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CIT Bank’s Jumbo 5-Year CD Is the New Rate Leader

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CIT Bank has just increased the rates on its 5-year CDs by 5 basis points. Its Jumbo CD rate is now 2.40% APY, which is the leader for nationally available 5-year CDs. The Term CD rate is now 2.30% APY. The Jumbo CDs have a $100,000 minimum deposit, and the Term CDs have a $1,000 minimum.

The 2-year and 1-year CD rates also had rate increases. I think the best deal is CIT Bank’s RampUp Plus CDs. The 2-year RampUp Plus CD rate increased 5 basis points to 1.35%, and the 1-year RampUp Plus CD rate increased 3 basis points to 1.15% APY. These have a $25,000 minimum deposit, and they allow the customer one option before maturity to bump up the rate and to make an additional deposit (CIT Bank reserves the right to limit the additional deposit to your RampUp Plus CD to $250,000.)

The 2-year Jumbo CD and Term CD rates increased by 5 basis points. The new rates are 1.40% APY for the Jumbo and 1.25% APY for the Term.

Lastly, the 1-year Term CD rate increased 3 basis points to 1.10% APY.

APYMINMAXINSTITUTIONPRODUCTDETAILS
1.75%$100k-CIT Bank5 Year Jumbo CD
1.75%$100k-CIT Bank5 Year Jumbo IRA CD (Traditional, Roth)
1.22%$25k-CIT Bank2 Year RampUp Plus CD
1.16%$25k-CIT Bank1 Year RampUp Plus CD
Accounts mentioned in this post. Rates as of December 3, 2016.

To see rates of other CIT Bank CDs and IRAs, please refer to our CIT Bank CD rates page.

Below are the early withdrawal penalty details as described in CIT Bank’s FAQs:

  • 3 months’ interest for the amount withdrawn if your account has an original maturity of one year or less
  • 6 months’ interest for the amount withdrawn if your account has an original maturity of more than one year and less than or equal to three years
  • 12 months’ interest for the amount withdrawn if your account has an original maturity of more than three years

One nice perk that CIT Bank has provided to its CD customers is a renewal bonus rate. One reader commented that when he had an 18-month CD mature, CIT Bank offered him a 2.45% APY on a 5-year CD. This isn’t a standard offering, and it may not always be offered, but it’s nice to see that CIT Bank has a history of offering these renewal rates.

Savings Account Reminder

CIT Bank has also kept its savings account rate very competitive. It just recently joined the 1% club. The savings account currently has a 1.00% APY for balances of at least $25K, and a 0.95% APY for balances under $25K.

CIT Bank Overview

CIT Bank started offering online CDs in 2011. It’s important not to confuse CIT Bank with Citigroup Inc. which is the bank holding company of Citibank. CIT Bank is one of the businesses that make up CIT Group Inc., a bank holding company best known for providing commercial financing and other services to small and middle market businesses. CIT Group had some difficulties in 2009. However, the FDIC-insured CIT Bank is financially strong. That's the most important consideration for depositors. The bank has an overall health grade at DepositAccounts.com of an A+ with a Texas Ratio of 2.94% (excellent) based on September 30, 2014 data. It’s also a sizable internet bank with over $20 billion in assets. Please refer to our financial overview of CIT Bank for more details. The bank has been a FDIC member since 2000 (FDIC Certificate # 35575).

How the 5-Year Jumbo CD Compares

When compared to other similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com, requiring a similar minimum deposit and available nationwide, CIT Bank’s Jumbo 5-Year CD comes out on top:

To look for the best nationwide CD rates and the best CD rates in your state, please refer to our CD rates table.

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Comments
Doo
Doo (anonymous)   |     |   Comment #1
Also, if you are renewing a CD, CIT gives you and extra 10 bp, so for the jumbo 5-year this means you can get 2.60% total - not too shabby.  BTW, does anyone know if interest is still paid during the grace period post-term (ie like the 10 days after the CD expires), and does this policy differ by bank?
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #2
2.4->2.5, not 2.6. The policy during grace period does differ, but most I've seen will pay during that period, but only if you renew. If you close then it's often not paid. Offhand I think CIT fits this common case, but in my experience they take more than 1 day to fulfill close instructions (even if given in advance) and do credit. A renewed CD loses the interest rate bump benefit, perhaps also others.