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Smart Way to Manage Cash Safely


In these heady up-and-down market days, it could be wise to keep some cash set aside. But then what? Do you just expose a $1 million deposit at one financial institution to risk because federal insurance only goes to $250,000 in the event of a failure?

Granted, bank failures are rare. But when they happen, any money over that FDIC insurance limit can be lost.
Luckily, there are a few ways around the $250,000 insurance cap. At Bankers Trust Co., Rebecca Moomey, vice president in private banking, said it’s easy to open several accounts and title them properly. For a married couple with children, dad can set up an account, mom can set one up, and then they can set up accounts for the benefit of childrenusing their Social Security numbers (FDIC caps go by Social Security numbers on accounts). So if there are three children, you can have five separate accounts, and get $1.25 million of insurance.
“We don’t see a lot of that,” said Moomey, but it’s an easy way to grab that insurance.

With, say, $2 million, you could track down eight banks and open eight separate accounts. But why go to all that effort when just one bank that participates in CDARSCertificate of Deposit Account Registry Serviceswill do the shopping for you?

This is how CDARS works: You go to a participating bank with this $2 million. The bank opens a certificate of deposit with no more than $250,000 in it, then links up to hundreds of other CDARS banks and automatically divvies up the remainder in $250,000 increments. The lead bank handles all paperwork, and there is no service charge for it.

A number of banks in Iowa offer CDARS, such as First American in Clive, or Lincoln Savings Bank, which has Des Moines-area branches. It’s a win-win for both depositor and bank, as CDARS is used by many banks both to attract deposits and to service high net worth individuals.

“It works fine,” said Doug Gulling, executive vice president at West Bank, another CDARS provider. He said accounts can be structured as CDs, or interest-bearing checking accounts, or money market accounts. A version called ICS covers sweep accounts.

Yet another way to gain security on cash deposits is a repurchase agreement (neither Bankers Trust nor West Bank offers them). Banks keep U.S. Treasury securities in their portfolios, and some will pledge these against deposits that exceed the FDIC insurance cap. Note that these “repo” agreements typically are done only for corporate accounts.
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Taking Your Phone When You Go Calling Abroad

When I telephoned real estate agent Dave Ryan last month to talk about buying property at Lake Panorama, there was a clicking sound on the line and then I heard a distinctly European ring tone. Turns out Ryan was not sitting in his office in Panora but traveling in Ireland.

A telephone is a Realtor’s trusty sidekick, nowadays even overseas. Depending on the carrier, you just contact them ahead of your travels, or they may even know when they sense you working your smart phone from an offshore address. They’ll ping you and ask if you wish to invoke their foreign travel package, and away you go. The daily cost is minimal.

Ryan said his phone in Ireland worked the same as it does in Iowacomplete voice service, and emails. Currency converter apps will help, as will a very worthwhile mapping service that will give you directions on unfamiliar roads (but will they constantly remind you to drive on the left side of an Irish roadway?). We found this to be most helpful last year during a driving trip through Greece, as road signs were in, uh, Greek. Our U.S. phone worked way better than the loser GPS system that came with the rental car.
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Just When Do Private Bankers Think You're Wealthy?

Just how rich is “rich"?

The answer, of course, depends on who’s asking—and these days, many are.

In rich-tropolises such as New York and London, 1 percenters moan that living on $500,000 a year feels Dickensian. With a pot of $40 million—and private schools, a Hamptons retreat, a horse and a charity to feed—a hedge funder on the Showtime drama “Billions” exclaims: “F---! I’m broke!”

Here, then, is a real answer, courtesy of the hush-hush world of private banking: $25 million.

Twenty-five million dollars in investible wealth. The kind of money you could afford to see dip into the red for a quarter or three, maybe even a year or two, without breaking a sweat. With $25 million, maybe, just maybe, you're starting to be rich.

Because in this era of hyper-wealth and hyper-inequality, that is simply where rich begins—a ticket, in truth, to the first, lowly rung of rich. For most of the planet, $25 million represents unfathomable wealth. For elite private bankers, it buys their basic service. Read the complete story from Bloomberg News by clicking here.
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Give Me One Good Reason to Switch Banks

There isn’t a soul on earth, nor in business, who relishes the idea of moving financial institutions. But perhaps it’s time for that to change. > FIND OUT

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