June 30, 2009

Discover Bank Offers Penalty-Free Withdrawals To 12-Month CD Account Holders Who Become Unemployed

NEW CASTLE, Del., Jun 30, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- As part of a continuous effort to respond to the needs of savings-conscious consumers who need some peace of mind during these times of economic uncertainty, Discover Bank will allow penalty-free early withdrawals from 12-month certificates of deposit for new and renewing account holders who lose their jobs.

Discover CD rates consistently beat the national average and interest is compounded daily. Discover Bank is making this penalty-free offer on its most popular 12-month CD term at the same rate at which it would normally offer any CD for the same term. Accounts are FDIC-insured, and banking specialists are available by telephone 24 hours a day.

"If you're trying to make some headway by investing in your future, we don't want the fear of an unforeseen job loss to keep you from enjoying the higher interest rates our 12-month CDs offer," said Steve Olszewski, vice president of deposit products at Discover Bank. "In these days when unemployment is at a 25-year high, our customers can be confident that they can access their money if they need it without paying penalties."

To be eligible, account holders must open or renew a 12-month CD with a minimum $2,500 balance between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2009. If the account holder involuntarily loses his or her job during the term of the CD, they will be allowed to make a partial withdrawal of the funds or close the account with a full return of their principal and any credited interest with no penalties. The program also applies to self-employed people under certain circumstances.

For more information or to open a penalty-free 12-month CD call 1-800-347-7000 or go online to

Discover Bank also offers CDs with terms from three months to 10 years with some of the consistently highest interest rates in the industry. In addition to CDs, Discover offers Money Market accounts and IRA CDs. Discover Bank deposit accounts can be opened over the phone at 1-800-847-7000 or at

About Discover Bank

Discover Bank is one of the 100 largest banks in the United States and an affiliate of Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS). Discover Bank offers certificates of deposit, money market deposit accounts and other consumer financial products and services. Founded in 1911, Discover Bank is FDIC-insured and chartered under the laws of the State of Delaware. The bank maintains a branch in Greenwood, Delaware, with deposit, finance and credit card operations in New Castle, Delaware. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Discover Financial Services

Jon Drummond
Discover Financial Services