I thought it was time to check back in with the pace of bank failures. The FDIC began publishing a list of bank failures in October 2000:
The top 3 years with the most failures were:
- 2009 – 14 failures in first 1.5 months – thats 104 annualized.
- 2008 – 25 failures.
- 2002 – 14 failures immediately after the 2001 recession – 9/11.
The conventional wisdom that bank failures should be more of a concern than other types of firms in a weakening economy may not be entirely correct.
However, correlate the failure rate with banks’ rise of excessive exposure to mortgage lending and it makes sense.
After I did my chart, I came across a CNN/Money story expressing the same concerns.
About 150-300 banks are projected to fail during this recession. The last big surge of bank failures was in the late 1980s.