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Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation

Each depositor insured to at least $250,000 per insured bank

Help - First Time Users

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) preserves and promotes public confidence in the U.S. financial system by insuring deposits in banks and thrift institutions for at least $250,000; by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to the deposit Insurance funds; and by limiting the effect on the economy and the financial system when a bank or thrift institution fails.

The information presented answers questions like:

The FDIC Web Site provides many tools to assist you in locating and printing information on the site:

  1. Information Categories
    2 - Information Categories Screenshot of the homepage with the top navigation links highlighted.

    The main navigation at the top of each page consists of seven categories:

    1. Deposit Insurance - Information on insured institutions, deposit insurance coverage of individual accounts, and the deposit insurance premium system.
    2. Consumer Protection - Resources to educate and protect consumers, revitalize communities, and promote compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending laws.
    3. Industry Analysis - Financial information on specific banks as well as analyses of the banking industry and economic trends.
    4. Regulation & Examinations - Information on banking laws and regulations and applicable policies and procedures used by the FDIC in examining financial institutions.
    5. Asset Sales - Information concerning loans, real estate, and other assets for sale by the FDIC in its role as receiver for failed institutions.
    6. News & Events - FDIC announcements and a schedule of FDIC-sponsored events.
    7. About FDIC - Explanations of who the FDIC is and what we do, as well as the corporation's plans and reports, current job openings and business opportunities with the FDIC.
  2. Shortcuts
    3a. The breadcrumb trail, and 3b. FDIC logo highlighted.
  3. Need Help Finding Information? 4. The 'Need Help Finding Information?' section highlighted.

    The FDIC now provides a new way for our users to find information. Use the "I am" dropdown list to identify your role and the "I want to" dropdown list to identify the task you're trying to accomplish.

  4. SiteMap

    The SiteMap lists every product on the website both in a table sortable by alphabetical order, and the information category in which the product lives.

  5. Contact Us or Provide Feedback

    Contact Us gives names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, listed both by topic and by official's title. This section of the website also provides related information like Access to Washington, DC, Facilities; Delays in Mail Delivery; and links to Other Government Financial Agencies.

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    Every FDIC.GOV page provides a mailto link to the official responsible for that page. By clicking on that link, you open a pre-addressed form that will be e-mailed to that official.

  6. File Format and Size Notation

    FDIC policy is to publish Web documents in HTML. As a courtesy the website occasionally provides ancillary versions documents in other formats (e.g., Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint). The link to a file coded in an alternative format is accompanied by a notice giving the format, the file size and links to information about how to access files in that format.

  7. Printing

    Navigation/menu pages are formatted so that they will print all of a page's contents.

    Content pages, however, omit the standard header when printing. If you want to print the header on a content page, you will need to use the "Print Screen" command.

    All pages suppress background colors when printing.

  8. Accessibility

    FDIC policy is to make all products published after June 21, 2001, accessible to people with disabilities.

  9. FDIC Social Media
    10 - Social Media Screenshot of the home page with the Social Meida/Web 2.0 icons highlighted.

    The FDIC provides the ability to receive information updates several different ways. An email subscription service, RSS feeds, or the FDIC page on Facebook or Twitter allows you to receive many different alerts, including news releases, Financial Institution Letters, consumer updates, statistical publications and others.

    The links to each of these outlets are available in the upper right corner of every page, just above the Search box.

  10. Browser Help

    Each browser may display pages differently. However, if your browser supports HTML5, the will render correctly. Please click on the links below to ensure that your Internet browser is up-to-date, or to get answers to common questions about your Internet browser. If you are encountering problems in viewing our site or if you have web support related questions (or comments) about, please contact:

    Browsers you can use:

    • Internet Explorer (IE) 11 and the previous two versions (IE 10 and IE 9).
    • Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and other WebKit-based browsers (all recent versions) . - this also covers most smart-phone/tablet browsers (iPhones & iPad, Android, Kindles, etc.)
    • Mozilla Firefox (All recent versions).

    Links to browser web sites:

  11. Help with Other File Formats

    The FDIC presents information in several formats to allow users to print or use data. Here are links to get additional information on these formats:

  12. Saving PDF files on tablets

    For users wishing to read files in PDF format from offline using a tablet, here are the ways to download our PDF files:

    • On iPhones/iPads, the user can open a PDF in an internet browser and then select open in iBooks. Once it’s opened in iBooks, it’s saved to your phone for offline viewing in iBooks.
    • Most Android devices allow you to save the PDF to directly to your phone like any other file.
    • Amazon's “Send to Kindle Desktop App” for both Windows and OS X lets you send compatible files to your Kindle just by right-clicking on them on your computer and pressing "Send to Kindle".
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