Synchrony Bank has started to offer a nice CD special for the holidays. It’s a 19-month CD with a 1.25% APY. Minimum deposit is $10,000. The APY for balances from $2K to under $10K is 1.05%. This offer is scheduled to last at least until 1/15/2015.
Synchrony Bank continues to offer a competitive 15-month CD special with a 1.20% APY. Minimum deposit is only $2,000. That rate has remained the same since I first reported on it in July.
To view both specials, click on the "Big Plus Offers" link on the bottom left of their home page. They’re also including their 1% High Yield Savings account as one of the three specials. For all three specials, the small print states that the funds must come from a source outside of Synchrony Bank. Only the 19-month CD special has the January 15th deadline. I’m not sure why they’re considering the savings account a special. In November I reported on this savings account rate reaching 1%. I also reported on the bank’s other CDs which have very competitive rates. These include a 2.25% APY 5-year CD and a 1.10% APY 1-year CD.
You can apply for these CDs with an online application (To open an IRA or Trust Account a call to the bank is required). As Synchrony’s promotions page says, make sure to include MERRY3 as the promo code for the 19-month CD special and MERRY2 as the promo code for the 15-month CD special.
Accounts are available to people in any state. At the end of the application process, the bank requires that you sign and mail the new account form.
Synchrony Bank has gone through three names in the last two years. Before 2013, it was named MetLife Bank. In January 2013 MetLife Bank officially became GE Capital Retail Bank. Then in June 2014, GE Capital Retail Bank became Synchrony Bank.
Synchrony Bank is part of Synchrony Financial which was spun off from GE as a public company.
Synchrony Bank is an internet bank, but it also has a branch office where you can visit in person. It’s located at 200 Crossing Blvd, Bridgewater, NJ.
The bank has an overall health grade at DepositAccounts.com of an "A+" with a Texas ratio of 7.99% (excellent) based on September 30, 2014 data. Please refer to our financial overview of Synchrony Bank for more details.
How the CD Compares
When compared to other similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com, that require a similar minimum deposit and are nationally available, Synchrony Bank’s 19-month CD is shown to be quite competitive:
To look for the best nationwide CD rates and the best CD rates in your state, please refer to our CD rates table.