This morning Synchrony Bank increased the rate of its 14-month CD special by 10 bps to 2.45% APY. Minimum opening deposit is $2,000. Synchrony Bank first introduced this 14-month special on May 1st. At that time, the special CD was a rate leader for nationally available CDs with terms around 12 months. Since May 1st, rates have gone up, and now 2.45% APY is no longer a rate leader for terms around 12 months. Nevertheless, it’s still very competitive, especially for a large and well-established internet bank.
This 14-month CD special is also available as an IRA (Traditional and Roth) earning the same APY, with the same funding requirements. For the full list of Synchrony CD and IRA CD rates, please refer to the CD rates section of our Synchrony Bank page.
My thanks once again to DA reader, buckeye61, for a DA Forum post on this rate increase.
Synchrony CD Features - One Recent Change
Synchrony’s FAQs describe several important features of the CDs. There’s one FAQ on the 15-day rate guarantee period that has changed. This FAQ now reads as follows:
Q: Are there rate guarantees for CDs?
The Bank will give you the CD interest rate in effect on the day the CD was opened as long as we receive and process your opening deposit on or before 15 calendar days from the opening date. We will not go by the postmark date of a deposit. If we receive your deposit within the 15-day period and the current rate for your CD term is higher on the date we receive and process your deposit, the Bank will give you the higher rate. Your interest rate is locked for the term of your CD once we receive and process your deposit.
For IRA CDs, the bank will give you the interest rate in effect on the day the CD was opened as long as we receive and process your opening deposit on or before 60 calendar days from the opening date and you are actively participating in the account opening process. This means all appropriate paperwork must be completed and that funding or appropriate account funding documents must be provided.
The 15-day and 60-day rate guarantees do not apply to CD renewals, in which case your CD will receive the rate in effect on the renewal date.
The rate guarantee is important for those who may have opened this CD special in the past week or two. According to this current FAQ, “[y]our interest rate is locked for the term of your CD once we receive and process your deposit.” So if you opened this CD special last Tuesday, and Synchrony received and processed your deposit last week, you will not qualify for the new higher rate. However, if Synchrony received and processed your deposit today, you should receive the higher rate. Previously, the FAQ stated that “if the bank rates go up during the rate lock period, the Bank will give you the higher rate.”
I do not see any additional changes in the FAQs. If you see any FAQ or deposit disclosure changes, please leave a comment.
Below are two important CD FAQs that are the same as before:
Q: Can I withdraw my interest from a CD?
Any amount of interest paid during the current term of the CD can be withdrawn at any time without penalty
Interest can be transferred internally to a Synchrony Bank Money Market or High Yield Savings Account, a registered external account, or sent by check to the account address we have on file.
Q: Is there an early withdrawal penalty for CDs?
An early withdrawal penalty may be assessed if you make a withdrawal prior to the CD maturity date, which is the last day of the CD term. The penalty is applied to the amount of principal withdrawn (no penalty on interest). The bank does not charge an early withdrawal penalty on a CD for the death of an account owner with proper verification.
- Terms of 12 months or less: 90 days of simple interest at the current rate.
- Terms of more than 12 months but less than 48 months: 180 days of simple interest at the current rate.
- Terms of 48 months or more: 365 days of simple interest at the current rate.
High Yield Savings Account
Synchrony Bank High Yield Savings Account (HYS) remains at 1.75% APY for all balances. The last rate increase occurred on June 5th when the rate went up by 10 bps. This rate continues to be competitive for a no-minimum, non-promotional savings account. Please refer to my Synchrony High Yield Savings review for more details.
Additional Services for Deposit Account Customers
Synchrony Bank provides deposit account holders with complimentary Identity Theft Resolution Services through CyberScout which can offer assistance if you are ever a victim of Identity Theft.
Synchrony Perks Program offers additional rewards based on account balance size and the length of time you’ve been a customer. Diamond level is reached with a $250k balance or 5 years of tenure. Some of the perks that Diamond customers receive include three free wire transfers per statement cycle, a dedicated customer service phone number and unlimited ATM reimbursements.
Headquartered in Draper, Utah, Synchrony Bank is an internet bank that offers its services and product line to U.S. citizens and “U.S. lawful permanent residents” who are 18 years or older, have a permanent U.S. residential address, and possess a valid Social Security number.
Synchrony Bank accounts can be opened online, but IRA and Trust accounts require paper forms. Funding an account can be done with an electronic funds transfer. This is done by providing Synchrony with the account number and routing/transit number of an external bank account. If Synchrony can’t automatically verify your external account, it’ll use a trial deposit system. Once the online application completes, Synchrony Bank will mail a welcome kit within 7 to 10 days. The welcome kit includes a signature card that must be signed and mailed back. In addition, the welcome kit includes a deposit slip. If you decide to fund the account with a check instead of an online transfer, a check must be mailed with the deposit slip.
The online application can accommodate up to four beneficiaries per account. Unlike some other financial institutions, Synchrony Bank does not require Social Security numbers for beneficiaries: only name, address, and date of birth are necessary to add a beneficiary. CSR suggested having all information and documentation for the applicant and any beneficiaries on hand, since the online application is time sensitive and will time out if there’s a long period of inactivity.
Synchrony Bank has an overall health grade of “A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 9.83% (excellent), based on March 31, 2018 data. In the past year, Synchrony Bank has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $3.8 billion, an excellent annual growth rate of 8.92%. Please refer to our financial overview of Synchrony Bank (FDIC Certificate # 27314) for more details.
Synchrony Bank can trace its origins to a brick-and-mortar institution, the Monogram Bank, USA, which was established in Ohio in 1988. From 1989 to 2014, the Bank moved its headquarters four times and re-branded five times, with the current name change occurring in June 2014. Prior to the name Synchrony Bank, the Bank was known as GE Capital Retail Bank, reflecting its tie to GE Capital, its parent company. In January 2013, GE Capital Retail Bank acquired the deposit base and online deposits business of MetLife Bank, N.A.
Currently, Synchrony Bank is the 32nd largest bank in the country with assets in excess of $79 billion.
How the 14-Month CD Compares
When compared to 208 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com which are available nationally and have minimum deposit requirements of under $10k, only one bank and two credit unions have a higher rate.
|Interest Rate||CD Length of Term||Credit Union/Bank|
|2.50% APY||12-month CD ($1k min/$240k max)||ableBanking|
|2.50% APY||12-month Share Certificate ($2k min)||Communitywide FCU|
|2.50% APY||12-month Certificate ($5k min)||Connexus Credit Union|
|2.45% APY||14-month CD ($2k min)||Synchrony Bank|
The above rates are accurate as of 6/19/2018.
To find the top CD rates, both nationwide and state specific, please refer to our CD Rates Table page.