Originally Posted by DenverBrit
If you put your money in a European bank, your deposits are insured to 100k Euros (US, $250k).
If you put it in an 'offshore bank' looking for high returns (Cyprus) you have no insurance.....excepting that because Cyprus is in the EuroZone, they were able to get a bailout and bank deposits were insured to 100k.
If that were a Cayman or Bahamian bank, depositors would lose all.
What you fail to address is why the banks are in trouble in the first place. They are doing nothing short of gambling in the derivative market which would be illegal if the banksters had not strong armed governments to remove controls such the Glass Steagall Act.