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What Is the FDIC?

The FDIC – short for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – is an independent agency of the United States government. The FDIC protects you against the loss of your 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.

To check whether your bank or savings association is insured by FDIC, call toll-free 1-877-275-3342, use "Bank Find" at http://research.fdic.gov/bankfind, or look for the official FDIC sign where deposits are received.

Why Is FDIC Insurance Important to You?

All FDIC-insured banks must meet high standards for financial strength and stability. The FDIC, with other federal and state regulatory agencies, regularly reviews the operations of insured banks to ensure these standards are met. Even with these safeguards, some insured banks fail. If your insured bank fails, FDIC insurance will cover your deposits, dollar for dollar, including principal and any accrued interest, up to the insurance limit.

Historically, insured deposits are available to customers of a failed bank within just a few days. Since the start of the FDIC in 1933, no depositor has ever lost a penny of insured deposits.

What Does the FDIC Insure?

The FDIC insures all deposits at insured banks, including checking, NOW and savings accounts, money market deposit accounts, and certificates of deposit (CDs), up to the insurance limit.

The FDIC does not insure the money you invest in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance policies, annuities, or municipal securities, even if you purchased these products from an insured bank.

$250,000 Standard Deposit Insurance Amount Now Permanent

Effective July 21, 2010 with the signing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the basic limit on federal deposit insurance coverage has been permanently increased to at least $250,000 per depositor and is retroactive to October 3, 2008.

The FDIC insurance coverage limit applies per depositor, per insured depository institution for each account ownership category. The FDIC provides separate insurance coverage for deposit accounts held in different categories of ownership. You may qualify for more than $250,000 in coverage at one insured bank if you own deposit accounts in different ownership categories.

If you and your family have $250,000 or less in all of your deposit accounts at the same insured bank, you do not need to worry about your insurance coverage -- your deposits are fully insured.

For More Information from the FDIC

Call toll-free at: 1-877-ASK-FDIC (1-877-275-3342)
from 8 am until 8 pm (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday

Hearing Impaired Line: 1-800-925-4618

Read more about FDIC insurance or calculate your insurance coverage using the FDIC's online Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator at: www.fdic.gov/edie/index.html

Send your questions by e-mail using the FDIC's online Customer Assistance Form at: https://ask.fdic.gov/FDICCustomerAssistanceForm

Mail your questions to:
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Attn: Deposit Insurance Section
550 17th Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20429