Truth in Savings Act

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Truth in Savings Act
Great Seal of the United States.
Other short title(s)
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991
  • Foreign Bank Supervision Enhancement Act of 1991
  • Qualified Thrift Lender Reform Act of 1991
Long title An Act to reform Federal deposit insurance, protect the deposit insurance funds, recapitalize the Bank Insurance Fund, improve supervision and regulation of insured depository institutions, and for other purposes.
Nickname(s) Bank Enterprise Act of 1991
Enacted by the  102nd United States Congress
Effective December 19, 1991
Citations
Public Law 102-242
Stat. 105 Stat. 2236 aka 105 Stat. 2334
Codification
Title(s) amended 12 U.S.C.: Banks and Banking
U.S.C. sections created 12 U.S.C. ch. 44 § 4301
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the Senate as S. 543 by Donald W. Riegle, Jr. (D-MI) on March 5, 1991
  • Committee consideration by: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • Passed the Senate on November 21, 1991 (passed voice vote)
  • Passed the House on November 23, 1991 (passed voice vote)
  • Reported by the joint conference committee on November 27, 1991; agreed to by the House on November 27, 1991 (agreed voice vote) and by the Senate on November 27, 1991 (68-15)
  • Signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on December 19, 1991

The Truth in Savings Act (also known by the acronym TISA) is a United States federal law that was passed on December 19, 1991. It was part of the larger Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991 and is implemented by Regulation DD. It established uniformity in the disclosure of terms and conditions regarding interest and fees when giving out information on or opening a new savings account. On passing this law, the US Congress noted that it would help promote economic stability, competition between depository institutions, and allow the consumer to make informed decisions.

The Truth in Savings Act requires the clear and uniform disclosure of rates of interest (annual percentage yield or APY) and the fees that are associated with the account so that the consumer is able to make a meaningful comparison between potential accounts. For example, a customer opening a certificate of deposit account must be provided with information about ladder rates (smaller interest rates with smaller deposits) and penalty fees for early withdrawal of a portion or all of the funds.

The Act is only applicable to deposit accounts that are held by a "natural person" for personal, household, or family use. Accounts owned by businesses or organizations such as churches and neighborhood associations are not subject to these rules.

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