; Say What? Now well over 90 days since the account was closed it is still active, I can send and retrieve funds without any issues. Once you join CIT, you can check out anytime, but you can never leave. I guess at Zero it will sit indefinitely.



Health Grade Components

FDIC Certificate #58978
Year Established2009
Primary RegulatorOCC
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD0.9%
Return on Equity - YTD7.28%
Annual Interest Income$429.4MM
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ1 2017vs Q1 2016$42.07B$43.83B
LoansQ1 2017vs Q1 2016$27.53B$29.82B
DepositsQ1 2017vs Q1 2016$32.39B$32.94B
Equity CapitalQ1 2017vs Q1 2016$5.29B$5.57B
Loan Loss AllowanceQ1 2017vs Q1 2016$411.5MM$382.0MM
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ1 2017vs Q1 2016$500.8MM$597.6MM
Real Estate OwnedQ1 2017vs Q1 2016$33.9MM$21.8MM
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CIT Bank Savings Account Rates

1.30%*-$100kPremier High Yield Savings
OTHER TIERS: 1.25% $100k+

CIT Bank CD Rates

1.75%$100k-5 Year Jumbo CD
1.70%$1k-5 Year Term CD
1.60%$100k-4 Year Jumbo CD
1.50%$1k-4 Year Term CD
1.45%$100k-2 Year Jumbo CD
1.45%$1k-11 Month No Penalty CD
1.40%$1k-2 Year Term CD
1.40%$100k-3 Year Jumbo CD
1.38%$50k$250k4 Year RampUp CD
1.32%$1k-1 Year Term CD
1.30%$1k-3 Year Term CD
1.27%$25k-2 Year RampUp Plus CD
1.26%$25k-1 Year RampUp Plus CD
1.20%$25k$250k3 Year RampUp CD
0.72%$1k-6 Month Term CD

CIT Bank is an Internet only bank and does not have branch locations. Its headquarters is located at 75 North Fair Oaks Ave - Pasadena, CA 91103