CDARS is one of the safest and smartest investment vehicles for investors looking to protect their large-dollar investments while earning CD-level returns. CDs placed through CDARS offer:
Currently, the FDIC insures up to $250,000 of a customer’s savings deposits in a given insurable capacity at an FDIC-insured depository institution.4
So, you can run around to multiple institutions to deposit your funds to receive the same coverage you can access using CDARS. Or you can place your large-dollar deposit with First Federal Bank of Lousiana– a member of the CDARS Network. Your deposit is divided into smaller amounts and placed with other CDARS Network members – each an FDIC-insured institution. Then, those member institutions issue CDs in amounts under the standard FDIC insurance maximum, so that your deposit is eligible for FDIC insurance at each member bank. By working directly with one financial institution –First Federal Bank of Louisiana– you can receive insurance through many.
Funds placed through CDARS are deposited only in FDIC-insured banks. We act as custodian for your CDARS deposits, and the sub-custodian for CDARS deposits is The Bank of New York Mellon (“BNY Mellon”), the largest custodian in the world with total assets of more than $22 trillion.5
Unique to CDARS, a depositor can obtain a confirmation of records maintained by BNY Mellon as sub-custodian in order to reconcile those records with the statements received from us. At any time, as often as desired, a depositor can obtain a certified statement from BNY Mellon that confirms the exact amount of his or her CDs, including principal balance and accrued interest, for each FDIC-insured institution that issues a CD through CDARS.
You can submit a request for the certified statement, along with BNY Mellon’s processing fee, through us. BNY Mellon will send the certified statement directly to you or to another party, such as an auditor, designated by you.
When we swap deposits with other CDARS Network members on a dollar-for-dollar basis, the same amount of funds placed through the Network returns to us. As a result, the total amount of your original deposit can remain with our bank and be used for local lending. (CDARS® ReciprocalSM transactions only.)
Your account information is protected; your relationship remains between you and First Federal Bank of Louisiana.
Most of the banks that have failed in the United States in recent years were not CDARS Network members or did not hold any CDARS deposits when they failed. When a Network member has failed, the bank’s CDs issued using CDARS in most cases have been transferred to a healthy institution – the FDIC’s preferred method for handling bank failures. In cases where the FDIC has been unable to find a healthy institution willing to accept such a transfer, it has arranged for the payment of the insured principal and accrued interest to the depositors. This payment has usually occurred in a matter of days.
Please go to http://www.fdic.gov/deposit/index.html to learn more about FDIC insurance.