Synchrony Bank

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170 West Election Road, Suite 125
Draper, UT 84020

Synchrony Bank (formerly GE Capital Retail Bank), a advertiser, is the personal depository banking component of Synchrony Financial. Synchrony Bank, which also utilizes the Optimizer+plus brand and website for marketing its deposit accounts, has grown to become one of the most prominent online banks in the market. Synchrony is a member of the FDIC, and its accounts are FDIC insured (up to applicable limits).

As far as depository products go, Synchrony offers CDs, high yield savings accounts, money market accounts, and IRA CDs. The bank’s products have traditionally offered some of the highest interest rates on the market. The savings account requires an almost negligible minimum balance to be kept in order to avoid a monthly service charge. A money market account is also available with very similar features to the savings account, though in keeping with federal regulations, the number of monthly withdrawals per statement cycle is limited to six, after which a fee is enforced. Certificates of Deposit (CDs) and IRA CDs are offered with term lengths currently ranging from 3 to 60 months as of the time of this writing. These CDs typically offer some of the most competitive rates on the market, but they do come with minimum initial deposit requirements and early withdrawal penalties, the latter of which varies based on the length of the CD term.

Synchrony Bank online banking provides a secure platform for customers to access and manage their accounts. The web-based system allows account holders to view transaction history, transfer funds, pay bills, and open up new accounts.

Synchrony Bank was originally established in 1988 as Monogram Bank, USA. Its headquarters remained in the Cincinnati, Ohio area for more than fifteen years before moving to Salt Lake City, Utah. The bank is now headquartered in Draper, Utah, a city just south of Salt Lake City, with a branch in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Prior to becoming to Synchrony Bank in June of 2014, the bank's previous name of GE Capital Retail Bank readily identified it with GE Capital, the financial services company from which it was born. GE Capital provides growth financing to middle market companies all over the world.

In March of 2014, GE Capital Retail Bank filed form S-1 with the SEC to rename the organization to Synchrony Financial and as of May of 2014 had published a message on its website regarding an upcoming name change to Synchrony Bank. The name change was made official in June of 2014.

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Synchrony Bank Hikes Rate of 16-Month CD Special To Rate-Leader Status - 4/28/2022

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Synchrony Bank Hikes CD Rates And Offers New 16-Month CD Special - 4/19/2022

Today, Synchrony Bank had another round of CD rate increases. In addition, it launched a new 16-month CD Special with a very competitive rate.

2.00% APY On 60-Month CD - 4/5/2022

Synchrony's 60-month CD now earns 2.00% APY. No minimum opening deposit.

