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The FDIC’s New Rule Claims “Five is Enough”

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Starting April 1, 2024, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has implemented a new rule for trust account insurance coverage. This rule, originally passed in January 2022, consolidates insurance coverage for different types of trust accounts into a single category called “Trust Accounts.”

Key Changes to Trust Account Coverage​

Consolidation of Trust Categories

  • The FDIC has merged irrevocable trust accounts (§330.13) and revocable trust accounts (§330.10) into a single category called “Trust Accounts”
  • This new trust account category will include formal revocable trusts (§330.10); informal revocable trusts (e.g., POD/ITF accounts from 330.10); and irrevocable trusts (§330.13)

Insurance Coverage Details

  • Each trust owner is now insured up to $250,000 per eligible primary beneficiary, with a maximum of five beneficiaries
  • An eligible beneficiary can be any living person or an IRS-recognized charity/non-profit
  • Only “primary” (not contingent) beneficiaries count toward the insurance coverage

The maximum number of five beneficiaries is the biggest change as shown below:

Carl Blog Fdic Trust Accounts


Implication of the FDIC’s New Rule​


The FDIC claims that this new rule simplifies the calculation of insurance coverage. However, it introduces a significant change by limiting the number of insured beneficiaries to five, affecting those with more than $1.25 million in trust assets.

Potential Motivations and Consequences​


Ultimately, this change aims to reduce the FDIC’s insurance coverage liability, possibly due to the Deposit Insurance Fund being below regulatory minimums as a percentage of insured deposits. As a result, bank executives will face challenges as trust attorneys, estate planners and financial advisors may need to spread trust accounts across multiple banks to ensure deposit balances remain federally insured.

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