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The FDIC Reserve Is Gone.
The cash reserves needed for the FDIC to keep paying depositors at failed banks has all been used up. Don't panic (yet anyways), the FDIC has an open credit line to the Treasury Department (uh, that means us tax payers) that will keep the FDIC floating in cash to keep paying out money to Grandma and Grandpa at the failed banks.
You see, the FDIC is supposed to be self maintaining, it charges banks a fee to have their deposits insured. Think of it as the banks paying an insurance premium. That money goes into the FDIC kitty and is used to pay depositors when a bank fails. That is all well and good except when the financial system blows up like it has over the past 2 years.
As of today's quarterly report issued by the FDIC they are now broke, and I mean that in the literal sense.
FDIC deposit insurance fund now -$8.2B v $10.4B last quarter
Yep, they are broke, no money left in the cash drawer. So what now? As long as the FDIC has an open credit line with the Treasury then any bank that fails it will be the taxpayers who reimburse Grandma and Grandpa.
Think of it this way: you have a checking account at (let's pick a name out of the air) #tyBank and they get closed by the FDIC. Your very own money will be reimbursed to you via the FDIC insurance fund, but you will actually be paying yourself back in part because taxpayers will be on the hook to keep the FDIC floating in funds. So in the end you still lose some money.
FDIC Expected to Ask Banks to Prepay $36B in Fees -
It would be the first time the FDIC has required prepaid insurance fees. Under the plan, banks would have to pay in advance their insurance premiums for 2010-2012, bringing in ...
Originally posted by Raud
Okay...and on the news this morning, financial experts said the recession is turning now and that the Amercian economy will rise over the next three years.
I am very sorry, but I just can't see that happening.
Originally posted by ziggy1706
Has the FDIC ever gone bankrupt before? Or is this the first time?
By and large, the government's insurance system worked until the 1980s, when thrifts went on a commercial real estate lending binge, triggering a wave of failures and consolidation that lasted from 1984 to 1992.
In 1991, Congress changed the way FDIC premiums were assessed, requiring banks to pay rates based on how well capitalized they were for the risks they faced. As bank failures subsided to less than a dozen a year by 1995, the FDIC's reserves began to swell.
As a result, the agency cut to zero the premiums it charged to the 90 percent of the banks deemed safest. That free ride continued for 10 years.