Is your family's bank safe and sound?

Once upon a time, banks were the safe place to put your money. But the mortgage-based credit crisis has changed all that. As the daily headlines carry more bad news about bank failures, how do you know if your family's money is safe in the bank? Bankrate.com's new tool, Safe & Sound® ratings, gives your bank (or credit union) a score from 1 (excellent) to 5 (uh-oh) based on a series of 22 tests designed to measure the capital adequacy, asset quality, profitability and liquidity of each financial institution.

Check out your bank's Safe & Sound® rating today.