Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Charters and regulations of mutual savings banks

Mutual can be chartered by either the sates or the federal government. Moreover, state and federal governments also share responsibility for insuring their deposits. About 70 percent of all savings banks have their deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (up to $100,000); the remainders are covered by state insurance programs. Today, only 17 states permit the chartering of mutual within their borders, but these institutions are not bound by geography in raising funds or making loans and investment. Their mortgage-lending activities reach nationwide and occasionally even abroad to support the building of commercial and residential projects. The largest mutual savings bank in the United States is the Philadelphia savings fund society of Pennsylvania, which at year-end 1979 reported total deposited of almost $5.9 billion. Close behind was Bowery Savings Bank of New York City, with $4.7 billion in total deposits. Of the10 largest mutual in the United States, all but 3 are headquartered in the state of New York.

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