Institutions that accept deposits with the intent of placing a portion of some or all of these deposits must establish governing controls over this activity to prevent customer confusion and ensure that all activities comply with deposit insurance regulations.
Some FDIC-insured depository institutions/affiliates have entered into agreements with third-party affinity groups or trade associations (groups) to collect and place customer deposits at FDIC-insured institutions and/or their affiliates.
Once collected, if an institution/ affiliate subsequently places these deposits at other institutions/affiliates, the institution needs to adhere closely to the FDIC rules governing the eligibility of these accounts for "pass-through" deposit insurance coverage.
Institutions should ensure that marketing materials, customer statements and disclosures given to customers are accurate with respect to deposit insurance coverage and reflect the terms and conditions of the arrangement between the customer and the bank, as well as with the banks that receive customer funds.
Institutions acting as agents in deposit collection and placement arrangements should ensure customers are provided the deposit amount and the name of the insured depository institution at which their deposits are ultimately placed.
Because insurance coverage is available only if the interest rate and the maturity date offered to the customer match the interest rate and maturity date for funds placed with another bank, any differences in terms must be disclosed to the customer at the inception of the arrangement, and in monthly statements, and the customer must be informed that these changes may impact the deposit insurance coverage of the account.
All relevant personnel involved in collecting and placing deposits from any third party should be trained on deposit insurance coverage requirements, including requirements for pass-through insurance coverage.
FDIC-Insured Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Chief Executive Officer
Deposit Insurance Rules
Third-Party Risk: Guidance for Managing Third-Party Risk (FIL-44-2008)
Third-Party Referrals Promising Above-Market Rates on Certificates of Deposits (FIL-32-2009)
Consumer Alert: FDIC suggests steps for consumers when placing deposits at FDIC-insured banks through an agent, April 7, 2010
Guidance on Deposit Placement and Collection Activities at FDIC-insured institutions and their Affiliates (PDF Help)
Karen Jones Currie, Senior Examination Specialist, at KCurrie@fdic.gov or (202) 898-3981; Joe DiNuzzo, Supervisory Counsel, at JDiNuzzo@fdic.gov, or (202) 898-7349
Deposit Insurance Coverage: FDIC Call Center (toll-free) at 877-ASKFDIC (877-275-3342); TDD: 800-925-4618
FIL-29-2010 - PDF (PDF Help)
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