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Background

Sheltered Harbor is a voluntary industry initiative undertaken by the US financial services sector to enhance the sector’s resiliency, and to provide additional protections for consumer account information. Its goal is to extend the industry’s capabilities to securely save and restore account data in the event of a loss of operational capability.

The need for Sheltered Harbor arose from successful cybersecurity simulation exercises between public and private sectors known as the “Hamilton Series.”  These exercises, executed under the auspices of the US Treasury Department, highlighted the need for additional protections for consumer accounts. Leading financial institutions, industry trade groups and large processing service providers created the Sheltered Harbor initiative to improve resiliency and responsiveness for a scenario in which a financial institution loses its operational capabilities.  

Over one hundred subject matter experts from those institutions collaboratively designed a solution that is expedient, reliable, secure and relatively easy to implement. That solution is now available to all participating institutions in the form of The Sheltered Harbor Specification.  

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Join as Bank or Credit Union

For banks and credit unions, Participant fees are determined based on both Participants’ Total US Banking Assets and Participant’s Total US Deposit Accounts to more accurately reflect bank size. Below describes current fees applying at each level of Participant’s assets and accounts.

Annual Fee Assessment Schedule for Banks and Credit Unions

 Assets

 Accounts 

 Fee 

Join Sheltered Harbor
On-Line
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 <$100MM  and   <10K  $250       007 monitor 1          OR        Download $250 Agreement
 <$1B  and    <500K  $500        007 monitor 1          OR       Download $500 Agreement
 >500K  $2,500       007 monitor 1          OR       Download $2500 Agreement
 $1B - $50B    and   <500K  $2,500       007 monitor 1          OR       Download $2500 Agreement
 >500K  $10,000       007 monitor 1          OR       Download $2500 Agreement
 >$50B  and  <1M  $10,000       007 monitor 1          OR       Download $2500 Agreement
 >1M  $25,000       007 monitor 1      OR       Download 25000 Agreement

If your operations include brokerage and/or asset management accounts, please check those fee schedules as well, because you will pay a single fee based on the larger of the banking or brokerage or asset managent fee calculation.

Join as Broker

For securities firms, Participant fees are determined based on both Client Assets* and the Number of Clearing Clients. The schedule below describes current fees applying at each level of Participant’s assets and accounts.

Annual Fee Assessment Schedule for Securities Firms

 Client
 Assets*

 Clearing
 Clients

 Fee 

Join Sheltered Harbor
 On-Line
Download 

 <$100MM

 and 

 <1 (self clearer)      

 $2,500

     007 monitor 1    

 OR 

      Download $2500 Agreement

 <$10B

 and  

 <50

 $5000 

     007 monitor 1    

 OR

      Download $5000 Agreement

 50 - 100

 $10,000 

     007 monitor 1    

 OR

      Download 10000 Agreement

 $10B - $200B  

 and 

 <20

 $10,000 

     007 monitor 1    

 OR

      Download 10000 Agreement

 >20

 $25,000 

     007 monitor 1    

 OR

      Download 25000 Agreement
 >$200B    or   >100  $25,000       007 monitor 1     OR       Download 25000 Agreement

* Including discretionary and non-discretionary assets

If your operations include banking and/or asset management accounts, please check those fee schedules as well, because you will pay a single fee based on the larger of the banking or brokerage or asset managent fee calculation.

Join as an Asset Manager

For Asset Managers, Transfer Agents and Recordkeepers,  Participant Fees are determined based on AUM or Plan Assets.  The schedule below describes current fees applying at each level of Participant's AUM or plan assets.

Annual Fee Schedule for Asset Managers, Transfer Agents, and Recordkeepers

AUM or Plan Assets    Fee   Join Sheltered Harbor 
On-Line Download
 <$20B  $2,500      007 monitor 1      OR        Download 2500 Agreement
 $20B - $50B  $5,000      007 monitor 1      OR       Download 5000 Agreement
 $50B - $200B  $15,000       007 monitor 1      OR       Download 15000 Agreement
 > $200B  $25,000       007 monitor 1      OR       Download 25000 Agreement

If your operations include banking and/or brokerage accounts, please check those fee schedules as well, because you will pay a single fee based on the larger of the banking or brokerage or asset managent fee calculation.

ICBA Video - 9/11/2018