I’ve seen remarks across the blogosphere that the recent FDIC advertisements are a bad sign. I’m not convinced. I think there are many who have no idea how the FDIC protection works, what its limits are, and how to get more coverage. First, here is one of the ads they are running:
The important thing to understand is that non-retirement accounts are insured up to $100K. If you have more cash than this, you should consider splitting it up among more than one bank. In the case of a failure, you may have to wait some time to access your money, so even if you are below the limit, using 2 or 3 banks is a good idea. See the FDIC Website for more details.