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Deposit insurance

Experiences from bank runs during the Great Depression led to the introduction of deposit insurance in the US.

Explicit deposit insurance is a measure implemented in many countries to protect bank depositors, in full or in part, from losses caused by a bank's inability to pay its debts when due. Deposit insurance systems are one component of a financial system safety net that promotes financial stability.


  • Why it exists 1
  • How it works 2
  • Overview by country 3
    • North America 3.1
      • United States 3.1.1
      • Canada 3.1.2
    • Caribbean and South America 3.2
      • Brazil 3.2.1
    • European Union 3.3
      • By EU country 3.3.1
    • Rest of Europe 3.4
      • Albania 3.4.1
      • Andorra 3.4.2
      • Belarus 3.4.3
      • Iceland 3.4.4
      • Liechtenstein 3.4.5
      • Monaco 3.4.6
      • Norway 3.4.7
      • Russia 3.4.8
      • San Marino 3.4.9
      • Switzerland 3.4.10
      • Turkey 3.4.11
    • British Isles Offshore 3.5
    • Australia and New Zealand 3.6
    • Asia 3.7
      • China 3.7.1
      • India 3.7.2
      • Hong Kong 3.7.3
      • Japan 3.7.4
      • Malaysia 3.7.5
      • Mongolia 3.7.6
      • Philippines 3.7.7
      • Taiwan 3.7.8
      • Thailand 3.7.9
  • Economic impact 4
  • Criticisms of State-Sponsored Deposit Insurance 5
  • Deposit insurance organizations and programmes 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10

Why it exists

Banks are allowed (and usually encouraged) to lend or invest most of the money deposited with them instead of safe-keeping the full amounts (see fractional-reserve banking). If many of a bank's borrowers fail to repay their loans when due, the bank's creditors, including its depositors, risk loss. Because they rely on customer deposits that can be withdrawn on little or no notice, banks in financial trouble are prone to bank runs, where depositors seek to withdraw funds quickly ahead of a possible bank insolvency. Because banking institution failures have the potential to trigger a broad spectrum of harmful events, including economic recessions, policy makers maintain deposit insurance schemes to protect depositors and to give them comfort that their funds are not at risk.

Deposit insurance was formed to protect small unit banks in the United States when branching regulations existed. Banks were restricted by location thus did not reap the benefits coming from economies of scale, namely pooling and netting. To protect local banks in poorer states, the federal government created deposit insurance.[1][2]

Many national deposit insurers are members of the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI), an international organization established to contribute to the stability of financial systems by promoting international cooperation and to encourage wide international contact among deposit insurers and other interested parties.

How it works

Deposit insurance institutions are for the most part government run or established, and may or may not be a part of a country’s central bank, while some are private entities with government backing or completely private entities.

There are a number of countries with more than one deposit insurance system in operation including Austria, Canada (Ontario & Quebec), Germany, Italy, and the United States.

On the other hand, one deposit insurance system can cover more than one country: for example, many banks in the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Puerto Rico are insured by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon will also be covered by a single system.

Overview by country

According to the IADI,[3] as of 31 January 2014, 113 countries have instituted some form of explicit deposit insurance up from 12 in 1974. Another 41 countries are considering the implementation of an explicit deposit insurance system.

North America

United States

In the antebellum period and the 1920s, various deposit insurance schemes were tried out. Those based on self-regulation via mutual liability were successful; compulsory state versions based were not.[4] A look at Texas in the years 1919–26 shows that the deposit insurance for state-chartered banks increased the likelihood of bank failure during the period.[5] The United States was the second country (after Czechoslovakia)[6] to establish a national deposit insurance scheme, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, during a Great Depression banking crisis in 1933.

A separate fund, the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) administered by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), was created in 1970 to insure deposits at credit unions.

In Massachusetts, the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF) insures deposits in excess of the FDIC limits at state-chartered savings banks.[7] In 1981, the General Law of Credit Institutions and Auxiliary Organizations provided for the creation of a fund to protect credit obligations assumed by banks.


Canada created the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) in 1967. It is similar to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in the United States. Since 1967, 43 financial institutions have failed in Canada and all were members of CDIC. There have been no failures since 1996. Information on the Canadian system is found at Insurance is restricted to registered member institutions, and covers only the first C$100,000 in very specific categories of accounts. Credit unions and Quebec’s caisse populaire system are not insured Federally, because they are created under Provincial charters and backed by Provincial insurance plans, which generally follow the Federal model. Funds in a foreign currency, not Canadian dollars, are not insured, such as a US dollar accounts even when held in a registered CDIC financial institutions. Guaranteed Investment Contracts with a longer term than 5 years are also not insured. Funds in foreign banks operating in Canada may or may not be covered depending on whether they are members of CDIC.[8] Some funds in the Registered Retirement Savings Plan or Registered Retirement Income Fund at their bank may not be covered if they are invested in mutual funds or held in specific instruments like debentures issued by government or corporations. The general principle is to cover reasonable deposits and savings, but not deposits deliberately positioned to take risks for gain, such as mutual funds or stocks.

