Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG) today announced plans to launch Citizens Access, a nationwide direct-to-consumer digital platform, offering FDIC-insured deposit products to serve an increasing number of savers who value the flexibility and convenience of an online offering. Citizens Access plans to provide this growing customer segment a digital deposit offering with attractive rates and in a lower cost format to help them save for the future in a simple and secure way. The Citizens Access platform, which will be unveiled early in the third quarter, will be available to consumers throughout the United States.
“The planned launch of Citizens Access represents a step forward for Citizens as we seek to expand our distribution to meet consumer needs,” said John Woods, Citizens Chief Financial Officer. “Sourcing deposits nationwide is a perfect complement to our attractive retail lending initiatives, such as education refinance, merchant finance and home equity. We expect Citizens Access to further diversify our funding sources by targeting savers who often choose to add digital-only offerings to their existing retail banking relationship and are actively seeking online alternative savings solutions.”
“We believe that Citizens Access will provide digitally-savvy savers with a winning combination of simplicity, security and attractive rates,” said Brad Conner, Citizens vice chairman and Head of Consumer Banking. “Over the past several years, we have invested heavily in data and analytics to better understand and react to customer needs, and we are excited to engage with them in one of our industry’s fastest growing deposit channels. Over time we believe this will better position the bank to further innovate, acquire new customers and deliver expanded digital capabilities. We look forward to providing an exceptional customer experience through this digital platform as we continue to help customers reach their potential.”
Added Woods: “We are proud to say that the development of this platform has been funded by efficiencies realized through our continuous improvement initiatives and, with the benefit of an all-digital infrastructure, we expect that it will quickly achieve scale and contribute to improving returns.”
The launch of Citizens Access was included in CFG’s previous commentary on its 2018 financial outlook and statements regarding deposit betas.
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About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $153.5 billion in assets as of March 31, 2018. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,300 ATMs and approximately 1,150 branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management and small business offerings. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services, including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest rate products, and asset finance. More information is available at www.citizensbank.com or visit us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.
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