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FDIC Chairman to Resign After Workplace Culture Accusations

More than 500 employees reported sexual harassment, racism, sexism, bullying, you name it

(Newser) - The chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. announced Monday that he's leaving in response to an independent review's findings that the independent agency is rife with sexual harassment and discrimination. Martin Gruenberg said he'll resign once a successor is confirmed, CNBC reports, and a White House...

Half of Americans Fear for Their Bank Holdings

Experts say there's no reason to fret thanks to FDIC insurance

(Newser) - Americans appear as worried about their money in banks now as they were during the 2008 financial crisis. Some 48% of US adults are "very" or "moderately" concerned about money held in bank accounts, according to a Gallup poll that was conducted after two banks failed , but before...

Regulators Close In on First Republic

Federal takeover and sale could be completed over the weekend

(Newser) - Federal regulators were working through the weekend to take over and sell First Republic Bank, an effort to bring an end to the regional banking crisis that began seven weeks ago with the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. The goal is to have the operation, which is being managed by...

In Silicon Valley Bank Fail, the Fed's 'Mea Culpa' (Sort Of)

US central banking system blames lax oversight, weakened regulations for bank's collapse

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve blamed last month's collapse of Silicon Valley Bank on poor management, watered-down regulations, and lax oversight by its own staffers, adding that the industry needs stricter policing on multiple fronts to prevent future bank failures. The Fed was highly critical of its own role in the...

Report: Bank Was at Center of Criminal Probe Before Collapse

Per Bloomberg, the feds were looking into Signature Bank's dealings with crypto clients

(Newser) - On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the New York State Department of Financial Services insisted that the shuttering of Signature Bank, the third US financial institution to collapse in just a matter of days, had "nothing to do with crypto," per Reuters . By Tuesday evening, however, Bloomberg suggested that...

Largest Bank Collapse Since 2008 Just Went Down

FDIC shutters Silicon Valley Bank, seizes its assets

(Newser) - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation seized the assets of Silicon Valley Bank on Friday, marking the largest bank failure since Washington Mutual during the height of the 2008 financial crisis. The FDIC ordered the closure of SVB and immediately took possession of all deposits at the bank. The bank had...

AmEx to Cough Up $75M Over Deceptive Practices

335K consumers will get refunds for credit card add-on programs

(Newser) - American Express has agreed to pony up $75.7 million over what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is calling "deceptive marketing to sell credit card add-on products," reports the LA Times . Some $59.5 million of that will go toward refunds to the 335,000-plus consumers who were...

US Banks Hit Lowest Number Since Depression

Pennsylvania sees country's first startup since 2010

(Newser) - There are currently 6,891 banks in the US—the fewest since 1934, when the federal government started keeping records. The figure is down from about 18,000 in the mid-1980s, and it's largely because small banks have been disappearing, the Wall Street Journal reports. Between 1984 and 2011,...

Bank Fires Worker Over Minor Offense 49 Years Ago

Wells Fargo cans 68-year-old over use of phony dime in laundromat

(Newser) - In the past year and a half, the federal government enforced tough new rules against banks and mortgage-lenders, designed to eliminate executives and mid-level employees with prior convictions for serious offenses such as fraud. But the banks, eager to avoid the $1-million-a-day fines, are firing even low-level workers over minor...

Bank Failures Far From Over
 Bank Failures Far From Over 

Bank Failures Far From Over

Failures down in 2011, but weak banks are taking longer to recover or die

(Newser) - Bank failures were down significantly in 2011, but that doesn't mean banks are getting healthier—it just means sick ones are taking longer to die, the Wall Street Journal finds. Some 92 banks failed last year, down from 157 in 2010. But many of 2011's casualties were in...

Sheila Bair to Leave FDIC in July

Chair weathered financial crisis, oversaw closure of 350-plus banks

(Newser) - Sheila Bair is stepping down as chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. this summer, ending a five-year term in which she helped craft the government's response to the 2008 financial crisis. The FDIC says Bair will leave her post as one of the government's top bank regulators...

FDIC Seizes 6 Banks, for Total of 34 This Year

But the pace is down from last year

(Newser) - The pace is slowing, but bank failures continue to ripple throughout the industry. The FDIC seized six yesterday, the most in a single day this year, reports AP . That makes a total of 34 in 2011, compared to 50 at this point last year. The new banks seized were in...

FDIC's Failed Bank Tab: $9B
 FDIC's Failed  
 Bank Tab: $9B 

FDIC's Failed Bank Tab: $9B

But officials and execs cite successful effort to battle bad loans

(Newser) - The 165 banks that toppled like dominoes in the financial crisis have stuck the FDIC with a hefty tab to the tune of $9 billion, the Wall Street Journal reports. Regulators have helped shoulder the burden of bad assets and loans at the failed banks; the loss-sharing agreements encouraged healthier...

FDIC Launches 50 Criminal Inquiries of Failed Banks

But it won't name names yet

(Newser) - The FDIC has launched criminal investigations targeting around 50 executives, directors, and employees from banks that failed during the financial crisis. Regulators won’t say which banks or executives are under investigation yet, but did tell the Wall Street Journal that banks of all sizes from across the country are...

Republicans Want to Abolish Financial Firemen
Republicans Want to Abolish Financial Firemen
Paul Krugman

Republicans Want to Abolish Financial Firemen

McConnell is doing Wall Street's bidding

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell wants to abolish fire departments—they just bail out burning buildings. We won’t get out of this mess until the biggest buildings are allowed to burn! That’s essentially what McConnell’s latest assault on financial reform amounts to, writes Paul Krugman in the New York Times ...

FDIC Closes Bank No. 28: NYC's Park Avenue Bank
FDIC Closes Bank No. 28: NYC's Park Avenue Bank

FDIC Closes Bank No. 28: NYC's Park Avenue Bank

Latest to fail had about $1B on the books

(Newser) - Federal regulators shut down Park Avenue Bank in New York today, marking the 28th failure this year of a federally insured bank. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was appointed receiver of Park Avenue Bank. It had $520.1 million in assets and $494.5 million in deposits as of Dec....

FDIC Seizes 4 More Banks
FDIC Seizes 4 More Banks 

FDIC Seizes 4 More Banks

Tally hits 26 this year; pace of closures expected to increase in coming months

(Newser) - Regulators yesterday shuttered banks in Florida, Illinois, Maryland, and Utah, boosting to 26 the number of US bank failures so far this year following the 140 brought down in 2009 by mounting loan defaults. The pace of bank seizures this year is likely to accelerate , FDIC officials have said, as...

Lending Falls at Fastest Rate Since 1942

Boatload of bank failures likely in 2010

(Newser) - Banks tightened credit last year at what the Wall Street Journal calls an “epic pace,” recording their biggest full-year decline in loans outstanding in 67 years. The figure comes from a new FDIC report that paints the picture of a banking industry that, apart from a few top-tier...

Quarter of US Households Have Limited Bank Access

Minorities, low-income families hit hardest

(Newser) - A quarter of US households have little or no access to banks—relying instead on nontraditional services such as check-cashing shops, pawn shops, or payday loans, and often paying exorbitant interest rates. The first comprehensive survey of its kind by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed that 71% of families...

Danger Signs Ignored at Failed Banks

Regulators knew loans were toxic but didn't act

(Newser) - "Post-mortems" on banks that failed during the financial crisis are exposing serious misjudgment by state and federal regulators. Inspectors-general are finding at bank after bank that regulators were aware that risky and potentially toxic loans were being made while the economy was booming, but failed to take action, the...

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