What is a Deposit Insurance System?
Generally, it is a mechanism that provides protection to depositors of commercial
banks and other such deposit taking institutions upon the failure of these
Why establish a Deposit Insurance System?
A country may establish a deposit insurance system
for a number of reasons some of which include:-
- Provide protection for small unsophisticated depositors
- Enhance confidence and stability in the financial system
- Encourage savings and foster economic development
- Promote competition between small new banks and more established larger
There are several options available to establishing a deposit insurance system:-
- Narrow or Broad Mandate
- Voluntary or Compulsory Membership
- Limited or Full Coverage of deposits held
- Coverage of Local Currency deposits only, or both Local and Foreign Currency
- Member contributions can be a fixed percentage of deposits held or vary
according to the risk of failure for each member
Deposit Insurance systems across the globe incorporate some combination of
the above options in their design and execution.
Funding can be extracted from different sources including:-
- Privately supervised and funded
- Publicly supervised and funded or
- Combination of Private and Public
In addition to the foregoing, deposit insurance systems can be funded on either
an ex ante or ex post basis
Profile of the Deposit Insurance System in Trinidad and Tobago
The objective is to provide protection for small, unsophisticated depositors.
The features are:-
- Narrow Mandate (Paybox)
- Membership is Compulsory
- Limited Coverage of deposits held
- Combination of Private and Public Funding
- Coverage of Local Currency deposits only
- Member contributions are a fixed percentage of deposits held
Since its establishment in 1986, the DIC has paid insurance to depositors of
eight (8) failed institutions amounting to TT$219 million. Of the eighth failures,
two liquidations have been completed, one of which resulted in a surplus.