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If you haven't read it, there is an article by Sheila Blair in USA Today. Blair is a chairwoman at the FDIC and also a senior adviser to the Pew Charitable Trusts. If you use a prepaid card, then this article is a must-read. If you are considering a prepaid card instead of a traditional bank account (e.g., checking and savings), then this article is a must read.

In her article, Blair explores the relationship between banks, prepaid cards, and FDIC insurance protection for consumers:

"Banks sometimes fail... because of insurance provided by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). When a bank fails today, its insured depositors never lose a dime. By design, the failing bank is usually taken over by another bank... In fact, nearly 500 banks failed during the financial crisis and its aftermath, and every single depositor had access to their insured money within one business day... But this seamless protection for insured depositors can be avoided by companies that offer "reloadable" prepaid cards, a rapidly growing product that many Americans use instead of conventional checking accounts..."

So, don't get "mugged" by your bank's prepaid card. Ask your prepaid card provider for a copy of the complete terms and conditions agreement for your prepaid card. To learn more, read the Prepaid Cards section of this blog.


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