CIT Launches New RampUp Flexible CD Products

CIT Launches New RampUp Flexible CD Products

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CIT Bank today launched a new RampUp line of flexible CD products. Three and four year RampUp CDs provide holders with a one-time opportunity to lock into a higher CD, if CD rates rise, during the term of the product. One and two year CD products are called RampUp Plus. In addition to the one-time rate increase, depositors can also do a one-time added deposit during the life of these terms.

CIT Bank today launched a new RampUp™ line of flexible CD products. Three and four year RampUp CDs provide holders with a one-time opportunity to lock into a higher CD, if CD rates rise, during the term of the product. One and two year CD products are called RampUp Plus. In addition to the one-time rate increase, depositors can also do a one-time added deposit during the life of these terms.

CIT had previously had an adjustable 2-year CD called the Achiever CD. The RampUp products replace this and expands the product to the other terms.

In the table below, I have done a comparison of a 2-year RampUp Plus CD and a regular CD as well as a 4-year RampUp CD and a regular 4-year CD.

Product

APY

Minimum Balance

Ability to increase APY

Ability to add funds to CD

CIT 2-Year RampUp Plus

1.20%

$25,000

Yes

Yes

CIT 2-Year Regular CD

1.25%

$100,000

No

No

CIT 4-Year RampUp CD

1.70%

$50,000

Yes

No

CIT 4-Year Regular CD

1.80%

$100,000

No

No

Looking at the chart, the difference between the 2-year RampUp and a regular jumbo CIT CD is 5 basis points, the difference between the 1.25% and the 1.20% APY. To put a dollar cost to this, on a $100,000 deposit, you will be paying about $25 per year for the RampUp flexibility and $71 over the 2-year term if the rate doesn't reset.

The difference for the 4- year CD is 10 basis points. On a $100,000 deposit you will be paying about $70 per year for the RampUp flexibility and over the life of the CD about $295 if the rate never resets higher.

How do these RampUp rates compare to other banks' regular CDs. CIT generally has amongst the highest CD rates for any given term and even with the RampUp option, still remains at the top of the rate tables. You can see this by viewing the 2-year cd rate table and the 4-year cd rate table.

Is the ramp up option something you would use? Will CD rates go higher? These types of CD options have been around for several years and in the past they weren't of much value because rates were falling, not rising. But the interest rate environment has changed, and rates on longer term CDs (3 years and over) have been going up (see my 2014 savings rate outlook). If the economy continues to strengthen, as many predict, then rates will go up across all terms and the ramp up option will have some value. At this point, it's probably a good idea to have this type of flexibility, especially at such a relatively low cost.

Conclusion

With competitive base rates and an option to adjust upward, CIT's RoundUp CDs are a compelling addition to what is already a pretty competitive CD offering from the bank. Depositors should take a look at them when considering putting money into a CD product.

For the sake of disclosure, CIT is an advertiser on BestCashCow although they did not pay for this article to be written.

Learn more about CITs RampUp CDs

Sol Nasisi
Sol Nasisi: Sol Nasisi is the co-founder and a past president of BestCashCow, an online resource for comprehensive bank rate information. In this capacity, he closely followed rate trends for all savings-related and loan products and the impact of rate fluctuations on the economy. He specifically focused on how rates impact consumers' ability to borrow and save. He also has authored a wee

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