Bank Accounts FDIC Insurance

Learn About Bank Accounts FDIC Insurance - Make Sure All Your Bank Accounts Are Covered with FDIC Insurance. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is an independent federal agency that was created in 1933 to insure bank depositors and protect them against the failure of their bank. The current limit on FDIC insurance is $100,000 for bank accounts and $250,000 for retirement accounts.

Make sure that all deposits over the limit are held in separate accounts owned by different individuals or entities. This means that if you are married with two children, you can have one account in your name, one account in the name of your spouse and one account each in the names of your two children, all with the maximum of $100,000 in deposits, and you would still be fully insured for the full $400,000.

Additionally, if you have a corporation or limited liability company (LLC), your business can also have an account at that same bank and it will also be insured up to the $100,000 limit. The only caveat is that the company must be engaged in an “independent activity,” meaning that the entity is operated primarily for some purpose other than to simply increase your insurance coverage. When two or more insured banks merge, the deposits from the assumed bank continue to be insured separately for at least six months after the merger. This grace period gives you the opportunity to restructure your accounts, if necessary.

If your deposits at one bank exceed the FDIC limits, it’s advisable to move the money and open up some new accounts at other banks that are not affiliated with one another and that are not owned by the same parent company. Additionally, you may consider asking your bank if they participate in the CDARS® network. CDARS stands for Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service, and it is offered by nearly 2,500 financial institutions across the country. When you place a large deposit with a financial institution that is part of the CDARS network, the financial institution uses CDARS to place your funds into certificates of deposit issued by other banks in the network. This occurs in increments of less than $100,000 to ensure that both principal and interest are eligible for full FDIC insurance.