Soaring small bank failures put FDIC under stress

10/12/2009 | NYTimes.com

About half of the U.S. banking industry's $1.8 trillion of commercial real estate loans are carried on the books of small- and medium-sized banks, according to an analysis by the research company Foresight Analytics. For a substantial portion of these banks, loans secured by commercial property constitute the highest risk and the biggest part of their loan portfolios. These loans could put hundreds of banks out of business in the next few years, analysts said.

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