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FDIC Offers Tips for Keeping Costs Down on Checking and Savings Accounts


Aug 25 - New rules limit the fees banks and other financial institutions can charge on some services, so it's possible that the costs of other services, such as checking and savings accounts, could go up. The Summer 2010 issue of FDIC Consumer News, published by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, features ways that careful consumers may avoid unnecessary costs on their deposit accounts. Other timely topics include the permanent increase in the basic federal deposit insurance limit to $250,000 and personal finance advice for young adults.

As for keeping costs down on checking and savings, the FDIC's tips include the following basics:

The permanent increase in the basic federal deposit insurance limit from at least $100,000 to at least $250,000 per depositor was included in the new financial reform law adopted in July. Under prior law, the basic federal deposit insurance limit was set to revert back to $100,000 on January 1, 2014.

"With this permanent increase of deposit insurance coverage to $250,000, depositors with CDs (certificates of deposit) above $100,000 but below $250,000 will no longer have to worry about losing coverage on those CDs maturing beyond 2013," said FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair.

Other articles on deposit insurance discuss what to know and do if your bank has been closed, and how a special FDIC insurance rule protects customers with deposits over the $250,000 limit for at least six months after a merger or a closing. The FDIC's money tips for young adults stress the importance of creating a basic plan the sooner the better for boosting savings, controlling spending, building a good credit record and protecting against financial fraud.

The goal of FDIC Consumer News is to deliver timely, reliable and innovative tips and information about financial matters, free of charge. The Summer 2010 edition can be read or printed at The FDIC also is offering the article for young adults as a separate, two-page reprint. To print copies of that article in any quantity, go to

To find current and past issues of FDIC Consumer News, including special editions, visit or request paper copies by contacting the FDIC's Public Information Center toll-free at 1-877-275-3342, by e-mail to publicinfo(at), or by writing to the FDIC Public Information Center, 3501 North Fairfax Drive, Room E-1002, Arlington, VA 22226.

There are two ways to subscribe to the quarterly FDIC Consumer News. To receive an e-mail about each new issue with links to stories, go to To receive the newsletter in the mail, free of charge, contact the Public Information Center as listed above.

The FDIC encourages financial institutions, government agencies, consumer organizations, educators, the media and anyone else to help make the tips and information in FDIC Consumer News widely available. The publication may be reprinted in whole or in part without advance permission. Organizations also may link to or mention the FDIC Web site.