FDIC Insurance: Understanding Coverage and Maximizing BenefitsMar 23, 2023
One of the most common types of insurance is FDIC insurance. FDIC insurance, or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, is a government-backed program that guarantees the safety of deposit accounts in case of a bank failure. In this blog post, we will discuss what FDIC insurance is, how it works, and how you can maximize your coverage.
Basic Coverage and Account Categories
The basic FDIC coverage is $250,000 per depositor, per account category, per FDIC-insured bank. However, there are ways to maximize your coverage. To determine your actual insurance coverage, you need to look at each account category separately. There are different rules for each account category, such as individual accounts, business accounts, revocable trust accounts, and irrevocable trust accounts.
The FDIC calculator is a great tool to determine your insurance coverage for each account category. You can find this calculator on the FDIC website (www.fdic.gov). By entering your account information and account category, you can determine your actual insurance coverage. The calculator considers the number of account owners and the number of beneficiaries involved in the account. The coverage may be more than $250,000 depending on the account category, the number of account owners, and the number of beneficiaries.
Maximizing Your Coverage
To maximize your coverage, you can consider opening multiple accounts with different ownership structures. For example, you can open a joint account with your spouse and individual accounts for each of your children. By doing this, you can potentially increase your coverage to over $1 million.
Another way to maximize your coverage is through revocable trust accounts. Revocable trust accounts can provide significant coverage, especially if you have many beneficiaries. As an example in the video, if you have a revocable trust account with five beneficiaries, the coverage can be up to $2.5 million.
It's important to note that FDIC coverage only applies to deposit accounts, such as checking, and savings accounts. FDIC does not insure investments such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, or life insurance policies.
FDIC insurance is an important consideration when choosing where to deposit your money. By understanding the rules for each account category and utilizing the FDIC calculator, you can maximize your coverage and ensure the safety of your deposits. Remember to always check that your bank is FDIC-insured, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your bank or a financial advisor.