How They Work

ICS and CDARS

When you have deposits at a single bank in a single ownership capacity, then you have access to up to $250,000 in FDIC insurance at that bank. But by using ICS®, the Insured Cash Sweep® service, and CDARS®, you can access multi-million-dollar FDIC protection by working directly with just one bank - Security Federal Savings Bank.

Financial institutions like ours that offer Insured Cash Sweep and/or CDARS are members of the ICS Network and/or the CDARS Network. When you place a large deposit with your Security Federal using ICS or CDARS, that deposit is divided into amounts under the standard FDIC insurance maximum of $250,000 and is placed in deposit accounts at other ICS Network or CDARS Network banks. Funds are placed into demand deposit accounts (using the ICS demand option), money market deposit accounts (using the ICS savings option), or into CDs (using CDARS). By placing your funds in increments below the standard FDIC insurance maximum of $250,000, both principal and interest are eligible for FDIC insurance.

By working directly with just one participating bank - us - you can access FDIC coverage from many. And you can enjoy the convenience of receiving one monthly statement per service from your bank.

Diagram that provides an example of how ICS and CDARS Work: You have or set up a transaction account with your bank, sign the agreements, and deposit funds. Deposits are sent to deposit accounts at other ICS Network or CDARS Network member institutions as applicable in amounts under the standard FDIC insurance maximum of $250,000. The diagram shows a happy customer in a business suit beside an image of one bank and a stack of money. Dotted lines show the flow of the deposit from the one bank to Network member banks in increments of less than $250,000 in principal and interest.

When you're ready to take advantage of Insured Cash Sweep and/or CDARS, there are five easy steps to get started.

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1. You sign an ICS Deposit Placement Agreement (ICS DPA) and a custodial agreement.

2. You identify an existing transaction account (or set up a new one) to be used with each ICS option.

3. Funds are placed into deposit accounts at other ICS Network institutions using ICS in accordance with the ICS DPA.

4. Using an online tool specially developed for ICS, you can see where your funds are at all times along with balances and other important information.

5. You receive a monthly statement from your bank detailing ICS account activity.

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1. You sign an CDARS Deposit Placement Agreement (CDARS DPA) and a custodial agreement.

2. You deposit money with your bank.

3. Funds are placed using CDARS, and your CDs are issued by other CDARS Network institutions in accordance with the CDARS DPA.

4. You receive confirmation of your CDs from your bank.

5. You receive a monthly statement from your bank detailing CDARS account activity.

 
 
 
Placement of funds through the ICS or CDARS service is subject to the terms, conditions, and disclosures in the service agreements, including the Deposit Placement Agreement (“DPA”). Limits apply and customer eligibility criteria may apply. In the ICS savings option, program withdrawals are limited to six per month. Although funds are placed at destination banks in amounts that do not exceed the FDIC standard maximum deposit insurance amount (“SMDIA”), a depositor’s balances at the relationship institution that places the funds may exceed the SMDIA (e.g., before ICS or CDARS settlement for a deposit or after ICS or CDARS settlement for a withdrawal) or be ineligible for FDIC insurance if the relationship institution is not a bank). As stated in the DPA, the depositor is responsible for making any necessary arrangements to protect such balances consistent with applicable law. If the depositor is subject to restrictions on placement of its funds, the depositor is responsible for determining whether its use of ICS or CDARS satisfies those restrictions. ICS, Insured Cash Sweep, and CDARS are registered service marks of Promontory Interfinancial Network,  LLC.