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Review of USAA CD Rates

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Founded and based in San Antonio, USAA is an FDIC-insured bank, insurance and financial services company that serves current and former military members and their families. Started by 25 U.S. Army officers, USAA has since grown to more than 11 million members. Most of their products are only available to USAA members, who are military members or their families.

USAA won a number of awards in 2016, including the title World’s Most Ethical Company from the Ethisphere Institute. It scored top rankings in the bank, insurance, and credit card categories in the Temkin Customer Service Ratings from 2013 to 2016.

Looking beyond high customer service standards, USAA CD rates are pretty comparable to the national average, though with some products they are significantly lower. Minimum deposit requirements are lower than with many similar products, though there are CDs out there with better rates and lower minimum deposits than USAA’s CDs. If you’re a member of the military (or a family member of military member) and looking for a bank that offers a wide variety of products as well as excellent customer service, USAA could be a good bet if you’re will to make the tradeoff for lower CD rates.

USAA Fixed-Rate CDs

A USAA fixed-rate CD is for those who intend to make one deposit to get a guaranteed rate of return over the agreed-upon term. Once you make your initial deposit (which differs depending on the type of CD you choose), your interest rate is set for the duration of the CD term. You are not allowed to make any additional deposits into your CD account after the initial amount.

Interest accumulates daily, and you have the choice to keep any interest earned in the CD until it matures (the interest will compound monthly) or have it paid out monthly to an account of your choosing. The CD will not be renewed automatically once it matures, though you have the option to do so if you want. If not, all the money in the account will be paid into an investment account until you withdraw it or invest it in another type of account.

Early-withdrawal penalties apply depending on the term of your CD:

  • Terms of 30 days or less: 30 days’ worth of interest
  • 30 days to 364 days: 90 days’ interest
  • 365 days to five years: 180 days’ interest
  • Five years or more: 365 days’ interest

Also, if you make a withdrawal within six calendar days of a deposit or another withdrawal, you’ll have to pay at least seven days’ worth of interest.

Standard rates

A standard CD requires a minimum deposit of $1,000 and up to a maximum of $95,000. This type of account is best for those who do not have a large amount of money to invest and want a guaranteed rate for their savings.

CD Term

APY

91 days

0.30%

182 days

0.56%

7 months

0.56%

270 days

0.66%

1 year

0.71%

15 months

0.71%

18 months

0.76%

2 years

1.51%

30 months

1.54%

3 years

1.71%

4 years

1.87%

5 years

2.12%

7 years

2.17%

As of 4/4/2018

USAA fixed jumbo CD rates

Fixed jumbo CDs require a minimum deposit of $95,000 and a maximum amount up to $175,000.

CD Term

APY

30 days

0.22%

91 days

0.35%

120 days

0.45%

150 days

0.50%

182 days

0.61%

7 months

0.61%

270 days

0.71%

1 year

0.76%

15 months

0.76%

18 months

0.81%

2 years

1.56%

30 months

1.59%

3 years

1.76%

4 years

1.92%

5 years

2.17%

7 years

2.22%

As of 4/4/2018.

USAA fixed super jumbo CD rates

Fixed super jumbo CDs require a minimum deposit of at least $175,000 with no maximum amount. However, FDIC only insures up to $250,000.

CD Term

APY

30 days

0.22%

91 days

0.35%

120 days

0.45%

150 days

0.50%

182 days

0.61%

7 months

0.61%

270 days

0.71%

1 year

0.76%

15 months

0.76%

18 months

0.81%

2 years

1.56%

30 months

1.59%

3 years

1.76%

4 years

1.92%

5 years

2.17%

7 years

2.22%

As of 4/4/2018

USAA Adjustable-Rate CDs

Like the fixed-rate CDs, the interest rate is locked for the entirety of the agreed term with an adjustable-rate CD. All interest is compounded daily starting on your settlement date (the actual date when your deposit goes into your account) and the interest either paid out monthly or kept in the account until your CD matures. Your CD will not be automatically renewed. Instead the money will be put into an investment account until you decide to put it back into another CD account or withdraw the entire balance.

Unlike with the fixed-rate CD, however, you can adjust your rate once during your CD term as well as make one other deposit when you request a rate adjustment. If rates go up, you can make an adjustment up to a 2 percent increase. The additional deposit needs to be a minimum of $25.

