First Republic Bank got its start in 1985 as a small thrift company. Today, the firm offers personal banking, business banking, and wealth and trust management services.
They have ~70 branch locations in 6 states (California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon) with most being centered in major metropolitan areas.
Because they cater to high net-worth, low risk individuals, many of their banking products come with steeper minimum deposit requirements than those at other online banks and/or nationally available credit unions.
First Republic bank offers a full suite of deposit products. They offer checking accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts and CDs (certificates of deposit).
In our review below we will focus on the 12 certificates of deposit products sold by First Republic Bank.
First Republic Bank’s CDs are federally insured by the FDIC up to $250,000 per depositor or $500,000 for joint accounts. All of their CDs come with a minimum deposit requirement of $10,000.
First Republic Bank CD Rates + Account Details
To view First Republic Bank’s current CD rates on their website, you’ll have to use their “Rate Finder” tool. This tool requires you to specify your region before populating a list of their going CD rates. That said, we’ve run this scenario for all available regions and found rates to be static across the board. In normal interest rate environments, however, these rates may vary slightly by region.
First Republic Bank currently has 12 CDs to choose from. They have 10 standard term CDs and 2 promotional CDs. The promotional CDs consist of a “4 Month Special” and an “8 Month Liquid CD.”
The 4 month special, for all intents and purposes, is just like a regular CD but it comes with a higher APY. Its current annual percentage yield is listed in our table below.
The liquid CD comes with the same guaranteed interest rate that a standard CD does, but allows you access to your funds without incurring a penalty. You are allowed to withdraw funds once per week (every 7 days), however you must maintain a minimum balance of $10,000 in this account. If you dip below this threshold First Republic Bank may close the CD and transfer the funds to another account.
First Republic Bank CD Rates
|4 Month Special||0.25%|
|8 Month Liquid Special||0.20%|
To give these offers above some context, the current national average for a 12 month CD and a 60 month CD sit at just 0.15% APY and 0.24% APY, respectively according to recent FDIC data.
Outside of the 8 month liquid CD all of First Bank Republic’s other CD options come with early withdrawal penalties if you need funds prior to maturity. It should also be noted that First Bank Republic’s early withdrawal penalties are more expensive than other banks and credit unions.
Early withdrawal penalties are as follows:
- CDs with terms of 1 year or less have a penalty equal to six months’ interest on the amount you withdraw.
- CDS with terms of 1 year or greater have a penalty equal to 15 months’ interest on the amount you withdraw.
The best way to access the funds from your CD is to wait until it matures. Consider locking in one of First Bank Republic’s shorter term deposits if you’re unsure whether or not you can keep your money tied up for longer periods of time.
Opening a CD with First Republic Bank
There are three ways to open a certificate of deposit with First Republic Bank, none of which are online.
- The first is to give the bank a call at (888) 408-0288. They have banking specialists available during regular working hours to get you set up with any CD you choose.
- The second option is to complete an online form and have the bank reach out to you. You can find this form here.
- The third would be to stop into a branch and speak with a representative in person. You can locate a First Republic Bank branch here.
When you speak with a representative either in person or via the phone you will need the following information to get your CD account open and funded:
- Full name (drivers license)
- Phone Number
- Social Security Number
To fund the account you will need the routing number and account number of the institution and bank account that you will be transferring the funds from. You can also mail them or hand them a check (if meeting in person).
While in most cases First Republic Bank’s CD rates beat out the national average for each respective term, better yields can be found through online banks and nationally available credit unions.
Because First Republic Bank caters to higher net worth individuals, they impose steep minimum deposit requirements on their deposits and expensive early withdrawal penalties if you need access to your funds prior to maturity.
All of this should be considered before deciding to open a CD with First Republic Bank.