The roots of this reform can be traced back to the 19th century, such as the Upper Canada’s financial problems of 1866, the North American panic of 1872 and the 1923 failure of Toronto’s Home Bank, symbolized today by Casa Loma. Historically, in Canada, regional risk has always been spread nationally within each large bank, unlike the uneven geography of US unit banking, layered with savings & loans of regional or national size, which in turn disperse their risk through investors. Generally speaking, the Canadian banking system is well regulated, in part by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (Canada), which can in an extreme case close a financial institution. That and Canada's tight mortgage rules mean the risk of bank failures similar to the US are much less likely.

Caribbean and South America


In Brazil, the creation of deposit insurance was authorized by Resolution 2197 of 1995, the National Monetary Council. This standard mandated the creation of a protection mechanism for credit holders against financial institutions, called "Credit Guarantee Fund" (FGC). Currently, the FGC is regulated by Resolution 4222 of 2013. The Fiscal Responsibility Act prohibits the use of public funds to finance the losses, so it is formed exclusively by compulsory contributions from the participating institutions. The warranty is limited to R$ 250,000 per depositor. More recently, the Guarantor Credit Union Fund (FGCoop) was created, in order to protect depositors of credit unions and cooperative banks. As the FGC, the FGCoop guarantees up to R$ 250,000 and consists of compulsory contributions of cooperatives and cooperative banks.

European Union

Directive 94/19/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 1994 on deposit-guarantee schemes[9] requires all member states to have a deposit guarantee scheme for at least 90% of the deposited amount, up to at least 20,000 euro per person. On October 7, 2008, the Ecofin meeting of EU's ministers of finance agreed to increase the minimum amount to 50,000.[10] Timelines and details on procedures for the implementation, which is likely to be a national matter for the member states, was not immediately available. The increased amount followed on Ireland's move, in September 2008, to increase its deposit insurance to an unlimited amount. Many other EU countries, starting with the United Kingdom, reacted by increasing its limit to avoid that people transfer savings to Irish banks.

In November 2007 a comprehensive report was published by EU, with a description and comparison of each Insurance Guarantee Scheme in place for all EU member states. The report concluded, that many of the schemes (but not all) had restricted the appliance of guarantees to retail consumers, usually private individuals, although Small or Medium-sized (SME) businesses sometimes also were placed into the retail category. Common for all schemes are, that they do not apply for big wholesale customers. The argument behind this decision is, that the big wholesale customers often are in a better position than retail customers to assess the financial risks of particular firms with whom they engage, or even able on their own hand to reduce their risk by using several financial banks/institutes. The report recommend this practice to continue, as the limiting of the scheme's to "retail customers (excl./incl. SME businesses)" help reduce the cost of the scheme while also helping to increase its available funds towards those who really depend on the guarantee – when being activated for protection of claimants in a certain case.[11]

By EU country

From October 2008, many EU countries increased the amount covered by their deposit insurance schemes. Since these amounts are typically encoded in legislation, there was a certain delay before the new amounts were formally valid.

