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Banking History: Postal Savings Banks Vs. Enforced Insurance Of Deposits

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 5:39 PM
A reader emailed me this link at the Library of Congress of an audio file of William Howard Taft in 1908 before he was president in which he was advocating for a postal savings system instead of a deposit insurance system.

It's interesting to note that a postal savings system was established during Taft's term as president. It lasted until 1967.

According to this government history document, the postal savings systems paid 2% interest. The maximum allowable balance was $2,500 in 1918. This actually was fairly large. Based on this inflation calculator, that's equivalent to almost $40,000 in today's dollars.
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