Early-withdrawal penalties are the same as with the fixed-rate CD:

  • Terms of 30 days or less: 30 days’ worth of interest
  • 30 days to 364 days: 90 days’ interest
  • 365 days to five years: 180 days’ interest
  • Five years or more: 365 days’ interest

In addition, you will be required to pay at least seven days’ worth of interest if you withdrawal money within six calendar days of either a deposit or another withdrawal from your account.

Standard rates

The minimum opening deposit for an adjustable standard CD account is $1,000. You’re allowed up to a maximum of $95,000. Otherwise, you will need to open an adjustable jumbo CD account.

CD Term

APY

3 years

0.91%

4 years

1.22%

5 years

1.49%

7 years

1.54%

As of 4/4/2018

Jumbo rates

Adjustable Jumbo CDs need a $95,000 minimum deposit and rates are applicable up to $175,000.

CD Term

APY

3 years

0.96%

4 years

1.27%

5 years

1.54%

7 years

1.59%

As of 4/4/2018

Super jumbo rates

Adjustable super jumbo CDs have a minimum deposit of $175,000 with no limits on how much you can keep in your account. Keep in mind that FDIC insures up to $250,000 in your account.

CD Term

APY

3 years

0.96%

4 years

1.27%

5 years

1.54%

7 years

1.59%

As of 4/4/2018

USAA variable-rate CDs

This type of CD account is best suited to those who want the ability to make more than one deposit any time they choose. The rate tends to be lower than the other CDs of the same term length, but you are allowed to make as many additional deposits as you like without extending the maturity date, as long it’s $25 or more each time. This could help you earn more on your deposits than you would with a traditional savings account, though there are better rates to be had among those products, as well.

Unlike the fixed- and adjustable-rate CDs, the interest rate on a variable-rate CD may fluctuate daily so earnings may be affected. However, interest is compounded daily and just like the other CD accounts and you can either keep earned interest with the CD balance and allow the interest to compound, or you can have it paid out to another account every month.

There are also early-withdrawal penalties with a variable rate CD. You’ll be charged 30 days’ worth of interest if you take your money out before the maturity date.

CD Term

APY

Minimum Deposit Amount

182 days

0.46%

$250

1 year

0.46%

$250

As of 4/4/2018

Overall review on USAA’s CD rates

Above all, it’s important to remember that only USAA members can get its products, so if you’re not eligible for membership, USAA CDs aren’t an option for you.USAA’s CD rates are not as competitive as other institutions’ products (you can see the best CD rates in our monthly roundup). While the $1,000 minimum deposit requirement is lower than some other banks that offer higher APYs on their CDs, you can get a better CD rate on accounts with deposit requirements as low as $500. While the rates for jumbo and super jumbo CDs are better than its standard offers, you can find better rates.

One of the main advantages of opening a CD with USAA is the ability to bump up your rate with an adjustable-rate CD, as other banks don’t always offer this option.. It’s important to note that a rate increase is not guaranteed. However, you are given an opportunity to make another deposit into your account before maturity.

As for USAA’s variable-rate CD, you may be better off opening a high-interest savings account if you’re looking for an account with a good APY and some liquidity.

Overall, if you want a bank with excellent customer service and the ability to choose from a wide variety of services, USAA is a good option. USAA may be your best choice if you want your CDs at a bank that understands needs specific to military members and their families. But if high yields are your priority, you’re better off looking elsewhere.

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The Most Convenient Credit Unions of 2018 Ranked

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Credit unions have historically had a special place in the U.S. economy. These community-based banks are, in effect, not-for-profit financial institutions owned by their depositors. That means by design credit unions have a vested interest in keeping the cost of services like loans and banking fees low for their customers, while offering competitive rates.

On the other hand, credit unions don’t enjoy the same economies of scale of larger banks, which means they struggle to afford higher costs of adopting the latest mobile banking technology or toll-free telephone banking services. So it may be fair to ask if, by joining a credit union, you may be trading lower fees for some inconveniences, such as likely incurring more out-of-network ATM fees and shorter banking hours.

