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Rule 15-103. IOLTA ACCOUNTS: INTEREST RATES.

State Bar Programs / Part XV - Georgia Bar Foundation / CHAPTER 1 - IOLTA ACCOUNTS / Rule 15-103. IOLTA ACCOUNTS: INTEREST RATES.

On any IOLTA Account, the rate of interest payable shall be:

     (a)   not less than the highest interest rate or dividend generally available from the approved institution to its non-IOLTA customers for each IOLTA Account that meets the same minimum balance or other eligibility qualifications, if any. In determining the highest interest rate or dividend generally available from the institution to its non-IOLTA customers, the institution may consider factors, in addition to the IOLTA Account balance, customarily considered by the institution when setting interest rates or dividends for its customers if such factors do not discriminate between IOLTA Accounts and accounts of non-IOLTA customers. The institution also shall consider all product option types that it offers to its non- IOLTA customers, as noted at Rule 15-102(a), for an IOLTA Account by either establishing the applicable product as an IOLTA Account or paying the comparable interest rate or dividend on the IOLTA Account in lieu of actually establishing the comparable highest interest rate or dividend product; or

     (b)   alternatively, if an approved institution so chooses, a rate equal to the greater of (A) 0.65% per annum or (B) a benchmark interest rate, net of allowable reasonable fees, set by the Foundation, which shall be expressed as a percentage (an “index”) of the federal funds target rate, as established from time to time by the Federal Reserve Board. In order to maintain an overall comparable rate, the Foundation will periodically, but not less than annually, publish its index.  The index shall initially be 65% of the federal funds target rate.

     (c)   Approved  institutions  may  choose  to  pay  rates  higher  than comparable rates discussed above.
 



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