Banks covet deposits because of this year's failures of IndyMac Bank, Washington Mutual Inc.'s banking operations and other institutions. Bank executives have been rattled by those seizures and the woes of beleaguered banks such as Wachovia Corp. and National City Corp., from which panicky customers yanked their money. Many lenders are now ratcheting up rates to shore up their deposits.
However, we may not see too many great deals from weak banks:
In recent weeks, federal regulators have intensified their scrutiny of bank deposits. Among other things, they are examining the rates banks are paying, according to people familiar with the matter. Regulators often consider rising rates as an indication that a bank might be in peril.
Perhaps that's the reason Downey Savings Bank and BankUnited are no longer offering great CD deals like they were in previous months.
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