In a new study, MagnifyMoney figured out which credit unions are the true standouts when it comes to offering consumers the same conveniences of a big bank.

We collected information on the 50 largest credit unions (by assets) in the U.S., and ranked their relative convenience in five separate categories:

  • Teller hours. Average hours each local branch is open per week.
  • ATM availability. Participation in both nationwide and regional surcharge-free ATM networks.
  • Telephone hours. Number of hours per week personalized teller service via phone is offered.
  • Mobile app. The user satisfaction of the credit union’s mobile app, as determined by Apple Pay and Android smartphone users.
  • Portable transaction data. The ability to download credit union transactions to personal finance applications like Quicken and Mint.com.

We found many credit unions have also used technology to their advantage, by creating services that are nearly as good as those provided at larger banks. Some credit unions even share their branches with one another, allowing, for example, a credit union member on the East Coast to use branches and ATMs from a different credit union in California.

The 10 most convenient credit unions overall

These credit unions excelled in many, if not all, of the five criteria we used to measure relative convenience. In general, they all offer longer-than-average branch hours; extended personalized telephone service (many open 24 hours); surcharge-free ATM networks; decent smartphone apps; and the ability to track your credit union transactions from applications outside of the website.

  1. Alliant
  2. Hudson Valley
  3. Wright-Patt
  4. Alaska USA
  5. BECU
  6. Redstone
  7. Delta Community
  8. PenFed
  9. Navy
  10. Wings Financial

Credit unions with the longest hours

  1. Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
  2. Police and Fire Federal Credit Union
  3. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
  4. America First
  5. Wescom (tie) and Logix (tie)
  6. Wright-Patt
  7. Veridian
  8. Desert Schools
  9. DCU (tie) and Redwood (tie)

Traditional bank branches have been closing in droves. There are nearly 5,000 fewer bank branches today than five years ago, according to Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation data. Meanwhile, credit unions have grown their modest footprint, with the average credit union having more branches than three years ago.

One aspect that allows credit unions to artificially expand their branch reach even further is by belonging to a cooperative that offers the same services you might receive in your hometown credit union branch. The Co-op network, one of the largest, allows its member credit union to share activities like teller deposits and withdrawals at over 5,600 credit union branches nationwide.

But locally, extended hours still count, so we checked the working hours of credit union branches of the 50 largest credit unions. All but two credit unions had branches that were open on average of more than 40 hours per week.

Credit unions with 24-hour telephone service

  • Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
  • Alliant Credit Union
  • BECU
  • Delta Community Credit Union
  • First Technology Federal Credit Union
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Redwood Credit Union
  • Security Service Federal Credit Union

Even 40- to 60-hour branch hours aren’t always convenient if you have, for instance, a long commute or unusual working hours yourself. So we also wanted to see how personalized phone services were at these credit unions.

We were surprised when early one New York morning we decided to call Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, where it was really early (4:30 a.m.). Nonetheless, the representative indeed answered, and confirmed that banking assistance was available 24 hours a day. (To be fair, Alaska USA also has branches on the West Coast of the continental U.S.).

But seven other credit unions also offer round-the-clock telephone assistance, which may come in handy for procrastinators, or simply those who like to bank in the dead of night.

Best credit union smartphone apps

  • Eastman Credit Union
  • ESL Federal Credit Union
  • Redstone Federal Credit Union
  • SEFCU
  • Wright-Patt Credit Union
  • Visions Federal Credit Union
  • Delta Community Credit Union
  • Wings Financial Credit Union
  • Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
  • Kinecta Federal Credit Union

If you can live without features like sending money on a separate mobile app like Venmo, credit union apps can be just as effective as those provided by the big banks, just with a little less bling and pizazz.

We annually rank the best smartphone apps of both banks and credit unions at MagnifyMoney, but have never looked at credit union apps separately.

As it turns out, most have relatively good ratings (as defined by iPhone and Android smartphone users). Of the 10 best-scoring credit unions, all but one ranked as high or higher than apps of the three largest brick-and-mortar banks (Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo). The credit union apps have all the features of those of larger banks, like deposit-by-photo and ability to check balances without logging into the app.

In addition, all of these credit unions allow you to download your transaction history to budget apps like Quicken and Mint.com.

