Failed Oregon Bank Resets CD Rates Downward

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When Silver Falls Bank in Oregon failed,the acquiring bank, Citizens Bank of Corvallis lowered depositor CD rates from 4% to 1%. That's the hazard of going with a less sound bank.

When Silver Falls Bank in Oregon failed,the acquiring bank, Citizens Bank of Corvallis lowered depositor CD rates from 4% to 1%.  All deposits (except for brokered CDs) were purchased and protected, even if customers held above $250,000.  But the downside is that the rich rates they had locked in with Silver Falls Bank CDs were gone.

Often, depositors dismiss bank soundness, figuring that if a bank fails the FDIC will insure their cash anyway.  And as we've seen, the FDIC is quick to compensation depositors and make them whole.  In most cases users never even lose access to their funds.  But the downside is that the acquiring bank has the right to rip up CD contracts and offer new, often lower rates.

From an article in OregonLive.com.

"In receiverships or bankruptcies, all prior contracts are null and void unless they're reaffirmed," said Richard Renken, program manager for banks and trust at the Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities.

However, Citizens was required to notify Silver Falls customers of any rate change and give them time to cancel their CD agreements without penalty, Renken said. The bank did so."

While Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase are honoring CDs they took over from Wachovia and Wamu, this isn't required and doesn't always happen.  As we see here, it may be worth questioning whether that great long-term CD rate you are getting will hold if a bank fails.   

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