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How CDARS® Works

Everything is handled through a CDARS Network member of your choice. Financial institutions that can offer CDARS are members of a unique network. When you place a large deposit with a CDARS Network member, that institution uses the CDARS service to place your funds into CDs issued by other members of the CDARS Network.

This occurs in increments below the standard FDIC insurance maximum ($250,000) so that both principal and interest are eligible for FDIC insurance. By working directly with just one institution, you can receive insurance coverage from many. And, you receive just one regular, consolidated account statement.

When you’re ready to take advantage of CDARS, here’s what happens:

You sign a CDARS Deposit Placement Agreement and a custodial agreement, and then invest money with a member of the CDARS Network (a relationship institution).

Your funds are placed using the CDARS service.

Your CDs are issued by other members in the CDARS Network.

You receive confirmation of your CDs from your relationship institution.

You receive consolidated interest payments and statements through your relationship institution.

For more information, watch the video How CDARS Works.

For general information, please check our FAQ page.

Limits apply. Funds may be submitted for placement only after a depositor enters into a CDARS Deposit Placement Agreement with a CDARS participating institution. The agreement contains important information and conditions regarding the placement of funds.

The CDARS service has been designed to satisfy the FDIC’s requirements for pass-through deposit insurance coverage.

If a depositor is subject to restrictions with respect to the placement of funds in depository institutions, it is the depositor's responsibility to determine whether the placement of its funds through CDARS satisfies those restrictions.

When deposited funds are exchanged on a dollar-for-dollar basis with other banks in the CDARS Network, the relationship institution can use the full amount of a deposit placed through CDARS for local lending, satisfying some depositors’ local investment goals or mandates. Alternatively, with a depositor's consent, the relationship institution may choose to receive fee income instead of deposits from other participating institutions. Under these circumstances, deposited funds would not be available for local lending.

CDARS is a registered service mark of Promontory Interfinancial Network, LLC.

CDARS Breakout

For more information, watch the video How CDARS Works.