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How do I add beneficiaries to my account?

You can change or modify beneficiaries online at any time and as often as you would like. To view, add, remove or edit beneficiaries, use the drop-down menu in the ‘My Profile’ tab, select ‘Manage Beneficiaries’, then select the account you would like to update.

Below is some helpful information about adding beneficiaries to your account:

  • You may add up to six (6) beneficiaries per account.  Beneficiary designations are account-specific, so if you have multiple accounts and wish to designate beneficiaries to any of your accounts, each beneficiary will need to be added individually to each account.  
  • Beneficiaries do not need to be the same on each of your accounts. 
  • Beneficiaries must be natural persons.  Trusts, businesses, charities and pets are not permitted. 
  • Please provide the beneficiary’s full name, date of birth, Social Security number and physical address, which are required in order to add them to your account.

Once we receive all the appropriate paperwork confirming the account owner’s death (or the death of the last surviving joint account owner, if applicable), the balance of the account will be distributed equally among the living beneficiaries listed at that time. You are not able to specify different proportions to be distributed to each beneficiary.

It’s important to let you know that adding beneficiaries will designate your account as a Payable on Death (POD) account. Certain state law restrictions apply to POD accounts. Please consult an attorney or a qualified estate planning professional before designating your account as a POD account.

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*The Annual Percentage Yield (APY) as advertised is accurate as of . Interest rate and APY are subject to change at any time without notice before and after a High Yield Savings Account is opened.

 

For a CD account, rates are subject to change at any time without notice before the account is opened. Your rate will be fixed on the business day‡ we receive your completed application, provided we receive your deposit within 30 days after your application is approved. After a CD is opened, additional deposits to the account are not permitted. Early CD withdrawals may be subject to significant penalties which could cause you to lose some of your principal. Please see the Deposit Account Agreement for additional terms and conditions and Truth-in-Savings disclosures.

 

**The national average APY is accurate as of November 23, 2020, as published in the FDIC's Weekly National Rates and Rate Caps; average rate used is for deposits under $100,000.

 

†You may make up to nine (9) withdrawals or transfers out of your High Yield Savings Account during a monthly statement cycle. Read More in FAQs.

 

‡For purposes of transferring funds, business days are Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Transfers can be initiated 24/7 via the website or phone, but any transfers initiated after 7:00 PM Eastern Time or on non-business days will begin to be processed on the next business day.

 

♢Calculations are estimates of expected interest earned. Actual results may vary, based on various factors such as leap years, timing of deposits, rounding, and variation in interest rates. The first recurring deposit is assumed to begin in the second period after any initial deposit.