Best surcharge-free ATM network coverage

  • Alliant Federal Credit Union
  • Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
  • Northwest Federal Credit Union
  • OnPoint Community Credit Union
  • Suncoast Federal Credit Union
  • Wings Financial Credit Union
  • Wright-Patt Credit Union

Banks typically charge around $3.00 for a using a non-network ATM for cash withdrawals. Often, you get dinged for fees both coming and going by using the “wrong” ATM — once by the bank that owns the machine you use, and again by your own bank. By participating in surcharge-free ATM networks like CO-OP and Allpoint, credit union members can avoid these fees.

And with these ATMs available in many drug stores and other nationwide retail chains, you can be reasonably certain you won’t incur surcharge fees on your next out-of-town trip.

Pros and cons of credit unions

Pros:

  • Lower costs, better rates. Credit unions, on average, have more favorable rates on auto loans and credit card APRs than banks overall, and offer higher yields on savings products like CDs. And fees for checking accounts and overdraft fees are lower than those of banks.
  • More willing to work with you on providing credit. Many credit unions will allow their members to appeal credit decisions if they are initially turned down for credit. They may ask you to supply additional documentation, and a committee will review your appeal.
  • Same levels of insurance as FDIC-insured banks. Credit unions have their own insurance fund, run by the National Credit Union Administration, that insures accounts at the same $250,000 levels as the FDIC. This is important because credit unions can fail just like banks. Our sister site, Deposit Accounts, notes that five Credit Unions were liquidated last year.

Cons:

  • You may not be eligible to join. Historically, to join a credit union, one had to share a “common bond” with other members of the credit union — for example, by working for the same employer, or by some other shared affiliation. While some credit unions make this requirement easy to meet by offering multiple membership paths, others still require specific employment or residency requirements.
  • A credit union mortgage may sometimes be harder to come by than one offered by a bank. Although credit unions may have more flexibility to make loans with some products, that may not always extend to home mortgages. A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia notes that credit unions turn down mortgage applications more often than small banks. (They also note that credit unions have lower charge-off rates than banks, which is good news for its members).
  • Don’t expect an instant response. While nearly all banks can immediately offer you a credit decision on loans and credit card applications, don’t expect the same sort of instant gratification with a credit union. Depending on the size of the credit union, it could take a number of business days before you hear back about a credit decision.

Methodology

MagnifyMoney collected information on the 50 largest credit unions (by assets) in the U.S., and ranked their relative convenience in five separate categories:

  • Teller Hours. Average hours each local branch is open per week.
  • ATM Availability. Participation in both nationwide and regional surcharge-free ATM networks.
  • Telephone Hours. Number of hours per week personalized teller service via phone is offered.
  • Mobile App. The user satisfaction of the credit union’s mobile app, as determined by Apple Pay and Android smartphone users.
  • Portable Transaction data. The ability to download credit union transactions to personal finance applications like Quicken and Mint.com.

Each category represented 20% of the credit union’s overall score. The highest score was 90.0 (out of 100) and the lowest score was 46.6. Credit union data was collected in November 2017 for mobile app ratings, and in February 2018 for all other categories.

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Capital One Platinum or Quicksilver: Which is Best for You?

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Capital One Platinum or Quicksilver

There are so many credit card companies on the market today and many of them also offer multiple products, which can make choosing the right credit card an even more difficult decision for you.

For example, Capital One is a company that currently offers 12 different credit cards from which consumers can choose. Two of the most popular options offered by Capital One are the Capital One® Platinum Credit Card and the Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card. But which one is right for you? Here are some facts to help you decide.

Capital One® Platinum Credit Card

According to the Capital One website, the Capital One® Platinum Credit Card is specifically tailored toward those who have an “Average/Fair/Limited” credit score. Capital One defines average as someone who has defaulted on a loan in the past five years, or someone with limited credit history, meaning they’ve only had credit accounts open for less than 3 years.

The Capital One® Platinum Credit Card has a $0 annual fee, a $0 fraud liability (which is pretty standard), and all of the traditional Platinum MasterCard benefits, such as:

  • Extended warranty on purchases made on your credit card.
  • Auto rental insurance if you rent a car with your credit card.
  • Travel accident insurance for loss of life or limb when you use your credit card to purchase your travel fare.
  • 24-hours travel assistance. If your credit card is lost or stolen while traveling, you can get an emergency card replacement and a cash advance.
  • 24-hour roadside assistance if your car breaks down or you are locked out.
  • Price protection to reimburse you the difference in price on eligible items if you find a lower price for the same item within 60 days of your purchase when you use your credit card.

