Credit Union Share Insurance Fund
The share insurance at VA & Military is similar to deposit insurance
provided by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the
Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC). Share accounts
in federally insured credit unions are insured up to $100,000, an amount
equal to the insurance protection offered by the FDIC and FSLIC. Generally,
if a credit union member has more than one account in the same insured
credit union, those accounts are added together and are insured up to
$100,000. There are exceptions, however. If a member has a regular share
account and an Individual Retirement Account in the same credit union,
each account is insured up to $100,000. The NCUA Insurance booklet gives
a more detailed explanation of insurance coverage.
Not one penny of insured savings has ever been lost by a member of a
federally insured credit union. The federal insurance fund has several
programs to help insured credit unions which may be experiencing problems,
and liquidations or failures are usually done only as a last resort.
If a federally insured credit union does fail, however, the National
Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) will normally make any necessary
payouts within two weeks of the time the credit union closes its doors.
Insured credit unions are required to deposit and maintain 1% of their
insured shares in the NCUSIF. The fund is currently at the strongest
and best reserved level in its history. Historically, deposit insurance
funds strive for a ratio of equity to insured savings of a least 1%.
NCUSIF ration of equity to insured savings ranges from 1.25% to 1.30%.