Country Savings limit Coverage Valid since Deposit insurance organization Comments and previous amounts
Belgium EUR 100,000 (*) 100% Fonds de Protection / Beschermings Fonds / Protection Fund [12] Previously 20.000 EUR before 2009.
Bulgaria EUR 100,000 100% December 31, 2010 Bulgarian Deposit Insurance Fund Savings limit was EUR 51,129 in the period: April 15, 1998 – December 31, 2010. Effective from 31 December 2010, the limit is 196,000 BGN (100,000 EUR). Article 23 (7) of the Bank Deposit Guarantee Law says that the guaranteed amount for foreign currency deposits shall be paid out in Bulgarian levs (BGN) calculated using the Bulgarian National Bank's exchange rate on the first day of paying out of guaranteed deposits.
Cyprus EUR 100,000 100% September, 2000 Deposit Protection Scheme
Czech Republic EUR 100,000 100% Deposit Insurance Fund Previously (since 2002), the insured amount was 90% of deposits up to EUR 25,000; in 2008 it was increased to 100% of deposits up to EUR 50,000. Effective 2011, the limit was increased to EUR 100,000. Credit unions covered since 2006.[13]
Denmark Ordinary deposit guarantee scheme has applied since September 30, 2010, covers up to DKK750,000 100% Garantifonden for indskydere og investorer, The Guarantee Fund for Depositors and Investors
For the two-year period from October 5, 2008 to September 30, 2010 an unlimited governmental guarantee for deposits was added.[14][15]
Finland EUR 100,000 100% 1998 Deposit Guarantee Fund Increased from EUR 25,000 to EUR 50,000 on October 8, 2008[16] and to EUR 100,000 on January 1, 2011.[17]
France EUR 100,000[18] 100% 25 juin 1999 Fonds de Garantie des Dépôts (FDG) Unlimited state guarantee?
Following the Irish legislative change to unlimited state guarantee, and the German announcement of unlimited support, the French President declared on 13 October 2008 that "The government will not let any French bank fail",[19] in a speech that was posted on the official website This political commitment has so far held (rescue of the Franco-Belgian bank DEXIA)
Germany EUR 100,000 100% Jan 01, 2011
  • Private Banks: Entschädigungseinrichtung deutscher Banken GmbH (EdB)
  • Public Banks: VÖB-Entschädigungseinrichtung GmbH
  • Brokerage companies: Entschädigungseinrichtung der Wertpapierhandelsunternehmen (EdW)
The 4 banking associations run voluntary additional guarantee schemes, which go beyond the European minimum of EUR 100,000.
For instance for BdB member banks, "The protection ceiling for each creditor is 30% of the liable capital of the Bank..."[20]

An unlimited state guarantee was announced in October 2008 (and extended in July 2009). The legal details are nevertheless unclear.[21] "It is a political declaration" said Torsten Albig.[22]
Greece EUR 100,000 100% October 2008 Was 20,000 EUR, increased in October 2008
Hungary EUR 100,000 100% National Deposit Insurance Fund (NDIF)
Ireland EUR 100,000 100% The Deposit Guarantee Scheme (DGS) The Deposit Guarantee Scheme (DGS) protects depositors in the event of a bank, building society or credit union authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland being unable to repay deposits. Deposits up to €100,000 per person per institution are protected. The DGS is obliged to issue compensation to depositors duly verified as eligible within 20 working days of a credit institution failing. [8]
Italy EUR 100,000 100% March 24, 2011 (effective May 7, 2011) Fondo Interbancario di Tutela dei Depositi (FITD) Amount decreased from EUR 103,291.38 (ITL 200,000,000).[23]
Lithuania EUR 100,000 100% Valstybės įmonė "Indėlių ir investicijų draudimas" Previously (since 2002), the insured amount LTL 45,000 (EUR 13,032); in 2008 it was increased to 100% of deposits up to EUR 20,000. In 2009, the limit was increased to EUR 100,000. [24]
Malta EUR 100,000[25] 100% November 21, 2003 Depositor Compensation Scheme The Maltese Depositor Compensation Scheme is managed by a Management Committee which is appointed by the Malta Financial Services Authority (the single regulator for financial services in Malta). The Committee is made up of persons representing the MFSA, the Central Bank of Malta, investment firms, the banks and customers.[26]
Netherlands EUR 100,000[27] 100% October 7, 2008 Depositogarantiestelsel Before October 7, 2008 coverage was 100% of first EUR 20,000, 90% of next EUR 20,000 (hence a compensation of up to EUR 38,000).
Poland EUR 100,000 (corresponding amount in PLN)[28] 100% 30 December 2010 Bankowy Fundusz Gwarancyjny (BFG) Amount raised from EUR 50,000 on 30 December 2010
Portugal EUR 100,000 100% November 2008 Fundo de Garantia de Depósitos Amount raised from EUR 25,000 to EUR 100,000 in November 2008.[29]
Provisions of Decree-Law Article 166 says "According to article 12 of Decree-Law No. 211 – A/2008, of 3 November 2008, until 31 December 2011, the limit shall be increased from € 25,000 to € 100,000". Article 2 of the Decree-Law No. 119/2011 set the limit of €100,000 as permanent [30]
Slovakia EUR 100,000 100% 1 November 2008 Deposit Protection Fund Credit unions are not covered.[31]
Slovenia EUR 100.000 100% July 28, 2010 Slovene: Banka Slovenije, the central bank of the Republic of Slovenia [32]
The Bank of Slovenia joined the Eurosystem in 2007, when the euro replaced the tolar.
Spain EUR 100,000 100% 1998 Fondos de Garantía de Depósitos (FGD) Deposits guaranteed up to €100,000. Two separate schemes for retail banks and savings banks[33]
Sweden EUR 100,000 100% December 31, 2010 National Debt Office – Deposit Insurance From October 2008 to December 2010, amount was SEK 500,000.[34]
United Kingdom GBP 85,000 (75,000 from 1 January 2016) 100% Jan 01, 2011 Financial Services Compensation Scheme Amount raised from 35,000 to GBP 50,000 effective October 7, 2008. Before October 1, 2007 coverage was 100% of the first GBP 2,000 and 90% between 2,000 and GBP 35,000.[35]

