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FDIC Adopts Final Rule to Amend How Small Banks are Assessed for Deposit Insurance

April 26, 2016
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Julianne Fisher Breitbeil
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The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today approved a final rule that amends the way small banks are assessed for deposit insurance.

The final rule affects banks with less than $10 billion in assets that have been FDIC insured for at least five years. It updates the data and revises the methodology that the FDIC uses to determine risk-based assessments for these institutions to better reflect risks and to help ensure that banks that take on greater risks pay more for deposit insurance than their less risky counterparts.

"This rule will allow future assessments to better differentiate riskier banks from safer banks," FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg said. "Using the FDIC's experience during the recent financial crisis, this rule will better allocate the costs of maintaining a strong Deposit Insurance Fund. Taken together with the overall decline in rates approved by the Board in 2011 that will occur once the reserve ratio reaches 1.15 percent, more than 93 percent of small banks will pay lower assessment rates."

The final rule follows an initial proposed rule on small bank assessments issued in June 2015 and a revised proposed rule issued in January. It adopts the revised notice of proposed rulemaking as proposed and reflects comments received during both comment periods, including the calculation of asset growth.

The final rule is revenue neutral, so that aggregate assessment revenue collected from established small banks is expected to be approximately the same as it would have been otherwise. The FDIC has revised the online assessment calculator that allows institutions to estimate their assessment rates to reflect the final rule.

The final rule will be used to determine assessment rates for small banks beginning the quarter after the Deposit Insurance Fund reserve ratio reaches 1.15 percent, but no earlier than the third quarter of this year.


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Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's banks and savings associations, 6,182 as of December 31, 2015. It promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars—insured financial institutions fund its operations.

FDIC press releases and other information are available on the Internet at, by subscription electronically (go to and may also be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center (877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200). PR-32-2016