In what has become a weekly ritual as 2009 has progressed, each Friday evening after the close of business, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announces the names of the banks it has taken over that week. The current number of year-to-date bank closures stands at 37, which already represents the highest annual total since 1993, the end of the last era of failed banks. All signs are that the number of bank failures will continue to grow in the months ahead, a prospect that is affecting the D&O insurance marketplace, even for smaller community banks.
In the latest issue of InSights (here), I take a look at the background regarding the current wave of bank closures and examine the D&O insurance marketplace’s reaction to these developments.
One of the issues discussed in the article is the surprising number of failed banks in Georgia. The June 10, 2009 Wall Street Journal has an article entitled "Failed Banks’s Dot Georgia’s Vista" (here) discussing the reasons for the high number of bank failures in that state.