Footnote: (*) According to Art. 7 (1a) of Directive 94/19/EC all EU Member States were expected to increase the amount to EUR 100,000 as of 31 December 2010. This is the case in all EU countries. For countries with non-EURO currency the limits are near to EUR 100,000 e.g. in UK it is GBP 85,000 which is near to that limit, depending on EUR-GBP rate.

Rest of Europe


Deposit insurance in Albania is handled by the Albanian Deposit Insurance Agency (Agjencia e Sigurimit të Depozitave) and covers deposits a maximum of 2.500.000 ALL (around 23.000 USD).[36]


Deposit insurance in Andorra is handled by the Institut Nacional Andorrà de Finances and covers deposits up to a maximum limit of 100.000 EUR made by natural persons and legal entities, irrespectively of their nationality or domicile.[37]


Deposit insurance in

  • The Moral Hazard Implications of Deposit Insurance
  • The Effect of Deposit Insurance on Risk-Taking
  • Kazakhstan Deposit Insurance Fund (KDIF)
  • Jordan Deposit Insurance Corporation (JDIC)
  • European Forum of Deposit Insurers (EFDI) (Europe)
  • Financial Services Compensation Scheme (United Kingdom)
  • Beschermingsfonds / Fonds de Protection / Protectionfund (Belgium)
  • National Debt Office – Deposit Insurance (Sweden)
  • Bulgarian Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF)
  • Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA) (Russian Federation)
  • Albanian Deposit Insurance Agency
  • Deposit Insurance Fund (Czech Republic)
  • Deposit Guarantee Fund (Finland)
  • Fonds de Garantie des Dépôts (FGD) (France)
  • National Deposit Insurance Fund (NDIF) (Hungary)
  • Fondo Interbancario di Tutela dei Depositi (FITD) (Italy)
  • Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (Turkey)
  • Depositors' Compensation Scheme (Isle of Man)
  • Deposits Guarantee FundFondos de Garantía de Depósitos (FGD) – (Spain)
  • Deposits Guarantee FundsFundo de Garantia de Depósitos (FGD) – (Portugal)
  • Deposit Protection of Swiss Banks and Securities Dealers (Switzerland)
  • Deposit Guarantee Schemes in Europe
  • Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) (India)
  • Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC)
  • Deposit Insurance Corporation of Japan (DICJ)
  • Malaysia Deposit Insurance Corporation (MDIC)
  • Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC)
  • Deposit Insurance of Vietnam
  • Hong Kong Deposit Protection Board
  • Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation (SDIC)
  • Central Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) (Taiwan)
  • Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC)
  • Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (DICO)
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • Instituto para la Protección al Ahorro Bancario (IPAB) (Mexico)
  • Fundo Garantidor de Créditos (FGC) (Brazil)
  • Fondo de Garantias de Instituciones Financieras (Fogafin) (Colombia)
  • Fondo de Seguro de Depósitos (Peru)
  • Instituto de Garantía de Depósitos (IGD) (El Salvador)
  • Jamaica Deposit Insurance Corporation (JDIC)
  • Autorité des Marchés Financiers (Québec)
  • National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) (USA)
  • Seguro de Depósitos Sociedad Anónima (SEDESA) (Argentina)
  • Corporación del Seguro de Depósitos (COSEDE) (Ecuador)
  • Deposit Protection Fund Board (Kenya)
  • Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)
  • Deposit Protection Board (DPB) (Zimbabwe)
  • International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI)

External links

  • Research and Guidance Committee (2006), "General Guidance to Promote Effective Interrelationships among Financial Safety Net Participants", IADI, January 2006
  • Research and Guidance Committee (2005), "General Guidance for the Resolution of Bank Failures", IADI, December 2005
  • Research and Guidance Committee (2005), "General Guidance for Developing Differential Premium Systems", IADI, February 2005
  • Asli Demirguc-Kunt, Baybars Karacaovali, Luc Laeven (2005), "Deposit Insurance Around the World: A Comprehensive Database", World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 3628, June 2005
  • Working Group on Deposit Insurance (2001), "Guidance for Developing Effective Deposit Insurance Systems", Financial Stability Forum, September 2001
  • Working Group on Deposit Insurance (2001), "Volume II: Guidance for Developing Effective Deposit Insurance Systems", Financial Stability Forum, September 2001
  • Mark D. Flood (1992), "The Great Deposit Insurance Debate", Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Review, July/August 1992
  • Carter H. Golembe and Clark Warburton (1958), Insurance of Bank Obligations in Six States during the Period 1829-1866, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Clark Warburton (1959), Deposit Insurance in Eight States During the Period 1908-1930, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Kaufman, George G. (2002). "Deposit Insurance". In  317650570, 50016270 and 163149563 OCLC  

