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The back-story behind Workshop's first data project on banks

Posted: March 16, 2017 | Tags: BankTracker

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Wendell Cochran 

This month we’re celebrating the eighth anniversary of BankTracker, our long-running series on the financial health of the nation’s banks and credit unions.  

In 2009, Wendell Cochran, a founding editor of the Workshop, wanted to track the impact of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the $250 billion package that was signed into law in October 2008 by President Bush to stabilize the financial system. 

Using data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), BankTracker allows readers to search by the name of their bank or by credit union to see assets ...

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BankTracker updates

Posted: Sept. 29, 2016 | Tags: BankTracker

Our BankTracker report has been updated with the latest figures from the Federal Deposit Insurance  Corporation (FDIC) to reflect the second quarter ending in June 2016. BankTracker traces the financial health of every bank and credit union in the country.

Banks have declined by more than 27 percent since the Great Recession began in December 2007. But total assets, capital, deposits, profits and reserves have all collectively improved, according to an in-depth analysis of FDIC data by the Workshop published earlier this year.  

The most recent data were analyzed by Wendell Cochran, the creator of the project and the Workshop ...

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BankTracker updates

Posted: March 11, 2016 | Tags: banks, BankTracker

We’ve updated the BankTracker database to include the fourth quarter, Dec. 31, 2015, releases from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Credit Union Administration. 

The fourth-quarter reports were analyzed by the Workshop’s former Senior Editor Wendell Cochran.

You can search by bank or by credit union to see assets, loans, deposits, reserves, profits and real-estate holdings, among other things. BankTracker still is the only publicly available site that provides this data.

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BankTracker updates

Posted: Sept. 30, 2015 | Tags: BankTracker

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We’ve just updated the BankTracker database to include the second quarter, June 30 releases from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Credit Union Administration. 

Many of the presidential candidates in the 2016 campaign are basing their tax proposals and other program goals on a rosy picture of future economic growth. Yet it was only seven years ago that Lehmann Brothers collapsed, threatening the U.S. banking system and economic collapse. If the candidates mention the banks and credit unions at all, they mostly express disdain for the TARP bailouts and other government favors going to the banks ...

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Bank Tracker updates

Posted: Sept. 17, 2014 | Tags: BankTracker

BankTracker has been updated with second-quarter data on banks and credit unions around the country. Our ongoing study is based on reports from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Credit Union Administration. You can search for information by the name of your bank or by state and city.

Our new data editor, David Donald, will be analyzing trends and writing stories occasionally based on this material, which we'll continue to update quarterly.

How we do this: Each quarter the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. requires every bank in the nation to submit detailed reports about its financial condition ...

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Tennessee bank collapse largest since April 2010

Posted: Jan. 30, 2012 | Tags: banks, BankTracker, failed banks, FDIC, TARP

Friday’s failure of the Tennessee Commerce Bank of Franklin, Tenn., is the costliest bank collapse since April 30, 2010, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

The FDIC estimated that closing the Tennessee bank would cost the deposit insurance fund $416.8 million. That would mean it cost more than any of the 92 banks that failed in 2011 or the 93 that were closed between April 30 and Dec. 31, 2010.

On April 30, 2010, the FDIC took over five banks that each cost more than $600 million. The total cost to the fund that day was more ...

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Bank failures down compared with 2010

Posted: Jan. 29, 2011 | Tags: banks, BankTracker, failed banks, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over four more banks on Friday, bringing the January total to 11. But that's down from 15 in January 2010.

And the estimated cost to the bank insurance fund dropped even more dramatically. The FDIC estimated that the January failures last year would cost more than $3.2 billion. The estimate for the 11 banks that have failed so far this year is just over $1.2 billion.

This year's most expensive failure so far is the Jan. 21 closing of United Western Bank of Denver, which the FDIC estimates will cost ...

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2010 bank failures top 2009

Posted: Nov. 8, 2010 | Tags: banks, BankTracker, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Four more banks failed on Friday, bringing the total for the year to 142, meaning there will be more bank failures in 2010 than any year since at least 1992. Last year, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over 140 banks around the nation.

This year's failures have cost the insurance fund more than $21.1 billion. A year ago, failures cost the insurance fund about $37.7 billion.

More than half the failures in 2010, 83 in all, have occurred in just five states:

  • Florida, 27
  • Georgia, 17
  • Illinois, 16
  • California, 12
  • Washington, 11

There have been no ...

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Bank failure costs hit $20 billion

Posted: Oct. 5, 2010 | Tags: banks, BankTracker, failed banks, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over two more failed banks last Friday, pushing the number for the year to 129 and the estimated cost to more than $20 billion, with three months left in the year.

Last year the FDIC had closed 97 banks through Oct. 2, but because the failed banks were larger, the total estimated cost to the government was more than $27.3 billion.

By the end of 2009, 140 banks had failed at a total estimated cost to the federal insurance fund of more than $37.2 billion. Last year there were eight bank failures ...

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Come and knock on our door

Posted: Sept. 22, 2010 | Tags: banks, BankTracker, failed banks, Flying Cheap, Frontline, stimulus, wind energy

It's been a few short years since the concept for the Investigative Reporting Workshop originated over a series of coffee and lunch meetings. Since then, the idea has grown to a reality that now includes offices on New Mexico Avenue and a staff of 20-plus strong investigative reporters and editors.