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11/26/19 - Synchrony Bank Cuts Rate On High Yield Savings
10/12/19 - Synchrony Bank Lowers Savings Rate To 1.90%
9/4/19 - Synchrony Bank Slashes High Yield Savings Rate.
8/23/19 - Synchrony Bank CD Rate Cuts
8/13/19 - Synchrony Bank Reduces 3, 4, And 5 Year CD Rates
7/11/19 - Synchrony Bank Cuts Savings Rate
7/2/19 - Synchrony .05 To .10 Reduction In CD Rates
6/11/19 - Synchrony Bank Continues To Slash Their CD Rates
4/30/19 - Synchrony Banks Cuts CD Rates
2/17/19 - 2.85% 15-Month CD Is No More.
2/5/19 - Synchrony Bank Bumps Savings And 12-Month CD Rates
12/26/18 - Synchrony Bank Raises High Yield Savings and CD Rates
12/25/18 - Synchrony Bank Raises Rates On Savings And Select CD Terms.
11/26/18 - Synchrony Bank Brings Back 14-Month CD Special
11/26/18 - 14 Month CD, 2.80% APY, $2K Min
11/12/18 - 15-MONTH CD 2.75 % APY
11/6/18 - Synchrony Bank Raises High Yield Savings Account Rate
11/6/18 - Synchrony Bank Bumps High Yield Savings To 2.05%
10/2/18 - Synchrony Bank Ups Rates and Introduces 15-Month CD Special
10/2/18 - Small Increase On Savings And Money Market And New CD Promo.
8/14/18 - Synchrony Bank Debuts 13-Month CD with Very Competitive Rate
8/14/18 - 2.65% 13-Month CD Special At Synchrony Bank
7/24/18 - Synchrony Bank Ups High Yield Savings Account APY
7/24/18 - Synchrony Bank Ups High Yield Savings & Money Market
7/12/18 - Synchrony 12-Month CD To 2.40% APY From 2.25%
6/19/18 - Synchrony Bank Boosts Rate of 14-Month CD Special
6/19/18 - Synchrony Bank Raises 14-Month Promotional CD Rate
6/5/18 - Synchrony Bank Raises High Yield Savings Account Rate
6/5/18 - High Yield Savings Rate Increase
5/23/18 - Synchrony Bank Hikes Rates on CDs and IRA CDs
5/17/18 - 3% 3-Year Non-Callable Brokered Cds
5/1/18 - Synchrony Bank Ups Savings Account Rate and Debuts Top 14-month CD
5/1/18 - HYS Increased To 1.65% APY (Up .1 Basis Pts). CD Increases Also
4/10/18 - Synchrony Bank Ups CD Rates
3/27/18 - Synchrony Bank Increases Rates on Five CDs
2/21/18 - Another Savings Account Rate Hike at Synchrony Bank
2/21/18 - Small Rate Increase For Savings & 12 Month CD
2/21/18 - High Yield Savings At 1.55%
2/6/18 - Savings Account and CD Rate Increases at Synchrony Bank
2/6/18 - Small Rate Increases At Synchrony Bank
2/1/18 - Synchrony Bank Lowers Rate On 12 Month CD
1/4/18 - Synchrony Bank Hikes Rate
1/4/18 - Big Rate Increases At Synchrony Bank
11/27/17 - Synchrony Bank Adds Cyber Week 13-Month CD
11/27/17 - 1.75% 13 Month Certificate
9/21/17 - Savings Account and CD Rate Hikes at Synchrony Bank
9/21/17 - Synchrony Raises High Yield Savings Rate To 1.30%
7/24/17 - Synchrony Bank Savings Account Rate Increase
7/18/17 - Synchrony Bank Increases Savings Account Rate Again
7/18/17 - Small Increase For High Yield Savings Account
6/5/17 - Competitive 15-Month CD Special at Synchrony Bank
6/5/17 - Synchrony 15-Month Special
6/1/17 - Synchrony Bank Raises Its Savings Rate
6/1/17 - Synchrony Bank Increases High Yield Savings Account Rate
5/10/17 - More CD Rate Hikes at Synchrony Bank
5/9/17 - CD Rate Increases
3/21/17 - Synchrony Bank Increases CD Rates to Very Competitive Levels
2/2/17 - Synchrony Bank Ups Long-Term CD Rates
1/16/17 - Synchrony Bumps Some CD Rates--A Little
8/10/16 - Synchrony 5-Year CD Rates Drop
5/22/16 - Synchrony Raises EWP For New 4-And 5-Year Cds
2/22/16 - Synchrony Bank CD Rate Reduction
6/3/15 - Top 1-Year and 2-Year CD Rates at Synchrony Bank
4/13/15 - Synchrony Bank Raises High Yield Savings Account Rate
1/27/15 - Higher CD and IRA CD Rates at Synchrony Bank
12/18/14 - New 19-Month CD Rate Special at Synchrony Bank
11/17/14 - Synchrony Bank’s High Yield Savings Account Joins the 1% Club
11/5/14 - IRA CD Partial Withdrawal
7/14/14 - Higher Special 15-Month CD Rate at Synchrony Bank
5/19/14 - GE Capital Retail Bank Changing Name to Synchrony Bank
5/17/14 - Name Change
4/29/14 - Best Deal for CDs Is Now at GE Capital Retail Bank
4/28/14 - Bump Up On Optimizer CD's @ GE Captal Retail Bank
3/17/14 - Another Top Short-Term CD Special at GE Capital Retail Bank
3/5/14 - Top CD and Savings Account Rates at GE Capital Retail Bank
2/11/14 - Higher 5- and 4-Year CD Rates at GE Capital Retail Bank
11/17/13 - 5-Year Jumbo CD Rate Change
10/15/13 - Higher 5-Year CD Rate at GE Capital Retail Bank
8/12/13 - Special 15-Month CD Rate at GE Capital Retail Bank
5/14/13 - Higher CD Rates at GE Capital Retail Bank
1/15/13 - MetLife Bank is Now GE Capital Retail Bank
9/9/05 - MetLife Bank Raises Money Market Rates

