Tuesday, July 15, 2008

IndyMac bank second largest bank failure in US history

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) “took control of Pasadena-based IndyMac Bank on Friday in what regulators called the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history.” The bank has succumbed to “huge losses from defaulted mortgages made at the height of the housing boom”:

As the bank was shuttering offices and laying off employees nervous … depositors were pulling out $100 million a day. The bank’s stock price had plummeted to less than $1 as analysts predicted the company’s imminent demise.

The takeover of IndyMac came amid rampant speculation that the federal government would also have to take over lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which together stand behind almost half of the nation’s mortgage debt.

Meanwhile Forbes reports that the FDIC is monitoring 90 institutions with assets of $26 billion that it has identified as troubled.

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