Sunday, August 17, 2008

Bank Safety Ratings on the Web

Bankrate now offers bank safety ratings for free on the web. See the Safe and Sound page of the Bankrate website -

You can search using many different criteria to find the banks you are interested in. Bankrate provides the following summary to describe the service.

"'s Safe & Sound® service is a proprietary system designed to provide information on the relative financial strength and stability of U.S. commercial banks, savings institutions and credit unions. The system employs a series of twenty-two tests to measure the capital adequacy, asset quality, profitability, and liquidity (CAEL) of each rated financial institution. Individual performance levels are determined from publicly available regulatory filings and are compared to asset-size peer norms, industry standards and key absolute benchmarks. Combined results form the basis for our Composite CAEL and Star Ratings, which are described below. When possible, the system also produces a report that provides a detailed explanation of our findings, for each rated financial institution."

Earlier we had warned everyone to get their money over the FDIC limit out of Washington Mutual. It is interesting to note that WaMu recieved the lowest possible ratings, for both the Bankrate star rating and CAEL rating. -