Synchrony Bank Offers Top Rate On Limited-Time 19-Month CD Special

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Deal Summary: 19-month CD Special (4.75% APY), no minimum deposit

Availability: Nationwide

Top CD rates are nearing 5%. Most have been either brokered CDs or direct CDs from small banks and credit unions. Synchrony Bank is the first major bank to offer such a high rate on a direct CD (without going through a middleman). Its new 19-month CD Special has a 4.75% APY. In an unusual move, Synchrony is promoting this Special as only being available through December 4, 2022.

The minimum deposit for Synchrony CDs and IRA CDs used to be $2,000, but it’s now $0. Synchrony’s CDs (including this 19-month CD Special) are also available as an IRA (Traditional and Roth) earning the same APYs, with the same funding requirements.

APYMINMAXINSTITUTIONPRODUCTDETAILS
4.50%--Synchrony Bank19 Month IRA CD (Traditional, Roth)
Rates as of February 4, 2023.

All of Synchrony’s standard CDs with terms from 12 to 60 months have rates over 4%. Like Treasury yields, you no longer receive higher yields for longer terms. This 19-month CD Special and the 15-month CD Special (4.40% APY) have higher yields than the yields of Synchrony's 24-, 36-, 48- and 60-month CDs (4.30% APY).

For the full list of Synchrony Bank deposit rates, please refer to the rates section of our Synchrony Bank page.

Synchrony Savings and Money Market Accounts

The High Yield Savings (HYS) account rate has generally remained on the high end for major online banks this year. The yield has risen from 0.50% in March to its current level of 3.25% APY. Even though the HYS may be on the high end for major online banks, it’s behind many of the small online banks which have savings account yields from 3.50% to 4.00%.

While the HYS has remained competitive, the same can’t be said of the Synchrony Money Market (MM) account. The Synchrony MM rate is way behind the rates of other MMAs such as Ally Bank and Sallie Mae Bank.

APYMINMAXINSTITUTIONPRODUCTDETAILS
3.75*%--Synchrony BankHigh Yield Savings
2.25*%--Synchrony BankMoney Market Account
Rates as of February 4, 2023.

The High Yield Savings account has no minimum balance requirement or monthly service fees. An optional ATM card is available and can be used at ATMs and for making purchases with a PIN. Synchrony Bank offers an ACH bank-to-bank transfer service that allows customers to link up to five accounts at other banks (per FAQ - It used to be ten.) Once the link is established, the customer can initiate electronic deposits and withdrawals to and from those external bank accounts.

Besides the interest rate, the difference between the two accounts is that the Money Market has check writing abilities, while the High Yield Savings account does not. When you open the Money Market account, you can choose to receive checks, which should be received in ten business days.

Synchrony CD Features

Synchrony’s FAQs describe several important features of the CDs. Below are a few FAQs on CDs that I thought would be worth mentioning.

One downside with Synchrony Bank’s 19-month CD as compared with its 12-month CD (besides the longer term) is an early withdrawal penalty (EWP) that is double in size (180 days rather than 90 days of interest). The full details of the EWPs are described in Synchrony’s FAQs:

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.

Penalty Amounts:

  • 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.

The EWP only impacts early withdrawals of principal. As described in the following FAQ, interest can be withdrawn at any time without penalty:

Q: Can I withdraw my interest from a CD?

You can withdraw interest paid during your CD’s current term anytime without penalty. You can transfer the interest to a Synchrony Bank High Yield Savings or Money Market Account or a non-Synchrony Bank account. For help withdrawing your interest, call us at 1-866-226-5638.

There’s one FAQ on the 15-day rate guarantee period that changed in 2018. 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 rate guarantee is important in a rising interest rate environment. According to this current FAQ, “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.” Previously, the FAQ stated that “if the bank rates go up during the rate lock period, the Bank will give you the higher rate.”

Availability

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.

Application

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 person beneficiaries: only name, address, and date of birth are necessary to add a beneficiary. Non-person beneficiaries can also be designated. Only equal allocations are allowed for the beneficiaries. Percentages cannot be specified. After your account is opened, beneficiaries can be managed online.

According to the CSR, there’s no hard credit inquiry that can ding your credit score. The CSR stated that they “only do soft inquiry to verify your identity."

Bank Overview

Synchrony Bank has an overall health grade of “A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 4.77% (excellent), based on June 30, 2022 data. In the past year, Synchrony Bank’s non-brokered deposits increased by $4.18 billion (8.03%), which is excellent for deposit growth. 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 41st largest bank in the country with assets in excess of $87 billion.

How the 19-Month CD Special Compares

When compared to similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com which are available nationally and have minimum deposit requirements of $10k or less, only one credit union has a higher rate than currently offered on the Synchrony Bank 19-month CD Special. The following table compares the 19-month CD to the two highest-rate CDs from credit unions and to the other two highest-rate CDs from banks.

The above information and rates are accurate as of 11/28/2022.

To look for the best CD rates, either nationwide or state-specific, please refer to our CD Rates Table page.

Related Pages: 1-year CD rates, nationwide deals, Internet banks

Comments
jofr4646
  |     |   Comment #1
Good rate, blows the doors off my bank and credit union, hope they fix them.
jofr4646
  |     |   Comment #7
Well cit bank raised their rates on their cds, but not enough to beat this bank. As for my credit union, they did nothing, and the doors, well they are still looking for them.
jvick
  |     |   Comment #2
(4.735% APY) US 6-MONTH Treasury no state and local taxes. VS 19-month CD Special (4.75% APY) Only good for 19 month insurance at that rate, with more taxes.
Kaight
  |     |   Comment #3
I have found Synchrony Bank, in the past, to be sort of nuts. They are not dishonest in my experience; just wicky wacky woo. When you deal with Synchrony Bank, expect the unexpected.
P_D
  |     |   Comment #4
Not a big fan of some of their departments. Their wire department in particular is a mess. It'll take you days to get a wire sent... Slowest I've ever seen. And don't be surprised if you get a call 3 days after you request the wire saying they need more information that they should have gotten up front if they needed it.
MidAtlantic
  |     |   Comment #5
I applied for this account and when I came to the funding page it gave me the message "A minimum deposit of $99,999.01 is required to fund a Certificate of Deposit" and I could not go further. This message came up whether I was funding from my Synchrony savings or an external account. Using chat, the CSR said that there was no minimum for a CD, but he was unable to help me. He said I would need to call in by phone. I have better things to do than wait on the phone for ever.
P_D
  |     |   Comment #6
I had a lot of accounts and funds at Synchrony for many years. For a long time they were good. But just like Ally, their administrative support deteriorated rapidly in the last couple of years. I suspect a portion of it has to do with adaptation to the pandemic. Some FIs seemed to do a better job than others making that adjustment. Seems like the large Internet banks in particular are still reeling from that with respect to their customer support. I'm hoping they will gradually improve but right now it's frustrating dealing with them.
happyharold4
  |     |   Comment #8
I ordered some QCD's by fax on 11/15. I verified by phone 11/16 that they had received my fax request. It is now 11/30 and after many phone calls still can't get them to cut the checks. Basically they are pumping in as many new accounts as they can with promotional offers and letting their long tern clients needs put on a back burner. Not too happy right now.
Toshiro5
  |     |   Comment #9
I just noticed this 4.75% on Dec 3. If I open a CD account now and ACH transfer to it, can I make the due date Dec 4?
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