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A network that allows school districts and municipalities to invest in certificates of deposit at FDIC-insured banks could be opened up to include credit unions if a Michigan bill passes.

Introduced by Michigan Sen. Tony Stamas (R-Midland), Senate Bill 195 would extend participation in the Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service program to credit unions. When a large deposit is placed with a member of CDARS, that institution uses the network to place funds into CDs issued by banks. According to CDARS, this occurs in increments of less than the standard FDIC insurance maximum to ensure that both principal and interest are eligible for full FDIC insurance.

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