Deposit Accounts are Protected by American Share Insurance
How Your Accounts are Insured at SF Fire Credit Union
American Share Insurance (ASI) is a non-profit corporation that provides primary and excess share or deposit insurance exclusively to Credit Unions. They insure each and every SF Fire Credit Union account of an individual member up to $500,000—without limitation to the number or nature of accounts held.
This coverage is comprised of $250,000 in “Primary Share” insurance with an additional $250,000 in “Excess Share” insurance. An example of how deposits at SF Fire are covered is illustrated in the table below:
|Member’s Accounts||ASI Primary Coverage||ASI Excess Coverage||Total Insurance|
|CD/Share Certificate #1||$250,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|CD/Share Certificate #2||$250,000||$250,000||$500,000|
For example, 20 account types = $10,000,000 of coverage to one member.
American Share Insurance (ASI) Insurance Facts
- No credit union member has ever lost money in any ASI-insured credit union account.
- ASI is a private deposit insurer founded in 1974 and is owned by its insured credit unions. Currently, over 1.2 million members belong to credit unions insured by ASI.
- ASI’s insured credit unions generally have little or no investments in mortgage-backed securities, nor do credit unions buy the types of exotic investments that have been associated with the failures of some of the nation’s largest investment firms, banks and thrifts during recent years. ASI’s insured credit unions hold little or no sub-prime mortgages, as confirmed by our numerous on-site field examinations.
- ASI’s equity ratio is greater than that reported by federal deposit insurance funds.
- A majority of ASI’s assets are held in cash and US government-guaranteed bonds and US Treasuries. ASI does not hold the types of investments that plagued many financial institutions and investment firms in recent years.
- ASI’s only business is to provide deposit insurance to credit unions… and only credit unions. ASI is selective as to who it insures. Not all credit unions that apply for coverage are accepted due to ASI’s strict underwriting standards. ASI-insured credit unions are examined regularly.
- ASI is licensed and dual regulated by the Ohio Department of Insurance and the Ohio Department of Commerce.
- ASI has always been and continues to be in good standing with the various insurance departments and regulators in all states of operation.
- ASI’s financial statements are audited annually by an independent CPA firm.
- ASI is not assigned an insurance industry rating by A.M. Best due to ASI’s structure as a mutual share guaranty corporation as opposed to a traditional insurance company. Financial data and other information are supplied to rating services for their review and analysis.
Who is American Share Insurance?
American Share Insurance (ASI) is a member-owned, non-federal deposit insurer. This institution is not federally insured or insured by any state government.
About American Share Insurance
American Share Insurance (ASI) is dual-regulated by the Ohio Department of Insurance and Commerce. Also, credit union examiners from each state in which ASI operates are invited to participate in a thorough annual exam of the company conducted by the Ohio Department of Commerce. The Ohio Department of Insurance conducts a cyclical statutory examination of ASI and a “big four” auditing firm annually certifies ASI’s financial statements.
ASI’s audited financial statements are available upon request from ASI by phone 800.521.6342. You can also submit your questions via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.