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1. An amount of money held at a financial institution on behalf of an account holder for safekeeping. For example, one may keep a deposit in one's checking account to pay for daily expenses instead of hiding one's money "under the mattress." Many deposits are insured by organizations like the FDIC to reduce their risk.

2. See: Earnest Money.


Money paid to ensure performance under a written or oral contract.Many states require that lease and other such deposits be maintained in escrow accounts and earn interest which must be paid to the party when the deposit is refunded.All real estate brokers must place earnest money deposits in escrow accounts. One must carefully examine the particular contract language relative to deposits in order to determine the circumstances under which they may be withheld from the depositor.

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Definitely demand deposit of rent, and if it is denied, don't just sit back and accept it," says R.
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Now that the biggest banking crisis since the Great Depression is over, the question in some people's minds is how to reform the system of federal deposit insurance that grew out of the first major banking debacle of this century and was a contributing cause of the second.
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Drilling for gold in a geological structure east of Red Lake has resulted in the discovery of an entirely different, yet valuable, mineral deposit.
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In addition, the client can cancel the deposit at any time without losing all his profit, or paying any cancellation fees.