Further reading

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  2. ^ Golembe, Carter (1960). "The Deposit Insurance Legislation of 1933: An Examination of Its Antecedents and its Purposes". Political Science Quarterly 75 (2): 181–200.  
  3. ^
  4. ^ Calomiris, Charles W. (1990). "Is Deposit Insurance Necessary? A Historical Perspective" (PDF).  
  5. ^ Hooks, Linda M.; Robinson, Kenneth J. (2002). "Deposit Insurance and Moral Hazard: Evidence from Texas Banking in the 1920s" (PDF).  
  6. ^ Padoan, Brenton, Boyd: "The Structural Foundations of International Finance: Problems of Growth and Stability", Edward Elgar Publishing, 2003, p. 117
  7. ^
  8. ^ CDIC Members, showing foreign entities such as HSBC, ING and UBS
  9. ^ Directive 94/19/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 1994 on deposit-guarantee schemes
  10. ^ International Herald Tribune, October 7, 2008: Europe seeks unified policy on bank crisis
  11. ^ "Insurance guarantee schemes in the EU: Comparative analysis of existing schemes, analysis of problems and evaluation of options" (PDF). Oxera. November 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Protection Fund for Deposits and Financial Instruments, accessed June 15, 2011
  13. ^ Deposit Insurance Fund – Czech Republic
  14. ^ (The Danish Banker's Association, October 6, 2008: The Danish financial sector and the Danish government agree on 2-year guarantee scheme for Danish banks)
  15. ^ (The Danish Banker's Association, October 6, 2008: The Danish Parliament has adopted the financial guarantee)
  16. ^ Deposit Guarantee Fund, accessed October 8, 2008
  17. ^ Deposit Guarantee Fund, accessed January, 2010
  18. ^ Fonds des garantie des depôts: FAQ, accessed Jan 01, 2011
  19. ^ L'Etat "ne laissera aucun établissement bancaire faire faillite" (official speech, closure of the Council of Ministers on 13/10/2010)
  20. ^ By-law of the deposit protection fund of the BdB, June 2010
  21. ^ BBC Business Editor's blog, accessed October 8, 2008
  22. ^ Germany's guarantee of bank deposits held by private savers is a ``political step meant to boost confidence in the banking system, the government said, ruling out any parliamentary moves to back up the pledge in law
  23. ^ Fondo Interbancario di Tutela dei Depositi: Deposit Guarantee, accessed November 8, 2011
  24. ^ Indėlių ir įsipareigojimų investuotojams draudimo įstatymo 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 18, 20, 21, 26 straipsnių bei priedo pakeitimo ir papildymo ir 28 straipsnio pripažinimo netekusiu galios ĮSTATYMAS
  25. ^ Depositor Compensation Scheme, accessed April 14, 2015
  26. ^ General Information about the Depositor and Investor Compensation Schemes, accessed April 14, 2015
  27. ^ Deposit guarantee scheme, accessed November 15, 2014
  28. ^ Bankowy Fundusz Gwarancyjny: Bank Guarantee Fund, accessed April 10, 2011
  29. ^ Fundo de Garantia de Depósitos: Deposit Guarantee Fund, accessed November 3, 2008
  30. ^
  31. ^ Deposit Protection Fund – Slovakia
  32. ^ Deposit Guarantee Scheme – Bank of Slovenia, accessed June 9, 2010
  33. ^ Fondos de Garantía de Depósitos: Money Deposits Guaranteed, accessed May 23, 2010
  34. ^ National Debt Office, October 6, 2008: Expanded deposit insurance
  35. ^ Financial Services Compensation Scheme: Deposit claims FAQs, accessed October 6, 2008
  36. ^ [9], accessed on September 9, 2014
  37. ^ Non official translation of the consolidated text of the Law 1/2011 of 2nd February for the creation of a deposit guarantee scheme for banks modified by Law 10/2013 on the INAF Download, accessed on October 12, 2014
  38. ^ Deutsche Welle, accessed on September 1, 2010
  39. ^ Depositors’ and Investors’ Guarantee Fund, accessed on February 4, 2009
  40. ^ Fact sheet, accessed on October 12, 2014
  41. ^ FGD Bank Search, accessed on October 12, 2014
  42. ^ The Norwegian Banks' Guarantee Fund, accessed on October 9, 2008
  43. ^ (English) Federal law on insurance of housenhold deposits in banks of the Russian Federation, full text
  44. ^ (English) Deposit insurance agency, DIA official site
  45. ^ (English) Banking and Deposit Insurance in Russia. World Bank, 2006, p.14 [10]
  46. ^ (English) Results of DIA Activities in 2007 and DIS Development Issues DIA official site
  47. ^ Arrest over Russian banker murder. BBC, January 15, 2007
  48. ^ Regolamento in materia di Fondo di Garanzia per la Tramitazione, accessed on October 12, 2014
  49. ^ [11]"Deposit Protection of Swiss Banks and Securities Dealers"
  50. ^ FINMA
  51. ^ Tasks and Duties (in English)
  52. ^
  53. ^
  54. ^ "Tynwald Approves Raising of £50,000 Savings Guarantee", Isle of Man Today (9 October 2008). Retrieved on 2008-10-12; "Isle of Man Pledges Action on Kaupthing Collapse", Isle of Man Today (10 October 2008). Retrieved on 2008-10-12; Lewis, Paul (11 October 2008). "Offshore Icelandic Funds At Risk", BBC News. Retrieved on 2008-10-12.
  55. ^
  56. ^ "Questions & Answers about the Guarantee on Deposits". 
  57. ^ "Deposit guarantee scheme introduced". Reserve Bank of New Zealand. 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  58. ^ "Deposit guarantee scheme extended". Reserve Bank of New Zealand. 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  59. ^ [12]
  60. ^ Coverage-Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia
  61. ^ Enerelt Enkhbold, 2011. "Market Discipline and Mongolian Depositors". Research Gate.
  62. ^
  63. ^
  64. ^ Sebastian Schich (July 2008). "Financial turbulence: some lessons regarding deposit insurance" (PDF). Financial Market Trends. OECD. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  65. ^ Jeffery Rogers Hummel (July 1989). "Privatize Deposit Insurance". The Freeman. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  66. ^ a b Enerelt Enkhbold and Batnairamdal Otgonshar (June 2013). "The Effect of Deposit Insurance on Risk Taking in Asian Banks". Asian Journal of Finance & Accounting.  


