What about my savings at these institutions? Do I need to worry and move my savings to bigger banks, which offer worse saving rates in general?
— Greg Golden
Knowing the limits of FDIC and NCUSIF insurance is important. The federal government has raised the ceiling on insured deposits for some retirement accounts but not for nonretirement accounts. Here’s what the FDIC publication, ” Your Insured Deposit,” says about the change:
The increased insurance limit for certain retirement accounts also applies to NCUSIF insured funds. (Editor’s note: As of October 2008, FDIC insurance covers deposits up to $250,000 per account. This limit is due to expire on December 31, 2013.)
You can compare rates for the highest yields on deposit accounts at Bankrate. The search results will also provide you with Bankrate’s Safe & Sound bank safety ratings.
If two banks offer the same yield, then it makes sense to go with the one with the higher safety rating. But don’t forget that there’s more to banking than a high yield. Convenience and cost are two other factors that spring to mind. Picking up an extra .01 percent on $10,000 gets you an extra $1 per year. A couple of stamps negate most of that increase.
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