Are My Deposits Safe?
The recent media attention has prompted questions from depositors at banks and credit unions as to the safety of their deposits. Banks and credit unions doing business in the State of Utah have federal deposit insurance through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for banks and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) for credit unions. The NCUA’s deposit insurance is called the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF).
Basic Deposit Insurance Coverage
In general, the FDIC and NCUSIF provide depositors with $250,000 in coverage for their individual deposit accounts. These accounts include savings, checking, money market, and certificate accounts. Individuals with account balances totaling $250,000 or less at the same insured bank or credit union have full FDIC (for banks) or full NCUSIF (for credit unions) coverage.
Certain retirement accounts, such as Individual Retirement Accounts, are insured up to $250,000 per depositor per insured bank or per insured credit union.
Additional Deposit Insurance Coverage
If you have more than $250,000 in an individual bank or a individual credit union, you may want to use the FDIC guide (for bank deposits) available at www.fdic.gov/edie/ or the NCUSIF estimator (for credit union deposits) available at webapps.ncua.gov/ins/. Additional insurance coverage is available based on rules from the FDIC or NCUA regarding retirement accounts and other types of accounts, such as trust accounts. You should also call your bank or credit union to discuss deposit insurance coverage in excess of $250,000 per individual.
For complete deposit insurance coverage information go to these web sites.
- Banks / FDIC http://www.fdic.gov/deposit/deposits/index.html
Credit Unions / NCUA http://www.mycreditunion.gov/estimator/Pages/index.html
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Deposit Insurance
FDIC has a great FAQ about deposit insurance, available at https://www.fdic.gov/edie/fdic_info.html. NCUSIF has similar FAQ available at http://www.ncua.gov/Resources/ShareInsurance/NCUAInsurance FundFAQs.htm
If you are curious about the financial health of your bank or credit union, they post quarterly financial statements on the FDIC or NCUA website.
- For a bank’s most recently published, quarterly financial statement, see https://www2.fdic.gov/qbp/.
For a credit union’s most recently published, quarterly financial statement, see http://www.ncua.gov/DataApps/Pages/default.aspx.
Still Have Questions?
Call us: Utah Department of Financial Institutions (801) 538-8830.