Are all banks FDIC-Insured?


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The role of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in protecting depositors’ bank accounts is important for everyone to understand.

Most banks are insured by the FDIC, but not all. Moreover, there are usually limits on how much can be covered in an individual person’s accounts and what kind of financial products are eligible for this insurance at all.

Read on to learn the policies and practices of the FDIC and how you can find out the status of your bank.

What FDIC Insurance Means

In 1933, in the wake of the Great Depression, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation , an independent agency, was created to protect consumers if the worst happens and a financial institution fails. The agency has shown lasting power. Reports from 4,706 commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the FDIC reflected aggregate net income of $68.4 billion in fourth quarter 2022.

So what exactly does FDIC insurance cover? Typically, all deposit accounts at insured banks up to the limit, currently $250,000 per depositor, per bank, per ownership category, including principal and any accrued interest through the date of an insured bank’s closing. (With the closures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, the FDIC has removed the limit for deposits at the shuttered banks.)

Generally, this insurance covers your deposit up to that limit of $250,000 if a bank fails, but it does not cover losses due to fraud and theft.

What FDIC Insurance Does and Does Not Cover

These deposit accounts are covered by the insurance up to the $250,000 limit:

  • Checking accounts
  • Savings accounts
  • Money market accounts
  • Certificates of deposit (CDs)

Important to note: The FDIC does not insure the money you invest in the following products, even if they were purchased from an FDIC-insured bank:

  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • Mutual fund shares
  • Life insurance policies
  • Annuities
  • Municipal securities
  • Safe deposit boxes or their contents
  • U.S. Treasury bills, bonds, or notes (these are backed by U.S. government)

How to Learn if Your Bank Is FDIC-Insured

To find out if your bank is insured by the FDIC, go to the BankFind Suite  on the FDIC website. The “Name & Location Search” allows you to find FDIC-insured banks and branches from today, to last year, and all the way back to 1934.

The FDIC offers another level of scrutiny for all who are interested. Through its Institutional Financial Reports , you can find these details on all FDIC-insured banks: locations, comprehensive financial reports, demographic reports, current data, and historical data going back to 1992.

Recovering the Money if Your Bank Is FDIC-Insured

Federal law requires the FDIC to pay deposit insurance “as soon as possible.” For insured deposits — those within the deposit insurance limits — the FDIC almost always pays insured depositors within a “few business days of a closing, usually the next business day.”

The FDIC says, “Payment is made either by providing each depositor a new account at another insured institution or by issuing a check to each depositor.” Note: the FDIC does not guarantee that if the funds move to a new bank they will earn the same interest rate.

The limited exceptions that may take longer to process “primarily are deposits that both exceed $250,000 and are linked to trust documents, and accounts established by a third-party broker on behalf of other individuals,” says the FDIC.

False rumors were spread in the past that people could be forced to wait up to 99 years to get their money back. The agency says, “The FDIC occasionally receives calls from depositors about this myth; it often comes from consumers who attended a financial seminar and heard that the FDIC can and will take up to 99 years to pay the depositor’s insured deposits after a bank is closed. This claim is false and entirely without merit.”

Understanding How the FDIC Works

You may wonder where the FDIC gets the money to cover lost accounts after a bank fails.

The FDIC says it receives no Congressional appropriations. It is “funded by premiums that banks and savings associations pay for deposit insurance coverage. The FDIC insures trillions of dollars of deposits in U.S. banks and thrifts — deposits in virtually every bank and savings association in the country.”

The FDIC directly supervises and examines about 5,000 banks and savings associations for “safety and soundness.” Banks can be chartered by the states or by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Banks chartered by states also have the choice of whether to join the Federal Reserve System. The FDIC is the primary federal regulator of banks that are chartered by the states that do not join the Federal Reserve System.

The FDIC also examines banks for compliance with consumer protection laws, including the Fair Credit Billing Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Truth in Lending Act, and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

The Takeaway

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was created by Congress in 1933 to maintain confidence in the American banking system and protect consumers if a financial institution fails. Most U.S. banks are covered by FDIC insurance, but the coverage typically only applies to accounts of $250,000 or less. Checking accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit are covered. Should an insured bank fail, the FDIC will restore those funds up to the limit within a short time.

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Inflation spiking your grocery bill? Here’s how to save

Inflation spiking your grocery bill? Here’s how to save

If you feel like grocery shopping has become more expensive, you’re not imagining things! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, food prices rose 2.6% in 2020. That’s the biggest increase in nearly 50 years.

Whether the pandemic is the reason you’re spending more on food or you’ve just never taken the time to figure out a money-saving strategy for your grocery bill, now is the perfect time to turn that around. These smart grocery bill hacks will save you time and help you keep your hard-earned bucks in your wallet without the hassle of clipping coupons. 

