Method of allocating insurance by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. Each account that is under the name of a different person or group of people is entitled to maximum protection.
The way that the Securities Investor Protection Corporation treats each account. The Securities Investor Protection Corporation is a not-for-profit organization mandated under American law to insure investors against the potential bankruptcy of a broker-dealer. According to the SIPC's rules, each account is treated as a separate customer, even if multiple accounts have the same owner. This insures each account and not just the owners personally.
For purposes of insurance coverage by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, an account entitled to full insurance coverage. A husband and wife, each with individual accounts and also a joint account, are viewed as three separate customers for insurance purposes. Each one of the accounts, including the joint account, is covered in full.