Marcus by Goldman Sachs Bank Review 2021

Published January 2021 by Liz Hund

AT A GLANCE
4.1

Bankrate Score

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TOP OFFER
0.50 % APY
Savings account
$ 0
Min. balance for APY
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High APYs

Top CD rates

Marcus is best for savers looking to earn above-average yields on a certificate of deposit (CDs) and/or high-yield savings account.

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    4.4
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    5.0
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    Overall

    4.1

    Bankrate Score

    Marcus by Goldman Sachs is a direct bank that offers personal loans and rewards savers with higher payouts.

    What we like

    • Marcus offers above-average interest rates across all products.

    • Minimum deposit and balance requirements for CD and savings accounts are relatively low.

    • 24/7 access to an automated customer service line.

    What we don't

    • Marcus has a limited selection of products available.

    • Marcus does not offer debit or ATM cards, making deposits hard to access.

    • Mobile check deposit is not available, meaning all deposits must be made via electronic transfer and/or automated deposits.

    Savings accounts

    4.4

    Bankrate Score

    TODAY'S SAVINGS RATES
    Goldman Sachs Bank USA

    Member FDIC

    Savings account

    0.50 % APY

    $ 0

    Min. balance for APY

    The high-yield savings account from Marcus offers an APY well above the national average. It only requires $1 to open the account and earn the yield, and the account charges no monthly fees.

    What we like

    • Marcus by Goldman Sachs consistently offers a competitive yield on its savings account.

    • It only requires $1 to earn a competitive APY.

    • No monthly fees.

    What we don't

    • Mobile check deposit is not offered; all deposits must be transferred or automated.

    • No branch or ATM access.

    CD rates

    5.0

    Bankrate Score

    TODAY'S CD RATES
    Goldman Sachs Bank USA

    Member FDIC

    CD

    0.55 % APY

    1yr

    Term

    $ 500

    Min. deposit

    Marcus offers a wide selection of CD terms ranging from six months to six years, including three no-penalty CDs (seven months, 11 months and 13 months), with above-average earnings.

    What we like

    • Marcus offers three terms, seven months — 11 months and 13 months — of no-penalty CDs.

    • Marcus does not charge any monthly service fees.

    • Marcus requires a relatively low minimum deposit of $500 to earn APY.

    What we don't

    • Marcus does not offer CD terms beyond six years.

    Bank experience

    Marcus by Goldman Sachs consistently ranks at the top of the list thanks to its competitive rate offerings. Unfortunately, Marcus is limited in its product offerings and you will need to look elsewhere for checking and money-market accounts.

    When it comes to the banks mobile experience, customers are highly satisfied with the app experience based on the thousands of glowing reviews on both the app store and Google Play. Some of the highlights of the app include Marcus insights, which shows customers allows customers to link external accounts to track their goals and money in one convenient location.

    One of the biggest pitfalls, however, is the fact that the app does not support mobile check deposits. Instead, all deposits must be electronically transferred or come from automated deposits. This is unfortunate given Marcus also does not offer branch or ATM access.

    If you need assistance, you can call the automated customer service line 24/7. If you’d like to talk to a specialist, you can call Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Saturday - Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern.

    About Marcus

    Marcus Goldman founded a financial firm in 1869 that would become Goldman Sachs, a company known as one of the premier investment banks in the United States.

    Goldman Sachs became a bank holding company during the financial crisis. Years later through the acquisition of GE Capital Bank’s online deposits, Goldman Sachs launched GS Bank, an online-only institution. In late 2017, GS Bank became known as Marcus by Goldman Sachs, a brand already being used by the firm’s personal loan platform. In addition to loans, Marcus by Goldman Sachs offers certificates of deposit (CDs) and an online savings account.

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    Liz Hund is a banking reporter at Bankrate. Previously, she was a writer at The Points Guy, where she covered everything from the latest travel news to credit card reviews. Liz is passionate about helping others reach their financial goals and aims to accomplish that through her writing. Her goal is to get others as excited about maximizing their money as she is, which is why she particularly enjoys the challenge of breaking down otherwise intimidating or hard-to-understand topics — especially for beginners. Liz is based in New York City and grew up between Michigan and Virginia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.