Related topics

See also

These are the Crown or State run deposit insurance corporations

Deposit insurance organizations and programmes

In the Asian context, the 2013 study finds that the state-funded deposit insurance funds allow Asian banks to take a higher risk.[66] Meanwhile, it also suggests that Asian governments should encourage private sector involvement in deposit insurance schemes and define optimal levels of the insurance coverage and risk-adjusted premium.[66]

The Bibby plan which gets round the problem of moral hazard while still preventing bank runs would be that the state should provide deposit insurance, but the banks will pay regular premiums to the state reflecting the extent of the deposit insurance (which could be at the choice of the banks) and also the inherent risk in that particular bank. This would allow some element of differentiation between banks in level of riskiness and in the level of insurance offered.

If deposit insurance is provided by another business or corporation, like other insurance agreements, there is a presumption that the insurance corporation would charge higher rates to or simply refuse to cover banks who engaged in extremely risky behavior,[65] thus solving the problem of moral hazard whilst simultaneously reducing the risk of a bank run.

Detractors of federal deposit insurance claim the schemes introduce a moral hazard issue, encouraging both depositors and banks to take on excessive risks.[64] Without deposit insurance, banks would compete for deposits because depositors would prefer safe banks over risky banks to guard their money. With deposit insurance, banks can take excessive risks because depositors do not fear for their deposits safety and thus do not move their money to safer banks. The risks are shared by all banks, be they safe or risky. There are several examples where bank managers have made big money by lending money at high interest rates to risk customers, such as real estate speculation, and the government needed to bail out the banks, while the managers kept their money and found new jobs.

Criticisms of State-Sponsored Deposit Insurance

Deposit insurance enables banks to increase the money supply, without it underfunded banks might suffer a bank run which is prevented by the insurance. This encourages inflation.

Passive foreign investment in a nation state’s finance system allows for more lending to be made when global finance system conditions constrict the amount of lendable money. There has been substantial research done over the years on the impact on foreign investment of bank deposit insurance schemes.

Having a bank deposit insurance scheme (for all practical purposes) guarantees that a nation state will more likely have a higher rate of passive foreign investment (within the margin of insurable amount).

