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Temporary Changes to FDIC Deposit Insurance Coverage

The standard insurance amount of $250,000 per depositor is in effect through December 31, 2013. On January 1, 2014, the standard insurance amount will return to $100,000 per depositor for all account categories except IRAs and other certain retirement accounts, which will remain at $250,000 per depositor.

On October 14, 2008, the FDIC announced its temporary Transaction Account Guarantee Program, providing depositors with unlimited coverage for noninterest-bearing transaction accounts if their bank is a participant in the FDIC’s Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program. Noninterest-bearing checking accounts include Demand Deposit Accounts (DDAs) and any transaction account that has unlimited withdrawals and that cannot earn interest. Also included are low-interest NOW accounts that cannot earn more than 0.5% interest. Interest-bearing accounts include NOW accounts that can earn more than 0.5% interest, other interest-bearing checking accounts, Money Market Deposit Accounts (MMDAs), savings accounts, and Certificates of Deposit (CDs). This program is scheduled to end on December 31, 2009.

The discussion and examples of deposit insurance coverage in this brochure assume deposits are held in interest-bearing accounts.


The FDIC –short for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - is an independent agency of the United States government. The FDIC protects depositors against the loss of their insured deposits if an FDIC-insured bank or savings association fails. FDIC insurance is backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government.

If a depositor's accounts at one FDIC-insured bank or savings association total $250,000 or less, the deposits are fully insured. A depositor can have more than $250,000 at one insured bank or savings association and still be fully insured provided the accounts meet certain requirements.

This guide describes the FDIC's rules for insurance coverage of bank and savings association deposits and answers frequently asked questions about the FDIC's insurance rules. The guide is intended primarily for depositors who need a comprehensive explanation of the FDIC's rules, including the requirements to qualify for more than $250,000 in insurance coverage.

The information provided in this guide is presented in a non-technical way and is not intended to be a legal interpretation of the FDIC's laws and regulations on insurance coverage. For greater detail concerning the technical aspects of insurance coverage, depositors or their counsel may wish to consult the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C.1811 et seq.) and the FDIC's regulations relating to insurance coverage (12 C.F.R. Part 330).

Federal law expressly limits the amount of insurance the FDIC can pay to depositors and no representation made by any person can increase that coverage.

Last Updated 05/20/2009 Online Customer Assistance Form

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