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Puget Sound Bank Continues to be Rated 5 Stars by BauerFinancial

2011 June 8 by

June 8, 2011 – BauerFinancial maintained Puget Sound Bank’s Star rating at 5 Stars (“Superior”), its highest rating. BauerFinancial is an independent organization that has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of US banks since 1983. Institutions do not pay a fee to BauerFinancial for their ratings, nor can they avoid a rating.

BauerFinancial’s Star ratings are based on the call report data that all banks are required to file with the FDIC on a quarterly basis.

“Puget Sound Bank’s continued strong performance in 2011 reflects the many positive trends we have seen this year: strong capital and liquidity, robust local deposit growth and solid credit quality. We are pleased that our performance continues to be recognized by an independent third party organization,” said Jim Mitchell, president and CEO.

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Temporary Unlimited FDIC Coverage for Noninterest-Bearing Transaction Accounts (Including IOLTA Accounts)

2011 April 19 by

On December 29, 2010, President Obama signed into law an amendment to the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to include Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (“IOLTAs”) within the definition of “noninterest-bearing transaction accounts.”  On January 18, 2011, the FDIC Board of Directors issued a final rule to implement this amendment, and on January 21, 2011 the FDIC issued Financial Institution Letter FIL-2-2011 to provide further guidance on the matter to insured depository institutions. 

Please be aware that since the last version of the Frequently Asked Questions dated December 20, 2010, some questions have been added, deleted, and amended.  Specific references to the IOLTA changes are reflected in the following summary and in FAQs 2, 8, 17-25, and 33-36.

On November 9, 2010, the FDIC Board of Directors (the “Board”) issued a final rule (the “November Final Rule”) to implement Section 343 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“DFA”) that provides temporary unlimited deposit insurance coverage for noninterest-bearing transaction accounts at all FDIC-insured depository institutions (the “Dodd-Frank Provision”).  The separate coverage for noninterest-bearing transaction accounts became effective on December 31, 2010 and terminates on December 31, 2012.  The Dodd-Frank Provision and November Final Rule are discussed in Financial Institution Letter FIL-76-2010, issued November 9, 2010.  The November Final Rule is published in the Federal Register at 75 Fed. Reg. 69577 (Nov. 15, 2010).

In issuing the November Final Rule, the Board confirmed it would not extend the Transaction Account Guarantee Program (“TAGP”) beyond its sunset date of December 31, 2010.

On December 29, 2010, President Obama signed into law an amendment (the “December 29 Act”) to the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (as amended by Section 343 of the DFA) to include Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (“IOLTAs”) within the definition of “noninterest-bearing transaction accounts.”  As a result, IOLTAs will receive temporary unlimited insurance coverage at all FDIC-insured institutions (“IDIs”) from December 31, 2010 through December 31, 2012. 

On January 18, 2011, the Board issued a final rule (the “January Final Rule”) to implement the December 29 Act.  The January Final Rule is discussed in Financial Institution Letter FIL-2-2011, issued January 21, 2011. 

The Dodd-Frank Provision is similar to the TAGP, except that it does not include low-interest Negotiable Order of Withdrawal (“NOW”) accounts.  The Dodd-Frank Provision also differs significantly from the TAGP in that it applies at all IDIs with qualifying deposits. 

The January Final Rule requires that by no later than February 28, 2011, each IDI that offers noninterest-bearing transaction accounts must post prominently an amended notice (see FAQ 17) in the lobby of its main office, in each domestic branch and, if it offers internet deposit services, on its website.  The amended notice provides that noninterest-bearing transaction accounts are fully insured until December 31, 2012, and that IOLTAs are included in the definition of “noninterest-bearing transaction account.” 

The November Final Rule required IDIs participating in the TAGP on December 31, 2010 to notify IOLTA customers by mail that IOLTAs would not receive unlimited insurance coverage starting January 1, 2011.  The December 29 Act now includes IOLTAs in the definition of a “noninterest-bearing transaction account” entitled to temporary unlimited deposit insurance coverage.  Financial Institution Letter FIL-2-2011 encourages (but does not require) IDIs who were participating in TAGP and sent individual notices to IOLTA holders advising that those accounts would not receive unlimited insurance coverage to send a revised notice explaining that IOLTAs will be fully insured through December 31, 2012.  IDIs that have not already sent the individual notices need not send any such notice to IOLTA depositors.  See www.fdic.gov for more information.

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FDIC Phishing Alerts

2011 January 12 by

January 12, 2013 – The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports from consumers who received an e-mail that has the appearance of being sent from the FDIC. The e-mail informs the recipient that “in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, federal, state and local governments…” the FDIC has withdrawn deposit insurance from the recipient’s account “due to account activity that violates the Patriot Act.” It further states deposit insurance will remain suspended until identity and account information can be verified using a system called “IDVerify.” If consumers go to the link provided in the e-mail, it is suspected they will be asked for personal or confidential information, or malicious software may be loaded onto the recipient’s computer.

This e-mail is fraudulent. It was not sent by the FDIC. It is an attempt to obtain personal information from consumers. Financial institutions and consumers should NOT access the link provided within the body of the e-mail and should NOT under any circumstances provide any personal information through this media.

The FDIC is attempting to identify the source of the e-mails and disrupt the transmission. Until this is achieved, consumers are asked to report any similar attempts to obtain this information to the FDIC by sending information to alert@fdic.gov.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC’s Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2011/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

  Sandra L. Thompson
  Director Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

Note: Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC’s Public Information Center, 877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200.

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Puget Sound Bank Rated 5 Stars (“Superior”) By BauerFinancial

2010 December 10 by

December 7, 2010 – BauerFinancial has increased Puget Sound Bank’s Star rating from 4 Stars (“Excellent”) to 5 Stars (“Superior”), its highest rating. BauerFinancial is an independent organization that has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks since 1983. Institutions do not pay a fee to BauerFinancial for their ratings, nor can they avoid a rating. Please click here to access the BauerFinancial website: www.bauerfinancial.com.

BauerFinancial’s Star ratings are based on the call report data that all banks are required to file with the FDIC on a quarterly basis. Criteria used to determine a bank’s rating include but are not limited to: 1) the capital ratio (net worth to total assets), 2) liquidity, 3) profitability, and the level of delinquent loans.

Puget Sound Bank’s performance in 2010 reflects the many positive trends we have seen this year: strong capital and liquidity, robust local deposit growth and solid credit quality. We are pleased that our performance continues to be recognized by an independent third party organization.

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Notice of Changes in Temporary FDIC Insurance Coverage for Transaction Accounts

2010 November 11 by

November 11, 2013 – All funds in a “noninterest-bearing transaction account” are insured in full by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from December 31, 2010, through December 31, 2012. This temporary unlimited coverage is in addition to, and separate from, the coverage of at least $250,000 available to depositors under the FDIC’s general deposit insurance rules.

The term “noninterest-bearing transaction account” includes a traditional checking account or demand deposit account on which the insured depository institution pays no interest. It does not include other accounts, such as traditional checking or demand deposit accounts that may earn interest, NOW accounts, money-market deposit accounts, and Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (“IOLTAs”).

For more information about temporary FDIC insurance coverage of transaction accounts, visit www.fdic.gov.

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