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Hands down, the easiest way to save thousands of dollars each year on your grocery budget is to get on board with meal planning. No matter the size of your family, when you take time to plan your meals you’ll always be ahead of the grocery game. Having a plan, and a shopping list to match, will not only save time, but you’ll be less inclined to buy things you don’t need. Bonus: You won’t have to waste gas on extra trips because you forgot to pick up a key ingredient.

Related: Online grocery shopping is here to stay. Here’s why

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A free meal planning app will eliminate the guesswork. Two of my favorites are Spoonacular, which syncs with your google calendar, and Yummly, where you can search for recipes based on meal course (such as entree or side), prep time, or fun new menu trends.

You don’t need to have tons of extra space in your home to have a well-stocked pantry. You know what your family loves to eat, so make sure you always have the basic ingredients (like pasta, rice, seasoning mixes, and more) on hand. If you always have the basics to whip a meal together, you’ll be less likely to opt for pricey take-out. So, before you make your weekly grocery list, shop your shelves first. What do you have that you could use in your meal plan this week? What’s running low?


Take advantage of sales to stock up. My rule of thumb for sale items is to buy one to use now and two for later. Just make sure you’re buying versatile, family-tested items you know you’ll use. Impulse items might end up abandoned on a pantry shelf long past their expiration date.

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My grandmother taught me early to take advantage of seasonal produce. Whether it was berry-picking season or time for autumnal root-veggies—nature always provided a palate of seasonal goodness. As tempting as it is to buy juicy strawberries in January, you’ll likely pay more for out-of-season produce. Pay attention to mother nature’s timetable.


Grocery stores have scales for a reason! I can’t tell you how many times I thought I could eyeball a bunch of cherries or a few heads of broccoli only to find that I bought way more than I needed.

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Your friendly grocer stocks the oldest products at the front of the shelves so they’ll get purchased before they expire. If you’re using that produce in a meal soon, go ahead and grab from the front. But if you’ll need to store your produce for a while, reach in and grab from the back to get something fresher that will last longer in your fridge or pantry.

Of course, fresh produce is great! But don’t be afraid to buy from the “reduced” section in your favorite store. Bell peppers, tomatoes, bananas—there is always something that needs to be used immediately. If you’re going to use bell peppers in tonight’s recipe, go ahead and get the ones that are marked down for a quick sale. They’ll still be fresh and tasty, but you’ll save money. You’ll also make sure that produce doesn’t end up wasted when your grocer has to discard it.


As tempting and timesaving as the pre-cut straw carrots or apple wedges are, you’re probably paying way too much for the convenience. Buy the whole fruit or veggie and take a few minutes to prep yourself.

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Freezing meals, leftovers, and fresh produce reduces waste and saves time and money, so keep the necessary supplies on hand. You’ll need sealable storage containers and bags. (Bonus points if they’re reusable—you’ll be both frugal and eco-friendly!) Have masking tape and markers on hand to date and label your items so you won’t have mystery contents taking up valuable space.  I keep a simple freezer inventory sheet on a magnet on my freezer where I note the date and the item that was frozen.

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Some surprising items that freeze beautifully: whole avocados, breadcrumbs in canisters or bags, dairy products such as cream cheese, sour cream, yogurt, shredded and sliced cheese, pancake mix, nuts, chocolate chips, hummus, or even premade peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Soups and sauces freeze well in Mason jars (be sure to leave one or two inches at the top of the jar for expansion.) Buy chicken breasts and other meats in bulk when on sale and slice and bag individually in marinades or plain. Even cake mixes and containers of frosting freeze well.

Related: Zero-waste grocery shopping. What it is & why you need it

Batch cooking means making a double batch of a favorite recipe. You serve one batch and freeze the other. This technique requires planning and some extra work up front, but the reward is having a variety of your family’s “go-to” recipes available in a pinch. Betty Crocker has a helpful article full of great tips: Thirty Day Batch Cooking. I learned about batch cooking during my early pregnancies. The time and energy, and indeed the money I saved by employing this technique, was priceless.

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Many come from the companies you already love.

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These are items reduced for a quick sale. They’re still safe to eat, of course. Or you can add them to your freezer stockpile.

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You’ll be able to take advantage of digital coupons or sales you didn’t see in your flier.

This is when most stores offer their weekly deals.

You’ll be able to see your order tally right before your eyes, and you won’t be as likely to make impulse purchases.

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This is like putting free money in your pocket every time you shop. Simply scan your receipts each time you shop and you’ll earn rewards and bonuses that you can cash in for gift cards at Amazon and your other favorite online shopping sites.

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Several years ago, I switched to shopping with cash. Knowing I have a set budget helps me stick to my grocery list. And speaking of grocery lists …

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You’ll buy stuff you don’t need and forget stuff you do! Pinterest has lots of free templates to get you started.

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