The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is hoping to receive permission from Congress to insure greater amounts of deposits. Currently, individual deposits up to $100,000 and retirement accounts up to $250,000 are fully covered by the FDIC.
Even before this proposal was drafted, savers were been able to obtain additional coverage by titling their accounts in certain ways. However, savers were often confused by the different types of accounts and bank employees weren't always very clear in explaining the rules.
Under the new proposal, up to $250,000 in deposits could be insured and the cost of the increased coverage would be incurred by the member banks in the form of higher premiums. This would be good news for investors who have previously distributed their money across many banks in order to obtain full insurance protection. Mutual fund companies, however, are generally not in favor of this proposal because they think it might give banks an unfair operating advantage. To read more about this proposal, check out this recent NY Times article. Also, to learn more about how FDIC deposit insurance works and to estimate the amount of coverage available for your deposits, visit the FDIC website.
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