Safe Deposit Box

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Safe Deposit Box'

A box - usually located inside a bank - which is used to store valuables. A safe deposit box is rented from the institution and can be accessed with keys, pin numbers or some other security pass. Valuables such as documents and jewelry are placed inside and customers rely on the security of the building to protect those valuables.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Safe Deposit Box'

The contents of a safe deposit box are not insured in the same way bank deposits are. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insures cash deposits up to a certain limit, but due to the fact that there is no way to verify the contents of a safe deposit box, banks will not insure their contents. Also, if heirs are not told about the location of the drawer, upon non-payment, the box is considered abandoned, and its contents are turned over to the state's unclaimed-property offices for auction.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Uninsured Certificate Of Deposit

    A certificate of deposit (CD) which is not insured against losses. ...
  2. Estate Tax

    A tax levied on an heir's inherited portion of an estate if the ...
  3. Estate Planning

    The collection of preparation tasks that serve to manage an individual's ...
  4. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ...

    The U.S. corporation insuring deposits in the U.S. against bank ...
  5. Bank

    A financial institution licensed as a receiver of deposits. There ...
  6. Estate

    All of the valuable things an individual owns, such as real estate, ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What are some of the major regulatory agencies responsible for overseeing financial ...

    There are a number of agencies assigned to regulate and oversee financial institutions and financial markets, including the ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Which federal regulatory agencies approved and are now responsible for enforcing ...

    Five federal regulatory agencies approved and are jointly responsible for enforcing the Volcker rule. These agencies include ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Why should value investors consider the insurance sector?

    Insurance companies receive steady cash flows for years with irregular payouts. Following these payouts, insurance companies ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What net interest margin is typical for a bank?

    In the United States, the average net interest margin for banks was 3.03% in the first quarter of 2015. However, this was ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What are the main benchmarks that track the banking sector?

    The appropriate benchmarks for tracking banking sector performance depend on the type of banking. For instance, commercial-only ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What are the major categories of financial institutions and what are their primary ...

    In today's financial services marketplace, a financial institution exists to provide a wide variety of deposit, lending and ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Options & Futures

    Teaching Your Partner About Household Finances

    This is just one more way to take care of one of the most important people in your life.
  2. Options & Futures

    9 Tips For Safeguarding Your Accounts

    When it comes to keeping your money safe, don't rely on the FDIC - there's much more you can do.
  3. Bonds & Fixed Income

    An Introduction To Depositary Receipts

    Learn about a security that allows you to invest in a foreign company through your local exchange.
  4. Retirement

    6 Estate Planning Must-Haves

    You need an estate plan even if you don't have significant assets. Learn what you need to include in yours.
  5. Options & Futures

    Three Documents You Shouldn't Do Without

    Estate planning is not just about the division of assets after you die. Read on to save your loved ones extra grief.
  6. Options & Futures

    Your Will: Why You Need A Power Of Attorney And Beneficiaries

    What would happen if you were suddenly unable to manage your financial affairs? Preparation is the best protection.
  7. Options & Futures

    Who Backs Up The FDIC?

    The FDIC insures depositors against loss, but what happens if it runs out of money?
  8. Options & Futures

    Bank Failure: Will Your Assets Be Protected?

    The SIPC and FDIC insure against personal financial ruin when banks or brokerages go belly up.
  9. Savings

    Bank Lingo: Routing Number Vs. Account Number

    Each consumer bank account has its own personal ID. And so does the bank. How do these numbers function and how do they protect the account holder?
  10. Savings

    5 Things to Look for in a Private Banker

    When putting all your assets into one private banker basket, it pays to proceed with caution.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Treasury Yield

    The return on investment, expressed as a percentage, on the debt obligations of the U.S. government. Treasuries are considered ...
  2. Bund

    A bond issued by Germany's federal government, or the German word for "bond." Bunds are the German equivalent of U.S. Treasury ...
  3. European Central Bank - ECB

    The central bank responsible for the monetary system of the European Union (EU) and the euro currency. The bank was formed ...
  4. Quantitative Easing

    An unconventional monetary policy in which a central bank purchases private sector financial assets in order to lower interest ...
  5. Current Account Deficit

    A measurement of a country’s trade in which the value of goods and services it imports exceeds the value of goods and services ...
  6. International Monetary Fund - IMF

    An international organization created for the purpose of: 1. Promoting global monetary and exchange stability. 2. Facilitating ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!