Editorial Review

CIT Bank Review: Checking, Savings, CDs

CIT Bank has several savings options that offer competitive rates with low fees.

Margarette BurnetteNovember 21, 2019

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Overall bank rating

CIT Bank
  • Money market

    Money market

  • Savings

    Savings

  • Checking

    Checking

  • CD rates

    CD rates

  • Banking experience

    Banking experience

  • Overdraft fees

    Overdraft fees

4.0

NerdWallet rating 

The bottom line: CIT Bank is an online bank with a notable money market savings account, checking account, certificates of deposit and high-yield savings options. You won’t pay monthly maintenance fees with CIT, and many of their interest rates are competitive — but keep in mind that there’s no free ATM network, which is unusual among online banks with checking accounts.

Pros

  • No monthly fees for checking and savings accounts.

  • Great rates on CIT’s money market and high-yield savings accounts — and checking pays a little interest, too.

  • Reasonable minimum deposits for money market accounts and savings.

  • Solid rates on most CDs.

Cons

  • No free ATM network.

  • High minimum deposit for checking.

Full review

Best Money Market Account

CIT Bank Money Market Account

CIT Bank Money Market Account

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
APY

1.00%

With $100 minimum balance

Money market accounts are a type of savings account, and among CIT Bank's many savings options, the money market account comes out on top. There is no catch to its stellar 1.00% APY. You’ll earn that rate no matter what your balance. This is notable because other money market accounts often demand $2,500 or more to earn high rates. There are also no monthly fees, though you will need at least $100 to open a CIT money market account.

CIT Bank Savings Builder

CIT Bank Savings Builder

4.5

NerdWallet rating 
APY

0.95%

With $100 minimum balance

CIT Bank's other savings accounts are attractive, too, though our overall bank rating does not include them. The Savings Builder account pays 0.95% APY, but to get it, you’ll have to maintain a minimum balance of $25,000 or commit to depositing at least $100 each month. Otherwise, you’ll earn 0.79%.

There is also a Premier High Yield Savings account, which earns 0.75% APY, but does not have monthly deposit conditions.

Both accounts require $100 to open. To compare, you can open some competitors’ online savings offerings without a deposit, but others require around $5,000 to open or earn interest.

Overall, the great rates and no-fee status earn CIT Bank a mention among NerdWallet’s best high-yield online savings accounts and best money market accounts.

CIT Bank eChecking

CIT Bank eChecking

4.5

NerdWallet rating 
Monthly Fee

$0

APY

0.10%

With $100 minimum balance

It’s a bit unusual to earn interest on a standard checking account, so the fact that CIT pays 0.10% APY on balances under $25,000 is a bonus. (The APY is slightly higher for larger balances.) Other online checking accounts pay more, but they often require a series of spending and deposit qualifications to earn the high rate.

Another upside is that CIT offers $30 per month in reimbursements of outside ATM fees, and it doesn’t charge any ATM fees itself.  However, the bank doesn’t offer its own free ATM network. If you withdraw cash more than a few times a month, it could be an expensive proposition. Many other online banks partner with networks that offer tens of thousands of free ATMs nationwide.

There is no monthly fee on CIT's eChecking. Other banks require you to keep a certain minimum balance or complete qualifying activities to avoid monthly surcharges.  However, note that CIT charges $100 to open eChecking. Many of its competitors let you open a checking account for free.

CIT Bank CD

CIT Bank CD

4.5

NerdWallet rating 
APY

0.75%

Minimum Deposit

$1,000

CIT Bank's CD rates have been fairly strong. A five-year CD pays 1.05% APY. The bank also has an 11-month CD that doesn't charge an early withdrawal penalty. There is a $1,000 minimum deposit. The amount is typical for national banks, but some online banks and credit unions have lower minimums. In all, CIT Bank’s Term CDs range from six months to five years.

» Want higher interest rates? See our list of best CD rates for the month

Banking experience

3.0

NerdWallet rating 

CIT Bank has an easy-to-navigate website that clearly shows rates, contact information and instructions on how to open an account. The customer service center is open and reachable by phone from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time on weekdays, along with shorter weekend hours. In addition, CIT's banking apps earn a 4.6 star rating on iOS and a 4.1 star rating for Android.

As an online bank, however, there are no branches to visit, so there’s no way to do your banking in person. CIT Bank has a Twitter account, with some customer support. And there’s no live chat on the site or apps. Consumers can fund and withdraw money from accounts by electronic transfer with another bank account, wire or mail. And ATMs are an option for withdrawals.

Overdraft fees

3.5

NerdWallet rating 

If you overspend with a CIT eChecking account, you can easily transfer money from your CIT savings account to cover the shortfall — at no charge.

Otherwise, CIT charges $30 per overdraft, up to 4 times a day — so if you don’t have your savings account linked when you go over your balance, you could run up $120 per day in charges.

Best Money Market Account

CIT Bank Money Market Account

CIT Bank Money Market Account

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
APY

1.00%

With $100 minimum balance

Money market accounts are a type of savings account, and among CIT Bank's many savings options, the money market account comes out on top. There is no catch to its stellar 1.00% APY. You’ll earn that rate no matter what your balance. This is notable because other money market accounts often demand $2,500 or more to earn high rates. There are also no monthly fees, though you will need at least $100 to open a CIT money market account.

How does CIT Bank compare?

RATING METHODOLOGY

NerdWallet’s overall ratings for banks and credit unions are weighted averages of several categories: checking, savings, certificates of deposit or credit union share certificates, banking experience and overdraft fees. Factors we consider, depending on the category, include rates and fees, ATM and branch access, account features and limits, user-facing technology, customer service and innovation. The stars represent ratings from poor (one star) to excellent (five stars). Ratings are rounded to the nearest half-star.