How are the assets of the DIF invested?

Massachusetts law and the DIF’s investment policies restrict the DIF to investments suitable for an organization that insures the public’s deposits, primarily U.S. Treasury and federal agency obligations, and obligations fully guaranteed by the U.S. government. DIF investments are regularly reviewed by its Board of Directors to assure conformity with both the law and DIF investment policies.

Is the DIF a federal or state agency?

No. The DIF is a private, industry-sponsored insurance company and is not backed by the federal government or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

How financially strong is the DIF?

No depositor has ever lost a penny in a bank insured by both the FDIC and the DIF. The DIF has approximately $500 million in assets. During the recession of the early 1990s, the worst financial period in the history of the Massachusetts savings bank industry, the DIF paid out more than $50 million to protect over 6,500 depositors in 19 failed member banks. Yet the DIF emerged from this period financially stronger than before the recession began.

How do I know if my bank provides DIF insurance coverage?

Most member banks display DIF signs on doors and at teller stations, and note their membership in advertisements and marketing brochures. Look for “Member FDIC / Member DIF.” If you are not sure, ask a customer service representative.

Does the DIF insure investments in bank mutual funds or annuities?

No. Both the FDIC and the DIF insure only bank deposits, and do not insure bank mutual funds or annuity products.

Are there any forms, applications, or special account titles required to receive full deposit insurance?

No. There are no forms, applications, or special account title requirements. Full deposit insurance protection works simply. You automatically receive this added insurance benefit when you make any deposit at a DIF member bank.

I am a depositor at an out-of-state branch of a DIF member bank. Are my deposits covered by DIF insurance?

Yes. Several DIF member banks have branches in neighboring states. As a depositor in a DIF member bank, your deposits are fully insured. DIF coverage is not affected by where a depositor resides or where a member bank branch is located.

Are all types of deposit accounts fully insured in a bank providing both FDIC and DIF insurance?

Yes. All types and classes of deposit accounts, both personal and business, are covered including savings accounts, checking and NOW accounts, certificates of deposit (CDs), money market deposit accounts, and retirement deposit accounts.

My bank displays both the FDIC and DIF logos. What does membership in these organizations mean?

As a member of both the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF), your bank provides full insurance for its customers’ deposits and accrued interest without limit or exception. Each depositor is insured by the FDIC to at least $250,000. All deposits above the FDIC insurance amount are insured by the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF).

Are my deposit accounts insured?

Yes. Each depositor is insured by the FDIC to at least $250,000. All deposits above the FDIC insurance amount are insured by the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF).

The DIF is a private, industry-sponsored excess deposit insurance company. Created by a special act of the Massachusetts legislature in 1932, the DIF began operations as a primary insurer in 1934. Today, the DIF insures all deposits in its member banks that are in excess of the FDIC limits.

DIF insurance is available only on deposits in Massachusetts-chartered savings and co-operative banks. By combining FDIC primary insurance and DIF excess deposit insurance, banks which are members of both organizations provide their depositors with full insurance.

For more a more detailed understanding of FDIC and DIF insurance please contact one of our banking representatives.

How do I make a deposit to my Needham Bank account from a remote location?

At Needham Bank, you can make deposits to your Needham Bank account via NB Mobile with Mobile Deposit, Remote Deposit Capture for businesses, Direct Deposit, Mobile or Online transfers between accounts, and directly through a Needham Bank ATM.

Are wire transfers possible to and from my NB Personal Checking account?

Yes. Funds can be transferred to and from accounts by wire transfer or via ACH (Automated Clearing House) debits or credits. Contact one of our Personal Bankers for details and applicable fees.

What types of savings accounts do you offer?

Needham Bank offers Money Market, Statement Savings and Passbook Savings Accounts. Please check out our Deposit Rates page for current rate information.