Tangerine GIC review

We’ll help you find out whether a Tangerine GIC is right for you and how to apply for one.

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Whether you’re already a customer of the Scotiabank network or just want to find out more about Tangerine’s GIC offerings, we’ll help you compare the range of Tangerine GIC products available in Canada. Read on to learn about specific eligibility requirements and how to apply for a GIC with Tangerine.

Types of Tangerine GICs

Tangerine offers a variety of GIC types for customers with different investment profiles and spending habits, including guaranteed return, TFSA, RRSP and RIF GICs.

Non-registered

Tangerine offers guaranteed return GICs with terms to maturity between 90 days and five years.

Registered

Tangerine offers Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) and Retirement Income Fund (RIF) GICs with terms of up to five years to a maximum deposit of $100,000 per plan.

How does Tangerine compare to other banks?

Previously known as ING Direct, Tangerine was acquired by Scotiabank in 2012 and has since become one of the top online-only banks in Canada. Tangerine is available to all Canadian citizens. Since Tangerine is a subsidiary of Scotiabank, clients will also benefit from CDIC insurance on their investments.

Benefits of buying a Tangerine GIC

Online banking platform

Tangerine was one of the first to offer several innovative online banking services, including “Cheque-In” which lets customers quickly deposit money into their bank account by taking a photo of their cheque and submitting it to the online banking platform via mobile, tablet or computer.

Competitive interest rates

The bank has become popular for its savings accounts (and GICs) with high interest offerings.

Zero daily banking fees

With no fees, service charges or minimum required balance for its chequing and savings accounts, as a Tangerine customer you won’t have to pay any monthly account maintenance charges.

However, there are still some fees charged (at a low rate compared to the major Canadian banks) for certain transactions.

Customer service

Tangerine has consistently scored the highest in customer satisfaction across banks in Canada, particularly in the areas of top products, low fees, communication, opening accounts and across online and mobile platforms. You can contact a Tangerine advisor via online chat, Twitter DM or by calling its 24/7 customer service hotline.

Potential drawbacks of Tangerine

Online only

If you prefer a bank with bricks and mortar branches that you can easily visit, this online-only bank may not be the right fit for you.

No student, youth or senior accounts

While Tangerine is a great option as an overall online bank, if you’re looking for specific student, youth or senior account products, you may want to compare your other options before settling on Tangerine.

How do I purchase a Tangerine GIC?

To buy a Tangerine GIC, you’ll first have to sign up for a Tangerine customer account. If you’re already a Tangerine customer, you can easily purchase one of its GIC products online upon signing into your client account.

Eligibility requirements

Required documents

You’ll need to provide proof of your residency status, age and social insurance number (SIN) as well as employment information.

If you already bank with Tangerine, you’ll also need to provide your client account details.

Bottom line

Whether you’re already banking within the Scotiabank network or considering what GIC options you qualify for, Tangerine has a decent range for you to consider.

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