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Another Major Rules Change by FDIC Portends More Bank Failures on the Horizon

Editor’s Note: I discussed this topic on my show today. Even though most Americans do not have a trust account with over $1.25 million in it, the way the FDIC is going about this change is truly concerning for everyone. It tells us they are anticipating more bank collapses soon. Otherwise there’s no reason for the rule change. Here are the details followed by a clip from my show…

(Discern Money)—Affluent Americans are advised to review their bank deposit insurance coverage following recent changes to Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) rules. These changes, implemented last month, have placed a cap on FDIC insurance for trust accounts at $1.25 million, a significant shift from the previous no-limit policy.

This adjustment aims to simplify the understanding of deposit insurance rules and expedite the determination of insured accounts in case of bank failures.

Under the new regulations, the FDIC continues to insure up to $250,000 per depositor and per account category at each bank. However, the changes affect how trust accounts are insured. Previously, each beneficiary of a trust could receive $250,000 in insurance protection, potentially insuring an “almost infinite amount” at one bank. Now, the new rule limits the number of trust beneficiaries receiving this protection to five, totaling at most $1.25 million.

Moreover, the FDIC has merged irrevocable trusts and revocable trusts into one ownership category, impacting the insurance coverage. This change could decrease coverage for some depositors but could also increase coverage for a small number of irrevocable trusts. The FDIC estimates that nearly 27,000 trust account depositors and over 36,000 trust accounts could be directly affected by these changes.

To ensure that your deposits are fully insured, use the FDIC’s Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator to determine if any of your funds exceed the new coverage limits. If you find that some of your money is now uninsured, consult your bank. Financial institutions are typically ready to assist customers affected by these regulatory changes to ensure that large deposits remain protected. You may need to open a different type of account or deposit the uninsured sum in an account at another bank to maintain full insurance coverage.

Article generated from corporate media reports.

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