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Are Credit Unions FDIC Insured?

For revocable trusts, the NCUA says that the "person who holds the power of revocation is deemed to be the owner of the funds in the account."

Things can get even more complicated for joint revocable trust accounts. The bottom line, is that you should discuss any share balances in trust accounts with credit union staff to make sure you have a clear understanding of what is insured.

Retirement accounts: If you have an individual retirement, or IRA, account at a credit union, the IRA is separately insured from your non-IRA accounts, for a total of up to $250,000. Traditional IRA, Roth IRA balances in the name of the same individual are added together and insured for a maximum of $250,000. Keogh retirement accounts are insured separately, so if you have $250,000 in traditional IRA and/or Roth IRA shares, plus a $250,000 Keogh account in the same NCUA-insured credit union, the total insured shares are $500,000.

Business accounts: Accounts in the name of a corporation, partnership or association is separately insured to an aggregate limit of $250,00, provided the organization "is engaged in independent activity," which is defined by the NCUA as "an activity other than one directed solely at increasing insurance coverage." So don't get cute

-- Written by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter, Fla.

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Philip W. van Doorn is a member of TheStreet's banking and finance team, commenting on industry and regulatory trends. He previously served as the senior analyst for TheStreet.com Ratings, responsible for assigning financial strength ratings to banks and savings and loan institutions. Mr. van Doorn previously served as a loan operations officer at Riverside National Bank in Fort Pierce, Fla., and as a credit analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, where he monitored banks in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Mr. van Doorn has additional experience in the mutual fund and computer software industries. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Long Island University.
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