With rates hovering at zero, how do you keep customers who have been getting more than 150 basis points on their deposits for the past year?
That is one of the conundrums banks face as $1 trillion of CDs are set to expire in coming months. At a time when the industry is awash in deposits, banks must use this opportunity to focus on quality and relationships of those CD customers even before the CD matures.
Novantas believes banks can use customer-level treatments to drive behavior among current customers and attract new ones. They can then optimize these treatments across channels to deepen engagement with these desired customers. This will allow banks to acquire deposits inexpensively now and reap the benefits over the longer term.
CD portfolios are on pace to run off 40% of balances over the course of a year. That would be modestly higher than levels seen in 2007-2009. The runoff is driven by low rates and the desire of customers to switch from term deposits to liquid savings. This proprietary snapshot from Novantas’ Comparative Deposit Analytics (CDA) platform shows the trend.
Annualized CD Growth | All Terms
Source: Novantas Comparative Deposit Analytics (CDA) Database, July ‘20 | Simple average used to protect participant anonymity
In the past, banks that sought to reprice these time deposits as quickly as possible – for as little as possible – later discovered that strategy didn’t work. Not only did they see large outflows, but they later had to pay more to re-acquire these deposits when rates rose. Banks that can retain these deposits now when they are inexpensive (but not the cheapest in the market) can reap the benefits over the longer-term.
More than 60% of current CDs are priced above 1.5%, according to Novantas research. Many of those customers will feel “sticker shock” when they consider choices for those maturing funds. Banks need to consider multiple strategies for these customers.
Since not all CD customers are alike, banks need to assess their anticipated behavior before the CDs mature.