When a nation state has a deposit insurance scheme, foreign investors (aka non-resident bank depositors) are more likely to passively deposit larger amounts of money in the banks of said nation state (that has a bank deposit insurance scheme).

Economic impact

The complete deposit protecion system was introduced in Thailand by the establishment of the Deposit Protection Agency (DPA) on 11 August 2008, in accordance with the Deposit Protection Agency Act B.E. 2551. The objectives of the Agency as specified by law are providing protection to deposits in financial institutions system; administration of institutions subject to control under the Financial Institutions Businesses Act and liquidation of financial institutions whose licenses have been revoked. Deposit in Thailand was fully guaranteed until 10 August 2011. From 11 August 2011 until 10 August 2012, the coverage dropped to 50 million baht per depositor per bank. Since then coverage has been limited to THB one million per depositor per bank.[63]


Deposits in the Taiwan up to NT$3,000,000 is covered by the Central Deposit Insurance Corporation. It was raised from the previous insurance coverage of NT$1,500,000. (or equivalent in dollar or other foreign currency).


Deposits in the Philippines up to PHP500,000 is covered by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation [PDIC]. It was raised from the previous insurance coverage of PHP250,000.


On 10 January 2013, the Parliament of Mongolia adopted the Law on Insurance for Bank Deposits that establishes a mandatory insurance scheme for the protection of bank monetary deposits.[62]

During the 2007 global financial crises, Mongolia extended blanket guarantee to protect all bank deposits. At the time the guarantee coverage was 1.7 times higher than the state budget of the country.[61]


Malaysia introduced its Deposit Insurance System in September 2005. Malaysia Deposit Insurance Corporation (MDIC) (Malay: Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM)) is a statutory body formed under the Malaysia Deposit Insurance Corporation Act (Akta Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia). All commercial and Islamic banks, including foreign banks operating in Malaysia, are compulsory member institutions of PIDM. The maximum coverage limit is RM250,000 per depositor per member institution. Islamic accounts, joint accounts, trust accounts and accounts of sole proprietorships, partnerships or persons carrying on professional practices are separately insured up to the RM250,000 limit. For more information about MDIC, visit MDIC's website at [60]


Deposit Insurance Corporation of Japan, founded in 1971 and based in Tokyo, oversees this function for institutes other than agricultural and fishery co-operative . For agricultural and fishery co-operative and Norinchukin , Agricultural and Fishery Co-operative Savings Insurance Corporation oversees this.


Hong Kong Deposit Protection Board is an independent and statutory institution formed to manage and supervise the operation of Deposit Protection Scheme. The maximum protection amount of deposit was HK$100,000 in 2006 (when the Hong Kong Deposit Protection Board was set up), it is now with a limit up to HK$500,000 (or equivalent in RMB or other foreign currency).

Hong Kong

India introduced Deposit Insurance in 1962. The Deposit Insurance Corporation commenced functioning on January 1, 1962 under the aegis of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). 1971 witnessed the establishment of another institution, the Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Ltd. (CGCI). In 1978, the DIC and the CGCI were merged to form the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC).


China recently introduced preliminary proposals for a bank deposit insurance system, which will eventually cover all individual bank accounts for up to $81,000. While the vast majority of Chinese savers hold far less than the maximum, and the central bank has calculated that 99.6% of depositors will be protected in full. The plan is expected to take effect in January, 2015, and is intended by Chinese officials to increase certainty and help customers better assess risks and protect the nation's financial stability in the event of a crisis. China has one of the world’s biggest deposit bases and as of October, bank deposits totaled about $18.2 trillion.[59]



New Zealand announced the Crown Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme, an opt-in scheme for retail deposits on October 12, 2008.[57] An extension to the scheme was announced on 25 August 2009 and the scheme ran until 31 December 2011.[58] From 1 January 2012 bank deposits in New Zealand are not protected by the Government.

The Australian Prime Minister announced on October 12, 2008 that, in response to the Economic crisis of 2008, 100% of all deposits would be protected over the subsequent three-year period. This was subsequently reduced to a maximum of $1 million per customer per institution. This measure comes on top of existing mandates of APRA and ASIC to monitor Australian banks and deposit taking authorities to ensure that their risks do not compromise the safety of depositors funds. On 11 September 2011, it was announced that the guarantee would fall to $250,000, effective 1 February 2012.[56]

The last bank failure in which Australian depositors lost money (and then only a minimal amount) was that of a trading bank, the Primary Producers Bank of Australia, in 1931 (Fitz-Gibbon and Gizycki 2001). Since the early 1930s, banking sector problems have been resolved without losses to depositors.[55]