The Capital One® Platinum Credit Card is also eligible to be used with Apple Pay.

Because this card is for those with Average/Fair/Limited credit, it’s not surprising that this is not a rewards credit card. However, it does offer access to a higher credit line after you make your first 5 monthly payments on time. Plus, as a cardholder you also have access to CreditWise to help your monitor your credit score. (Although the fine print reveals that CreditWise is a free program that is available to everyone, even if you are not a Capital One cardholder.)

As expected, this credit card does have a high APR at24.99% (Variable) on purchases and balance transfers. However, there is a $0 fee for balance transfers and provides the option to select your own monthly payment due date.

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Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Another popular product offered by Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card. Capital One’s website shows that this credit card is for people with “Excellent/Good” credit, which is defined as someone who:

  • Has never declared bankruptcy or defaulted on loan
  • Has not been more than 60 days late on any credit card, medical bill, or loan in the last year, and
  • Has had a loan or credit card for over three years with a credit limit over $5,000.

The Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card is a rewards credit card that offers 1.5% Cash Back on every purchase, every day with no limits and no rotating “bonus” categories to keep track of. Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card also offers a One-time $150 cash bonus after you spend $500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening. The rewards earned with Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card don’t expire and are eligible to be redeemed at any amount with no minimum threshold for a statement credit or a check.

Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card is a Visa Signature card and thus offers all of the standard benefits that come with that designation, such as:

  • Travel upgrades and savings
  • Shopping discounts
  • Complimentary concierge service
  • Extended warranty
  • Special access to events
  • 24-hour travel assistance services

There is a $0 annual fee on the Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card.

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Pros and Cons

Capital One® Platinum Credit Card

Pro: Allows cardholders to re-build credit. The Credit Steps program allows cardholders access to a higher credit line after they make their first 5 monthly payments on time.

Con: Non-rewards Card.
This card offers cardholders no chance to earn rewards for their spending.

Pro:
$0 annual fee. There’s a $0 annual fee to contend with as you use this card to build your credit.

Con:
High APR. As people with an “Average/Fair/Limited” credit score are more of a risk to credit card companies, the APR on the Capital One® Platinum Credit Card is high at 24.99% (Variable).

Pro: Ability to select your own monthly payment due date.
This option will allow you to pick what day of the month your payment is due so you can make sure you have the cash flow available to pay your bill.

Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Pro: 1.5% cash back. Cardholders can earn 1.5% Cash Back on every purchase, every day with their Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card with no limit on rewards.

Con: Requires “Excellent/Good” credit to qualify.
In order to open a Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card account, you have to meet Capital One’s definition of someone with Excellent/Good credit.

Pro: $0 annual fee.
Earning cash back is free, with a $0 annual fee.

Pro: 0% Introductory APR.
  Enjoy a 0% intro on purchases for 9 months and a 0% intro on balance transfers for 9 months (3% fee applies). After that, the APR will be 14.49% - 24.49% (Variable).

Con: 3% balance transfer fee.
There is a fee to transfer a balance from another credit card, so this is not the best balance transfer card available to help you pay off debt.

Pro: No rewards cap and rewards never expire.
Many rewards credit cards require a minimum threshold be met before you can redeem your cash back rewards, but the Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card doesn’t. Plus, rewards never expire as long as you remain a cardholder in good standing.

Other Options

Another rewards credit card to consider if you have Excellent, Good credit is the Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer card. It offers double rewards all purchases. 1% cash back when you buy and 1% cash back as you pay for those purchases.

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Fidelity Rewards Visa Signaturecard is similar to the Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer and gives you unlimited 2% cash back on all purchases when you deposit cash back into an eligible Fidelity account. Eligible Fidelity accounts include:

  • Brokerage accounts
  • Fidelity Cash Management Accounts
  • Fidelity-managed 529 College Savings plans
  • Retirement accounts like the Traditional IRA, Roth IRA, Rollover IRA and SEP IRA

In order to redeem points for a cash deposit, your point balance has to reach 5,000 or $50. You can redeem points for travel, merchandise, gift cards or statement credit starting at 2,500 points. The Fidelity Rewards Visa Signature does not have an annual fee.

