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:
The main navigation at the top of each page consists of seven categories:
- Deposit Insurance - Information on insured institutions, deposit insurance coverage of individual accounts, and the deposit insurance premium system.
- Consumer Protection - Resources to educate and protect consumers, revitalize communities, and promote compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending laws.
- Industry Analysis - Financial information on specific banks as well as analyses of the banking industry and economic trends.
- Regulation & Examinations - Information on banking laws and regulations and applicable policies and procedures used by the FDIC in examining financial institutions.
- Asset Sales - Information concerning loans, real estate, and other assets for sale by the FDIC in its role as receiver for failed institutions.
- News & Events - FDIC announcements and a schedule of FDIC-sponsored events.
- 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.
FDIC Logo-Home Page Link
The FDIC logo at the top left corner of each page is a link to the site's home page. A Home link is also contained in a list of links at the bottom of each page.
- FDIC Logo-Home Page Link
Need Help Finding Information?
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.
Full Text Search - This page enables users to search the text of all materials for specific user-defined terms and phrases. The quick search box located at the top of each page on the site provides the same search capability.
An Advanced Search with several more options for focusing your search is linked from "Full Text Search" and from the search results pages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FDIC policy is to make all products published after June 21, 2001, accessible to people with disabilities.
Each browser may display FDIC.gov pages differently. However, if your browser supports HTML5, the FDIC.gov 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 FDIC.gov, please contact: email@example.com.
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:
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:
Saving PDF files on tablets
For users wishing to read files in PDF format from FDIC.gov 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".