Reviews (355)

Pleased Customer

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I'm really surprised by some of these one star reviews. I've had CDs with Synchrony since the GE Retail Bank days and haven't had any problems. Customer service has always been responsive whether by phone or online. After their recent rate drop I decided to close out a CD that had matured. I sent a message through my online account and the CD was promptly closed and the funds were in my external account the following day - no phone call required. They often have some of the better rates. They're a 5 star in my book.


Synchrony was to ACH out my money to another institution. I had to call them for five or six days until they finally did what was required of them to do. When asked why the carelessness handling occurred, I was told "someone didn't follow the instructions pertaining to my account.

I wasted a great deal of time to compel them to properly send my money as required. What a disappointment.

Not Flexible. Terrible External Transfer Times.

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If you initiate an external transfer from Synchrony bank they hold on to your money for 3 days before making the transfer. They debit your account the day you request the transfer but don't send the money for three days so you are out the interest.

Most other banks will send the money overnight so that you have it in your external account the next day.

Also, they won't change my statement cycle. Not very customer focused.

Now there are other online banks that offer 1.05% interest or more. This is not your best choice.

Can't Reasonably Move My Own Money Out Of Synchrony

As others have said, you have to wait 3 business day for Synchrony to release up to $25K of your own money via ACH. Worse, if you cash a $100K CD, it will take you a min of approx 12 business days, since the daily $25K transfer limit doesn't release until they release the first $25k request. And BTW, I looked and looked on the website and see no mention of such a policy anywhere -- at least not where someone would find it in time to know what they are getting themselves into when the deposit funds here. Their excuse is "for you security". Please, we are transferring to a validated account and how is it any more secure after I wait 3 business days? This is a scam and I'd be happy to talk to a law firm if they think this may be worthy of a class action.



Health Grade Components

FDIC Certificate #27314
Year Established1988
Primary RegulatorOCC
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD4.76%
Return on Equity - YTD35.21%
Annual Interest Income$9.73B
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ4 2021vs Q4 2020$86.06B$85.30B
LoansQ4 2021vs Q4 2020$69.95B$64.15B
DepositsQ4 2021vs Q4 2020$65.11B$65.85B
Equity CapitalQ4 2021vs Q4 2020$11.68B$10.10B
Loan Loss AllowanceQ4 2021vs Q4 2020$8.19B$9.57B
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ4 2021vs Q4 2020$888.0MM$1.07B
Real Estate OwnedQ4 2021vs Q4 2020$0$0
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Synchrony Bank Savings Account Rates

0.60%--High Yield Savings

Synchrony Bank Money Market Rates

0.40%--Money Market Account
0.40%--IRA Money Market Account

Synchrony Bank CD Rates

2.40%--60 Month CD
2.00%--36 Month CD
2.00%--48 Month CD
1.85%--16 Month CD Special
1.80%--24 Month CD
1.70%--18 Month CD
1.40%--14 Month CD
1.40%--24 Month Bump Up CD
1.30%--12 Month CD
0.70%--11 Month No Penalty CD
0.60%--9 Month CD
0.50%--6 Month CD
0.25%--3 Month CD

Synchrony Bank IRA Rates

2.40%--60 Month IRA CD
2.00%--36 Month IRA CD
2.00%--48 Month IRA CD
1.85%--16 Month IRA CD Special
1.80%--24 Month IRA CD
1.70%--18 Month IRA CD
1.40%--13 Month IRA CD
1.40%--15 Month IRA CD
1.40%--14 Month IRA CD
1.30%--12 Month IRA CD
0.60%--9 Month IRA CD
0.50%--6 Month IRA CD
0.25%--3 Month IRA CD

Synchrony Bank is an Internet only bank and does not have branch locations. Its headquarters is located at 170 West Election Road, Suite 125 - Draper, UT 84020

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