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Which Card is Best For You?

Deciding between the Capital One® Platinum Credit Card and the Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card really comes down to a couple of factors.

One thing to consider is your current credit score. If you fall into the range of “Average/Fair/Limited” as defined by Capital One, you would be better off applying for the Capital One® Platinum Credit Card to help you improve your credit score instead of applying for the Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card and being denied.

However, if you already have “Excellent/Good” credit, the Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card is the way to go. It offers cash back rewards on all purchases, a One-time $150 cash bonus after you spend $500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, a 0% intro on purchases for 9 months and 0% intro on balance transfers for 9 months (14.49% - 24.49% (Variable) APR, afterwards). Consider your credit history and all of the options available carefully before you make your credit card selection.

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Goldman Sachs Enters Consumer Deposit Market With GE Acquisition

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Goldman Sachs Bank USA Purchased GE’s Savings Accounts

Goldman Sachs Bank USA purchased $16 billion of GE Capital Bank’s consumer deposits. $8 billion of the deposits are online savings accounts and CDs, and the other $8 billion are brokered certificates of deposit. In addition to the deposits, the employees of GE Capital responsible for the deposit business have been transitioned to Goldman Sachs Bank USA.

The acquisition accelerates two big trends in consumer banking. General Electric has decided to exit the consumer financial services market, and has been rapidly shedding businesses all over the world. Goldman Sachs Bank USA is building out a consumer banking strategy as it diversifies its business. Earlier this year, it announced that it will be entering consumer lending. And now, with a meaningful consumer deposit business, it will be active on both sides of the balance sheet.

Without the cost of a branch network, Goldman Sachs Bank USA is able to pay higher interest rates to consumers while still obtaining funding advantages. Goldman Sachs Bank USA is looking to diversity its funding, and sticky consumer deposits can be attractive. As interest rates increase, consumer deposits, due to their inertia, are typically not as responsive to increases in interest rates.

Goldman Sachs Bank USA: Building The Consumer Bank Of The Future

FinTech companies, largely in the Silicon Valley, have started to change the way financial services are delivered to consumers. Marketplace lending has brought a better product and experience to consumers, a higher return to investors and more advanced credit risk analytics to lending decisions. Internet banks, by avoiding branch networks, are providing savers with higher interest rates and banks with low-cost funding sources. Goldman Sachs Bank USA is out to prove that even a large, existing bank can take advantage of these trends.

Goldman Sachs Bank USA will be launching a digital lending business. It has hired a former senior executive at Discover to lead the expansion. With the acquisition of the GE deposit franchise, Goldman Sachs Bank USA will be a formidable competitor to the large incumbent banks. Why receive 0.01% on your savings account from Bank of America, and pay 19% interest on your credit card to Citibank, when you can get 1% on savings and pay 12% on loans to Goldman Sachs? Because Goldman Sachs Bank USA does not have a legacy business to defend or cost structure to rationalize, it is uniquely positioned to challenge the large consumer banks in America.

At the moment, the marketplace lenders are taking advantage of ultra-low interest rates to grow. Investors are pouring money into any investment that offers yield. However, as interest rates increase, having access to low-cost consumer deposits will become a competitive advantage. Deposit rates for consumers do not increase as rapidly as interest rates in general. Goldman Sachs Bank USA could end up with a funding cost advantage in a rising rate environment. Not only would the large consumer banks suffer, but the Silicon Valley start-ups may find it harder to compete.

Good News For Consumers

Many people have an immediate, negative reaction when they hear the name Goldman Sachs Bank USA. However, in the consumer deposit and lending space, Goldman Sachs Bank USA will be a challenger brand. In order to win as a challenger, you need a better product, experience, or both. Consumer loans and savings accounts remain entrenched with four big lenders who became even bigger after the financial crisis. Consumers will benefit by having well-funded new entrants looking to steal market share. Goldman Sachs Bank USA is both large and well-funded. Consumer should expect better rates on savings accounts and loans in the years to come, as competition intensifies.

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