Banking Industry Profits and Revenues Show Strong Increase in 2014 Third Quarter

The latest FDIC Quarterly Banking Profile for the quarter ending September 30, 2014 shows a strong increase in both profits and revenues as the recovery in the banking industry continues. Banking industry profits rose to $38.7 billion during the third quarter, up by $2.6 billion or 7.3 percent from $36.1 billion in the comparable prior […]

Frontier Bank, FSB, Palm Desert, CA, Closed by Regulators – 17th Bank Failure of 2014

The seventeenth bank failure of the year occurred in California today as regulators shuttered the Frontier Bank, FSB, a small bank headquartered in Palm Desert, CA doing business as El Paseo Bank. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency closed Frontier Bank and appointed the FDIC as receiver which in turn sold the failed […]

Largest Bank Failure of 2014 – The National Republic Bank of Chicago

Illinois has been a tough place for banks this year.  A third of all bank failures during 2014 have occurred in Illinois and the collapse of The National Republic Bank of Chicago also gives Illinois the distinction of having the nation’s largest bank failure. The National Republic Bank of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, (TNRBC) was shuttered […]

NBRS Financial, Rising Sun, MD, Becomes 15th Bank Failure of 2014

The Maryland Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation closed today NBRS Financial, Rising Sun, Maryland, and appointed the FDIC as receiver.  The FDIC in turn sold the failed bank to Howard Bank, Elliott City, Maryland, which will assume all deposits of NBRS Financial. NBRS Financial was originally founded in 1873 under the name The […]

Whatever Happened to Money Market Fund Rates? The New World of Zero Return and High Risk

Here’s an interesting tidbit from Merrill Lynch on the various money market funds that investors can sweep excess cash into.  The yields are enough to bring retired investors trying to live off of yield to tears. It’s hard to believe looking back that a mere five years ago, prior to the financial meltdown, savers could […]

Five Years After the Banking Crisis, Hundreds of Problem Banks Still Struggle

While many banks have completely recovered from the banking and financial crises of over six years ago, the number of banks classified as “Problem Banks” by the FDIC has remained stubbornly high. A milestone of sorts was reached recently when, after five years, the number of banks on the FDIC’s Problem Bank List finally declined […]

GreenChoice Bank, fsb, Chicago, IL, Closed by Regulators

GreenChoice Bank, fsb, Chicago, Illinois, a small community bank, was closed today by the Office of the Comptroller.  The FDIC, appointed as receiver, sold the failed bank to Providence Bank, LLC, South Holland, Illinois, which will assume all deposits of GreenChoice Bank. GreenChoice Bank had been around for over 100 years, having been founded in […]

Eastside Commercial Bank, Conyers, GA, Becomes 13th Bank Failure of 2014

Georgia state regulators closed the Eastside Commercial Bank, Conyers, Georgia, and appointed the FDIC as receiver.  In order to protect depositors, the FDIC sold Eastside Commercial Bank to Community & Southern Bank, Atlanta, Georgia, which will assume all deposits of the failed bank. Eastside Commercial Bank did not even last a decade, having been founded […]

Would Bank Living Wills/Resolution Plans Actually Help Resolve the Next Banking Crisis?

The public portions of the annual resolution plans or living wills of 17 large financial institutions were jointly released by the FDIC and the Federal Reserve Board today.  The resolution plans describe in detail a financial institution’s plans for a rapid and orderly resolution under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to address material financial distress or […]

FDIC Issues Enforcement Actions to Three Problem Banks

The FDIC took enforcement actions against 39 banks in May, up from 31 during the previous month.  The 39 orders issued by the FDIC in May 2014 included two consent orders, one prompt corrective action directive, seven section 19 orders, three civil money penalties, and sixteen orders terminating consent orders and cease and desist orders. […]