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10 Best Things to Keep in a Safe Deposit Box

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As digital records and cloud storage become the norm, the stodgy safe deposit box is under threat to join our growing list of things that will soon disappear forever. “They’re probably going to be extinct at some point,” says Michele Awash, a certified financial planner with Family Office Solutions in Greenville, Del. “Everything is electronic these days.”

But don’t rush to declare the safe deposit box a relic of the past just yet. You still need to be able to produce certain original documents, rather than digital scans or photocopies, and some valuables simply can’t be digitized.

Installing a safe in your home is one alternative to a safe deposit box, but they aren’t foolproof, says Luke W. Reynolds, Chief of the FDIC's Community Outreach Section. Home safes are more susceptible to fire and water damage, not to mention theft, than bank safe deposit boxes, he says.

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“Personally, I use both,” says William P. Simons IV, president and CEO of Rust Insurance Agency in Washington, D.C. Hard-to-replace items that Simons might need frequently, such as his passport, are kept in the home safe, while other important items he rarely needs stay in his safe deposit box. Here are 10 of the best things to keep in a safe deposit box at your bank.

SEE ALSO: 9 Things You'll Regret Keeping in a Safe Deposit Box

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