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US officials study ways to guarantee all bank deposits if crisis expands

One legal framework under discussion for expanding FDIC insurance would use the Treasury Department's authority to take emergency action and lean on the Exchange Stabilization Fund, the people said

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US officials are studying ways they might temporarily expand Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. coverage to all deposits, a move sought by a coalition of banks arguing that it’s needed to head off a potential financial crisis.
 
Treasury Department staff are reviewing whether federal regulators have enough emergency authority to temporarily insure deposits greater than the current $250,000 cap on most accounts without formal consent from a deeply divided Congress, according to people with knowledge of the talks.

Authorities don’t yet view such a move as necessary, especially after regulators took steps this month to help banks keep up with any

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First Published: Mar 21 2023 | 8:32 AM IST

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