CIT Bank Review: Checking, Savings, CDs
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Overall bank rating
- Money market
- CD rates
- Banking experience
- Overdraft fees
Editor’s note: CIT Bank is now a division of First Citizens Bank as of January 2022. Customers are still able to use their CIT Bank accounts, but CIT Bank will begin converting to First Citizens Bank’s systems and operations in the coming months.
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 its interest rates are competitive — but keep in mind that there’s no free ATM network, which is unusual among online banks with checking accounts.
- 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 deposit for the money market account.
- No free ATM network, but CIT will reimburse up to $30 in other bank’s fees each month.
- High minimum deposit for checking.
4.0/5 NerdWallet rating
CIT Bank’s Platinum Savings account offers a super competitive annual percentage yield of 4.85% for balances of at least $5,000 — that’s a much higher APY than what you’ll find at most banks. You can open an account with a deposit of just $100 and there’s no monthly fee, but balances under $5,000 earn 0.25% APY. Many accounts, including CIT’s Savings Connect account, offer comparable APYs with no minimum balance required to earn it.
We did not factor this account into the bank’s overall rating.
4.5/5 NerdWallet rating
CIT Bank's Savings Connect account is another solid option. It pays 4.60% APY.
The Savings Connect account requires a minimum deposit of $100 to open.
Overall, the strong rates and no-fee status earn CIT Bank a mention among NerdWallet’s best high-yield online savings accounts and best money market accounts.
4.5/5 NerdWallet rating
Money market accounts are a type of savings account. There is no catch to its 1.55% APY. You’ll earn that rate no matter your balance. This is notable because other money market accounts can 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.
4.5/5 NerdWallet rating
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 requires $100 to open eChecking. Many of its competitors let you open a checking account for free.
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3.0/5 NerdWallet rating
A five-year CD pays 0.50% 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.
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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 reachable by phone from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on weekdays, along with shorter Saturday hours. In addition, CIT's banking apps earn a 4.6-star rating on iOS and a 4.2-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, which offers some customer support. But 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.
CIT Bank has joined the ranks of other financial institutions that no longer charge overdraft fees. 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.
How does CIT Bank compare?
CIT Bank Platinum Savings
SoFi Checking and Savings
Citizens Online Savings Account
With $5,000 min. balance for APY
With $0 min. balance for APY
With $0.01 min. balance for APY
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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.