Brokered Certificate of Deposit Underwriting
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When you choose Fidelity Capital Markets as one of your certificate of deposit (CD) underwriters, you can leverage our extensive network to help you grow your business. Many of our clients can easily purchase CDs directly at Fidelity.com or on our mobile app—which has more than 3.8 million daily interactions.2
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Retail Certificates of Deposit (CDs) are a funding mechanism used by commercial banks and thrifts to access a dependable source of low cost deposits.
Financial institutions may participate in Retail Brokered CD programs because they are a cost effective and flexible funding source that can complement their other funding options.
Retail CDs are issued in various terms and structures. They are issued on a continuous or periodic basis to help meet a wide range of financing requirements.
Why Use Brokered CDs?
- Master Certificates - Retail CDs are FDIC-insured time deposits issued to holders in "book-entry" form only. The deposit is evidenced on the books of the issuer by a master certificate reflecting the terms of the issue. Only one master certificate is required for each issue regardless of the number of depositors purchasing the issue or the amount raised by the financial institution.
- Custodian - The financial institution makes principal and interest payments to the Depository Trust Company (DTC).3 DTC is responsible for passing the principal and interest to the broker-dealers. The broker-dealer is responsible for passing the correct amount of principal and interest to the owners of the Certificates.
- Regulatory Requirements - Issuers must be classified as either "Well Capitalized", or "Adequately Capitalized" and have been granted a waiver from the FDIC to accept brokered deposits.
- Ease of Administration - Retail CDs require one aggregate weekly settlement and one fund's transfer at maturity.
- Record keeping - Broker-dealers are responsible for maintenance of all depositor records and tax reporting information, and provide depositors with confirmation statements, disclosure documents, and periodic account statements. Tax documents are provided directly to depositors and to state and federal taxing authorities by broker-dealers.
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- Source: Fidelity Investments, data is from 1/2/20 - 6/30/20 and is based on an average of daily total visits.
- Depository Trust Company (DTC) is a member of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, a limited-purpose trust company under New York State banking law and a registered clearing agency with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The master certificates are held by DTC for the bank.