at Synchrony Bank,

Member, FDIC

Pros

2.25% APY on savings, about the best you'll find
Reimburses $5 per month for out-of-network ATMs

Cons

No checking account
No branches

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Overall

4.0

Synchrony doesn’t fit the banking mold — it doesn’t have branches or offer a checking account. Still, it’s worth considering if you want great interest rates on savings products and prefer banking online.

 

Maybe a separation from your checking account is just what your rainy-day fund needs to prosper.

 

Ratings methodology | Updated July 5, 2018

Savings

5.0

Synchrony's high-yield savings account comes with low fees and one of the highest rates on the market, at 2.25% APY. No minimum balance is required to open an account or qualify for the interest rate. Synchrony doesn't charge fees for using ATMs that accept its bank card — those with Plus or Accel logos. But ATM owners might charge a fee. For those charges, Synchrony bank offers a monthly $5 refund.

 

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High Yield Savings Account
APY
2.25%
Min. balance for APY
$1

at Synchrony Bank,

Member, FDIC

Certificate of Deposit
APY
3.10%
Min. balance for APY
$2,000
Length of term
5 years

at Synchrony Bank,

Member, FDIC

Certificate of Deposit
APY
2.80%
Min. balance for APY
$2,000
Length of term
1 year

at Synchrony Bank,

Member, FDIC

How does Synchrony Bank compare?

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High Yield Savings Account

NerdWallet Rating

at Synchrony Bank,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.25%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Competitive APY

Goldman Sachs Bank USA

Online Savings

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at Goldman Sachs Bank USA,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.25%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Competitive APY

American Express National Bank

High Yield Savings Account

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at American Express National Bank,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.10%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

Competitive APY

Live help 24/7

No Monthly Fee

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Customer service
Excellent
Website / app
Good
Rates
Excellent
Fees
Low
Best Savings Account!
Every time I open my monthly statement it seems like the interest rate on the savings account has gone up! When I opened this savings account, the interest rate was 1.05% and is now above 2.4%. Love this bank - will never leave. SYNCHRONY - I NEED A BUSINESS ACCOUNT WITH YOU!!!
Overall
Customer service
Poor
Website / app
Poor
Rates
Poor
Fees
High
Terrible experience with loan
I signed up for autopay for an installment loan. Imagine my surprise when they took the entire loan balance out of my account. Now they say to expect a check in 5-15 business days. Ridiculous.
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