Problem Bank list soars to 775 from 305 a year ago

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The government's list of troubled banks climbed to its highest level since 1992 in the first quarter, although the pace of growth moderated, according to a government report published Thursday.

The numbers, published as part of a broader survey on the nation's banking system by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, revealed that the number of banks at risk of failing climbed to 775 during the first quarter.


That figure stood at 702 in the fourth quarter of 2009. A year ago, the number of banks on the FDIC's watch list was 305. Loan losses, particularly in areas like commercial real estate, have hit many lenders hard.

Still, the fact that the number of problem banks rose by just 10% from the end of the year may suggesting that some of the festering troubles in the industry are starting to subside.

Problem bank list hits 775 - May. 20, 2010
 

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