Earlier this month, IndyMac, a bank and mortgage lender, collapsed, and through an interesting process the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) assumed responsibility of the bank’s deposit accounts. This collapse, only a few months after NetBank closed and its deposits were acquired by ING Direct, has people everywhere worrying about their money. The government and consumers hope to determine which banks might be next to fail and depositors are closing their accounts, concerned they might not be able to gain access to their funds once a bank collapses.
ABC News has compiled a list of the ten most likely banks to fail next based on a ratio of the bank’s assets and reserves to its non-performing loans. Popularizing this list could feed panic, which is perhaps what the release of Senator Charles Schumer’s comments about IndyMac did in June. When Schumer’s letters expressing concern about IndyMac’s stability were released to the public the expected reaction ensued. Customers panicked and withdrew their assets from the bank, possibly expediting IndyMac’s fall.
There is no need to panic. As long as you keep less than $100,000 per legal depositor in any banking institution insured by the FDIC, you will not lose your money. Even if your bank fails, the FDIC has $53 billion in a fund set aside for covering customers in the event of a collapse. Even if you keep more than $100,000 in one bank, you will probably still have access to at least part of your money eventually. It would make sense to distribute your funds across banks at no more than $100,000 each.
While your money is safe, it wouldn’t hurt to know where your bank is on the list of those most likely to fail. Here are the ten riskiest banks based on the ratio mentioned above, the “Texas ratio.”
- Colorado Federal Savings Bank, Greenwood Village, CO
- Eastern Savings Bank, FSB, Hunt Valley, MD
- Integrity Bank, Alpharetta, GA
- Ameribank, Inc., Welch, WV
- First Priority Bank, Bradenton, FL
- First Security National Bank, Norcross, GA
- Magnet Bank, Salt Lake City, UT
- Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, CA
- First National Bank of Brookfield, Brookfield, IL
- The State Bank of Lebo, Lebo, KS
There is no guarantee that these banks will collapse in the above order, nor can anyone promise that any one bank will fail at all. I see no immediate need to move your funds to another bank if your institution is listed above unless you find yourself awake at night worrying. The FDIC has you covered as long as you’re within the correct limits.
Who’s Next? List of Troubled Banks Worries Wall Street, DC, ABC News, July 15, 2008, via Five Cent Nickel and My Two Dollars.