Synchrony Bank Online Savings Account Reviews

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Time flies. It wasn’t long ago when I was trying to figure out where Synchrony Bank came from since the firm came out with an online banking offering. Fast forward a few years and an IPO later, the company not only has a solid online savings product but they are also the largest private label credit card provider in the U.S. based on purchase volume and receivables.

Synchrony Financial grew out of GE Capital, the financial arm of General Electric. It used to be called GE Capital Bank but they rebranded themselves to Synchrony in 2014 to decouple from GE Capital’s battered image during the financial crisis. As a consumer though, none of this would matter all that much because after all, the CDs and savings accounts are FDIC insured up to the limit.

What really matters is how the bank performs on a day to day basis. Here’s my review.

The No Minimum is Nice

There’s absolutely no minimum to have an account with Synchrony Bank. Many of you won’t care much since there’s no point to having an account if there is no minimums, but having no minimums is great because it allows me to have the account open and just hop to whichever bank has the highest rate. What I do now is just have accounts open at a few online banks and just ACH the money to whoever has the highest rate at the time. It’s easy, convenient and earns me some chump change for almost no work at all.

Mobile Banking Works Fine But There’s No App Yet

Synchrony Bank obviously lets you bank with your smartphone but there are no indications that there will be a dedicated app from them anytime soon. I’ve tested the website on my phone and everything works fine but I also don’t really bank much on my phone. This is something to take a note of if you bank heavily on your smartphone and want the convenience of an app.

Get an ATM Card If You Must

I would never get an ATM card for saving accounts because I don’t want to access my cash that easily, but the option is there for those who want one. Note though that you are still limited to six withdrawals a month because of Federal Regulation D (FRB 12 CFR 204.2 (d)(2)). Synchrony doesn’t charge a fee for consumers who go over the limit, but they will probably close the account if you repeatedly violate the rule.

I Love Mobile Deposit!

I really have to thank the online banks for this innovation because the lack of branches is pretty much what prompt all major banks to develop mobile check deposit technology. Anyway, Synchrony Bank currently allows $5,000 per day to be deposited into its accounts and you can bypass the ACH setup if you just use mobile deposits. You can probably also fund the account a little bit faster if you just fund the account at the beginning using a check too, but we are again talking about a few days difference.

Trust Accounts and IRAs are Accepted

Unlike Goldman Sachs Bank which we discussed earlier, you can setup trust accounts with Synchrony Bank. IRAs, whether it’s a Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA, are also of course accepted.

Editor’s Note: Just to be clear, Goldman Sachs Bank also allows IRAs. It’s just trust accounts that aren’t supported at this time.

They also offer CDs and a money market account, available in trust and IRA account types. The rates are competitive there too.

Think of the Benefits Before You Sign Up

Yes, applying is easy and there’s essentially no hurdles to get everything up and running, but make sure you are fully aware of why you want to get an account in the first place. Is it to get a higher rate? Do you just want to switch because you dislike who you currently use for liquid savings? Are you hitting the FDIC insurance limits or do you just want to diversify a bit in the rare case that something goes wrong? Getting another account won’t cause that much of pain, but just make sure you will actually make use of it because more accounts equal more time to keep track of them all.

For those who still want to sign up, (or want to explore the details further), then click here to go to They are, after all, a solid choice for those who need some place to park their cash.

So… what do you think of Synchrony? Are you a customer? Will you sign up?

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  • Michael says:

    Synchrony Bank recently closed 3 of my accounts with them and this decision was completely unwarranted. I had two Guitar Center cards and one Levin Furniture card. I found out about this through a push notification with Credit Karma. I am more so concerned about the Levin account. I called into customer service and the first representative I spoke with was extremely rude. He told me a letter was sent to me and he read the text of that letter. He eventually hung up on me. The reasons for my closure is completely bogus. I understand I agreed to their terms and conditions upon opening the account, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dispute their decision. I called back in and spoke with a friendly rep who transferred me to a supervisor. The supervisor told me it is impossible to reinstate my account, although reading some of the other complaints on BBB it seems they did reinstate other accounts for people. She gave me the corporate address to which I mailed a letter. I also filed a
    complaint through the chat system on their website. They sent me an email a few days letter with another letter that basically said the same thing as the first one. It was a do not reply email address so I couldn’t send a response back. I have made every single payment on time for all 3 accounts that were closed, I had these accounts for years! It’s no wonder why these guys have a 1.9 BBB rating. Closing your customers’ accounts for bogus reasons is terrible customer service. I will consider my complaint resolved when all 3 of my closed accounts are re-opened. Until then, I will
    continue mailing letters and filing complaints with customer service.

  • Connie says:

    We now have an account with Synchrony Bank and we are very satisfied. We had an account with GE before and were very pleased with them also. It was interesting that when we asked about the FDIC insured amount, each of us (my husband and I) are guaranteed the $250,000 amount which adds up to $500,000 being guaranteed. Most generally one would not want that much in just a savings account, but if you know you will need that money within a short time frame, for now Synchrony Bank seems a good choice.

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