In accordance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, from December 31, 2010, through December 31, 2012, all funds in “noninterest-bearing transaction accounts” are insured in full by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. This unlimited coverage is in addition to, and separate from, the coverage of at least $250,000 available to depositors under the FDIC’s general deposit insurance rules.
The term “noninterest-bearing transaction account” includes a traditional checking account (or demand deposit account) on which the insured depository institution pays no interest. It does not include any transaction account that may earn interest, such as a negotiable order of withdrawal (“NOW”) account, money-market deposit account, or Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (“IOLTA”), even if checks may be drawn on the account.
The temporary full insurance coverage of “noninterest-bearing transaction accounts” expires on December 31, 2012. After December 31, 2012, funds in noninterest-bearing transaction accounts will be insured under the FDIC’s general deposit insurance rules, subject to the Standard Maximum Deposit Insurance Amount of $250,000.
For more information about FDIC insurance coverage of transaction accounts, visit www.fdic.gov.