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East Boston Savings Bank - FAQs

  • Rockland Trust is a community-oriented commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts that has been serving consumers and businesses since 1907. Rockland Trust has a deep commitment to the communities it serves and takes great pride in delivering exceptional customer service. As of April 2021, Rockland Trust has 99 branches, 16 commercial lending centers, 10 investment management offices, and 8 mortgage offices located throughout Massachusetts, including Greater Boston, the South Shore, Cape Cod and the Islands, the South Coast, and Worcester County.

    We provide personal and business banking, commercial lending, investment management, insurance, mortgages, home equity lending, and mobile and online banking. Rockland Trust is a leader in business and commercial banking, having been awarded Gold by Banker & Tradesman for their "Best of Awards" in Commercial Lending and Alternative/Hard Money Lending as well as Silver for Real Estate Lending. In addition, Rockland Trust was ranked the #1 Bank in Massachusetts on Forbes’ 2020 World’s Best Banks list.

    At Rockland Trust, we strive every day to be the bank Where Each Relationship Matters® and we believe that our future is tied to the well-being of the communities we serve. Being a good neighbor and giving back to the communities we serve is important to us. Rockland Trust was named by the Boston Business Journal as one of the region’s Top Corporate Charitable Contributors for the 7th consecutive year. In 2020, Rockland Trust and its affiliated foundations donated a combined total of over $2.3 million to support local charities. Being a bank is about more than providing financial products and services—it’s also about being a strong advocate and steward for the community organizations that help support the individuals, families, and businesses that make up our communities. This is a fundamental belief that has been a core element of our culture for more than 114 years.

    We have a strong belief that our employees are critical to our success and have worked hard to build a culture where colleagues are respected, cared for, and invested in. We are also proud to share that The Boston Globe has recognized Rockland Trust as one of the “Top Places to Work” in Massachusetts for twelve years in a row. Rockland Trust has also been honored as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign each year since 2016.

  • As a customer, you will benefit from:

    • More banking locations with 99 branches located throughout Massachusetts, including Greater Boston, the South Shore, Cape Cod and the Islands, the South Coast, and Worcester County;
    • Convenient banking with access to over 160 Rockland Trust ATMs, thousands of SUM ATMs surcharge-free, 22 branches with Sunday hours, a Customer Information Center that’s open seven-days a week, extended banking hours using our ATMs with Live Teller Services, telephone banking, and online live chat;
    • “Smart” ATMs with envelope free deposit capability;
    • State-of-the-art mobile banking for consumers and businesses with finger print and face ID login;
    • Mobile wallet access with Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay;
    • An app that allows you to temporarily turn your Rockland Trust Debit Card on and off;
    • Access to a large team of investment advisors and a wide range of investment management and trust services and products through the Rockland Trust Investment Management Group(IMG)-including investment management, retirement planning, financial planning, trust and estate planning, tax planning, and insurance strategies and solutions;
    • Customized solutions for Non-Profit Organizations;
    • A robust suite of Treasury Management products and services for businesses;
    • Business and consumer credit cards that provide rewards, multiple layers of security, and other built-in benefits;
    • Larger commercial lending capacity, up to $75 million per qualified business client;
    • Merchant services that allow business customers to accept credit and debit cards in their stores and even on their websites;
    • Foreign exchange services and
    • 1031 exchange service.
  • The transaction is subject to approval by banking regulators and shareholders. We anticipate that the merger will be complete in the fourth quarter of 2021.
  • Rockland Trust does not anticipate significant changes in the immediate future. Your relationship is important to us and every effort will be made to minimize changes to your accounts, rates, and fees as the two organizations' products and systems are aligned. Throughout the process of combining Rockland Trust and East Boston Savings Bank, we will keep customers informed on what to expect through ongoing communications.
  • Over the coming months, Rockland Trust will determine if any account numbers will need to change. Once the merger is approved, you will receive additional communications from Rockland Trust about your accounts, account numbers, and when you can expect a new debit card. We are committed to making this transition as seamless as possible for you.
  • In the immediate future, you can expect very little change to your accounts and the way you bank. We’ll inform you every step of the way as East Boston Savings Bank merges into Rockland Trust. Watch your mailbox and email in the coming months for additional information. To ensure you don’t miss any important messages from us, please log in to East Boston Savings Bank online banking to confirm your phone number, mailing address, and email address are up-to-date.
  • For the time being, you should continue to use your East Boston Savings Bank branches for all of your banking needs. Once the merger is complete, you will have the convenience of banking at over 100 branches and over 160 ATMs. Plus, you will have access to thousands of SUM ATMs surcharge-free. To welcome you to Rockland Trust, you can start using Rockland Trust ATMs surcharge free. 
  • Here are a few steps you can take:

    • Bank as you normally would today. For now, you will continue to see the East Boston Savings Bank name at East Boston Savings Bank branches, ATMs, and on the website.
    • Log into your East Boston Savings Bank online banking account and confirm your phone number, mailing address, and email address are up-to-date.
    • Watch your mailbox and email. We'll continue to give you timely updates as we transition East Boston Savings Bank into Rockland Trust.
  • The name of the combined bank will be Rockland Trust.
  • We are currently reviewing where there may be overlaps in our two organizations and assessing how to best serve customers. Some branch closings are expected as we have some communities with branches in close proximity to each other. We will share additional information as soon as any decisions can be communicated.
  • Yes. Rockland Trust is a member of the SUM ATM program. The SUM ATM program provides customers with the option of using thousands of SUM ATMs surcharge-free. For a complete listing of SUM locations, visit SUM-ATM.com.
  • Yes. Rockland Trust offers state-of-the-art online and mobile banking services for consumers and businesses. Rockland Trust’s mobile banking includes features such as mobile deposit, bill pay, account transfers, transaction information, and security alerts. In the near future, we will be offering a service that gives customers access to their very own dedicated banker right from their mobile device or computer. Customers can get banking advice, ask account questions, and perform account maintenance -all without leaving their home.
  • Rockland Trust is a strong, secure, and well-capitalized bank and a safe place for deposits. All deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) up to $250,000. This coverage can be increased for larger deposits through titling of accounts. We also participate in the Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service (CDARS). These certificates of deposit (CDs) enable customers to insure their deposits up to $50 million.

    Deposits at East Boston Savings Bank are also insured by the FDIC up to $250,000. If you have accounts at both Rockland Trust and East Boston Savings Bank, under federal law you will continue to receive the same FDIC coverage as if your accounts were still at separate banks for six months after the merger. Certificates of Deposit will continue to receive separate FDIC insurance coverage until the first maturity date after the six-month period. After six months have passed, if your total aggregate account balances exceed $250,000, any excess may not be covered by FDIC insurance.

    East Boston Savings Bank provides additional deposit insurance coverage through the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF) for Massachusetts savings banks for amounts in excess of the amounts covered by FDIC insurance. East Boston Savings Bank’s excess deposit insurance through DIF will no longer be available after the merger. Therefore, there will be changes to your deposit insurance coverage at the time of the merger if you have over $250,000 in your aggregate deposit accounts at East Boston Savings Bank. For more information on FDIC insurance, visit their website at FDIC.gov.

  • As we work on merging the two organizations, we will provide updated information on RocklandTrust.com. If you are a customer of East Boston Savings Bank, we will notify you well in advance of any changes to your accounts or services. We are committed to making this the beginning of a great relationship.


Important Additional Information

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