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Share Insurance Fund - Overview

Definition:
The National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) is the federal fund created by Congress in 1970 to insure member's deposits in federally insured credit unions. On July 22, 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law and includes permanently establishing NCUA’s standard maximum share insurance amount at $250,000. All deposit insurance resources reflect this higher level of coverage. Administered by the National Credit Union Administration, the NCUSIF is backed by the "full faith and credit" of the U.S. Government.
 
How the Fund is Financed:
The NCUSIF maintains at or near 1.30 percent of federally insured credit union deposits. By law, federally insured credit unions maintain 1 percent of their deposits in the NCUSIF and the NCUA Board can levy a premium if necessary. Credit unions voluntarily capitalized the Fund in 1985 by depositing 1 percent of their deposits into the Fund. No federal tax dollars have ever been placed in the credit union financial Fund, and no member has ever lost money insured by the NCUSIF.
 
Other Resources: 
For more information, check out the NCUSIF FAQs - it provides answers to some of the more common questions regarding the NCUSIF.  There is also the Tool Kit which contains various resources regarding NCUA’s share insurance protection.  If you're looking for more consumer-oriented information about NCUSIF, please visit MyCreditUnion.gov.

For more information:

NCUSIF - FAQs

NCUSIF - Tool kit

Web site - MyCreditUnion.gov