Share accounts in federally insured credit unions are insured up to $250,000 - just as with FDIC coverage at banks. Generally, if a credit union member has more than one individual account in the same insured credit union, those accounts are added together and are insured up to $250,000.
However, shares maintained in different legal ownership capacities may each be separately insured, which means that you may be able to keep substantially more funds at the credit union - conveniently and safely - and still have every dollar protected by federal insurance. The examples below show some of the account combinations that can maximize your insurance coverage at one credit union.
Credit Union members can maximize their NCUA insurance coverage through various account ownership methods. We can help you get the maximum amount of insurance coverage that you are eligible for.
Here's an example: Joe and Jane Smith each have individual accounts, have a joint account, each have a POD account naming five beneficiaries, and each have retirement accounts. Here is how Joe and Jane can have up to $4,000,000 in one credit union covered by NCUA insurance:
The cost for this important credit union benefit is borne by credit unions. Your shares and savings are not only insured by this federal fund - the fund is also backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government. In fact, not one penny of insured savings has ever been lost by a member of a federally insured credit union.
Yes. If a member has accounts in several different insured credit unions, the maximum of $250,000 is applicable to share accounts in each insured credit union. In the case of a credit union having one or more branches, the main office and all branch offices are considered as one credit union.
Yes. Most credit union members will be concerned with four types of accounts. Each type of account receives insurance coverage separate from other accounts at the credit union. To determine how your accounts are covered, add up all account balances within each type and check if they are at or below the maximum coverage amounts listed.
Your credit union is ready to help you achieve maximum NCUA insurance coverage for your particular situation. We can show you how to maximize your coverage through various types of ownership and other means. Another helpful resource is the interactive NCUA Share Insurance Estimator.
1 Alternatively, Joe and Jane could have a joint revocable trust account naming any five beneficiaries and receive $2,500,000 in coverage. Assumes equal interests for each beneficiary.
The ownership categories shown above have specific requirements that must be met in order to receive the coverage indicated. Failure to meet these requirements will result in funds being aggregated, and insured to a maximum of $250,000. Information on these requirements may be obtained from the NCUA web site.