In that time, we've launched nine in-depth investigations ranging from nuclear energy's big lobbying push and green energy stimulus funds going overseas to an analysis of financial statements from every bank in the country and the political influence of media and broadband companies.

And, that's just ...

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BankTracker data updated

Posted: Sept. 15, 2010 | Tags: banks, BankTracker, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

This post has been updated to correct the number of banks that have failed so far this year.

We have posted the second quarter banking data on our BankTracker site.

Here's what they show:

--The nation's banks had their best quarter in more than two years, according to their reports to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. But the woes brought on by the financial crisis will still take a long time to repair, as the number of banks on the government "problem list" continues to grow.

-- The amount of troubled assets on bank's books declined for the ...

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FDIC says banking conditions improving

Posted: Aug. 31, 2010 | Tags: banks, BankTracker, failed banks, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

The nation's banking industry made $21.7 billion in the second quarter of this year, up from a loss of $9 billion a year ago, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. reported Tuesday.

"The results provide more evidence that the sector is moving along the road to recovery," FDIC Chairman Shelia Bair said at a news conference.

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Bair said bank profits were the highest in nearly three years. Profits grew primarily because banks, especially the nation's biggest ones, were able to reduce provisions for loan losses to its lowest in more than two years.

In fact, the amount of ...

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BankTracker digs into bank behind Waters investigation

Posted: Aug. 9, 2010 | Tags: BankTracker, failed banks, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Maxine Waters, MSNBC, OneUnited, TARP

An analysis by the Workshop's BankTracker has revealed the bank at the center of a House ethics investigation of U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters was, at the time of its rescue, the weakest to receive fundsfrom the government's Troubled Asset Relief Program. The analysis is based on public federal financial reports.

Wendell Cochran found that in spite of its weak financial health OneUnited Bank of Boston received $12.1 million from the Treasury Department in December 2008. To date, the money has not been repaid.

Officials of OneUnited did not respond to Cochran's requests for an interview ...

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TARP bank among Friday failures

Posted: May 15, 2010 | Tags: banks, BankTracker, failed banks, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Illinois banks, TARP

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over four more banks on Friday, bringing the total number of failures so far this year to 72.

Included in Friday's closings was the Midwest Bank and Trust Co. of Elmwood Park, Ill., which had been owned by Midwest Banc Holdings, Inc. of Melrose Park, Ill. Midwest Banc Holdings got $84.8 million from the Troubled Assets Relief Program in December 2008, which it had not repaid, according to the latest Treasury Department report on TARP transactions.

But the Treasury Department report also shows that in March it increased its investment in Midwest ...

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Interactive data and the future of news

Posted: May 6, 2010 | Tags: Aron Pilhofer, BankTracker, computer-assisted reporting, Derek Willis, interactive data, Jacob Fenton, Matt Waite, New York Times, Online News Association

Tons of ink -- both physical and digital -- have been spilled in recent years discussing the economic models that can be built to sustain, perhaps even revive, the business of journalism. It seems to me that somewhat less attention has been given to the topic of how to create new and better content models, which are just as surely needed.

Here at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, we are trying to tackle both sides of the equation. In the coming months, Executive Editor Charles Lewis will have a lot to say about new ways to finance and distribute investigative journalism.

On the ...

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Seven Illinois banks fail Friday

Posted: April 24, 2010 | Tags: banks, BankTracker, failed banks, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Illinois banks, TARP

Seven more Illinois banks were closed on Friday and taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Since the beginning of last year, 31 of the 197 banks that have been closed across the country have been in Illinois. Only Georgia, with 32 failures in the past 16 months, has seen more bank closings in that period.

Friday's closings bring this year's total to 57, including 10 in Illinois.

The takeovers on Friday cost the FDIC an estimated $974 million. The biggest bank to fail was Amcore Bank National Association of Rockford, which had $3.8 billion in ...

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TARP outcome: "A tale of two worlds"

Posted: April 22, 2010 | Tags: BankTracker, TARP, USA TODAY

For the past several weeks, I have been working with USA TODAY reporter Dennis Cauchon to analyze the effectiveness of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the $250 billion package designed to shore up the nation's banks during the financial crisis. Today, the paper published the results based on federal banking reports the Workshop uses for our BankTracker project.

We found that, while overall lending has declined since the program began, banks that took TARP money (most of which now has been repaid) actually reduced lending more than those that didn't get federal aid. They also continued to expand ...

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2010 bank failures reach 50

Posted: April 17, 2010 | Tags: banks, BankTracker, failed banks, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Eight more banks failed on Friday, including three in Florida.

The largest was the Riverside National Bank of Fort Pierce, Fla., which had assets of nearly $3.4 billion at the end of December. Riverside, plus two smaller banks, AmericanFirst Bank of Clermont and First Federal Bank of North Florida, based in Palatka, were sold to TD Bank of Wilmington, Del. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. estimated that the three Florida failures will cost the insurance fund in excess of $500 million.

All together, the FDIC estimates that the bank 50 closures so far this year will cost about $7 ...

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