Australia and New Zealand

The Isle of Man bank depositors' insurance scheme was introduced in 1991, to cover 75 percent of the first £15,000 per depositor per bank, but it was the October 2008 crisis-stricken Icelandic government's seizure of Kaupthing Bank hf in Iceland after the United Kingdom suspended the trading licence of Kaupthing's British subsidiary that compelled a radical revision of deposit insurance in the Isle of Man. Unable to secure reserves held by Kaupthing hf in Iceland or Kaupthing's British subsidiary to facilitate customer withdrawals, Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander (Isle of Man) Ltd. saw its Isle of Man banking licence suspended after operating less than a year, compelling the firm to request to be wound up. The Isle of Man government called an emergency session of the Tynwald parliament which voted unanimously to bring the Isle of Man depositors' compensation scheme into line with the newly enlarged scheme in the United Kingdom, guaranteeing with immediate effect 100 percent of the first £50,000 per depositor per bank, and studying amendments for the subsequent inclusion within the scheme of corporate and charitable accounts. The Isle of Man government also pressed the Icelandic government to honour Kaupthing hf's irrevocable and binding guarantee of all depositors' funds held by Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander (Isle of Man) Ltd.[54]

In response to the financial crisis in 2008, both Guernsey and Jersey introduced deposit compensation schemes. The Guernsey scheme was enacted in November 2008 [52] and offers compensation of up to £50,000 per depositor, subject to an overall cap of £100 million in any five-year period. The scheme does not cover company or, with minor exceptions, trust accounts. The Jersey scheme was enacted in November 2009 [53] and offers a similar level of protection.

British Isles Offshore

Deposit insurance in Turkey is handled by Savings Deposit Fund Insurance (Tasarruf Mevduatı Sigorta Fonu) and covers a maximum of 100,000 TL.[51]


For further information see the FAQ at

It had covered depositors in 1993 in the case of the failure of Spar- und Leihkasse Thun SLT, Thun. The next cases happened in 2007 with the liquidation of AB FIN SA (a securities dealer) in Lugano and with Kauphting (Luxembourg) SA, Geneva branch which was closed on October 9, 2008. Clients of this bank received the payments (at the time up to CHF 30 000 per customer) within three weeks.

Switzerland has a privately operated deposit insurance system called Deposit Protection of Swiss Banks and Securities Dealers.[49] It guarantees up to CHF 100 000 per bank customer per bank. Membership is compulsory for all banks and securities dealers that are regulated by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).[50] See the list of members of the Deposit Protection of Swiss Banks and Securities dealers at


Deposit insurance in San Marino is handled by the Central Bank of San Marino and covers deposits up to 50.000 EUR.[48]

San Marino

The agency is set up as a state-owned corporation, managed jointly by Central Bank and the government of Russia. DIA membership is mandatory requirement for any bank operating with private investors' money. Central Bank of Russia used admission of banks into DIA system to weed out unsound banks and money launderers. The murder of Andrey Kozlov, the Central Bank executive in charge of DIA admission, was directly linked to his non-compromising attitude to money launderers.[47]

Russia enacted deposit insurance law in December 2003 and established the national deposit insurance agency (DIA) in 2004.[43][44] Until 2004, Russian banking system was divided: obligations of state-owned Sberbank were guaranteed by law, while other banks were not insured in any way, creating an unfair advantage for Sberbank.[45] The law addresses only individuals' deposits. Maximum compensation is limited to 700,000 roubles (equivalent to 23,000 US dollars or 17,000 Euro at February 2009 exchange rate). As at January 2008, DIA funds exceeded 68 billion roubles (2.8 billion US dollars). There were 15 "insured events" (bankruptcy cases involving DIA intervention) in 2007 with resulting payout reaching 350 million roubles.[46]


Deposit insurance in Norway is handled by the Norwegian Banks' Guarantee Fund (Bankenes sikringsfond) and covers deposits up to 2 million NOK.[42]


Banks operating in Monaco participate in the French deposit guarantee scheme, i.e. the Fonds de Garantie des Depôts (FGD), on the same conditions as French banks.[41]


Deposit insurance in Liechtenstein is handled by the Liechtenstein Bankers Association and covers deposits up to 100.000 CHF.[40]


Deposit insurance in Iceland is handled by Depositors' and Investors' Guarantee Fund (Tryggingarsjóður) and covers a minimum of 20 887 euros.[39] However, the fund was drastically insufficient to cover the bank failures of the 2008–2012 Icelandic financial crisis, particularly Icesave. This case shows the limits of deposit insurance in protecting against systemic failure (as opposed to the collapse of a single bank or other institution), especially when a small country offers banking to international customers.



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