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Bank Orders Ease in Q3 Report


Bank Orders Ease in Q3 Report

DALLAS — (Nov. 30, 2009) /PRNewswire/ Regulatory orders and actions by federal banking regulators eased for the first time in at least four quarters, according to the Third-Quarter 2009 Regulatory Actions report from But more cease-and-desist orders were issued.

The report reflects orders and other actions against federally insured institutions by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Office of Thrift Supervision.

During the third quarter, 257 actions were tracked, decreasing from 263 in the second quarter. began tallying quarterly totals in the third-quarter 2008, when 111 actions were tracked — and this was the first quarterly decline during that period.

Actions by Quarter

Q3 2009 Q2 2009 Q3-2008
257 263 111

“While the data indicate we’ll continue to see an elevated level of bank failures — with this year’s pace at more than 50 per quarter — it also suggests that the rate of bank failures might be near or past the peak,” said Founder and Publisher Sam Garcia. “One big caveat, however, is residential delinquency that is expected to continue rising until at least next summer. The outlook for commercial mortgage defaults is also weak.”

Despite the quarterly decline in overall orders, cease-and-desist orders increased to 98 from the second quarter’s 86. Bank failures are often preceded by such orders.

Formal agreements rose to 67 from 64, and removal-and-prohibition orders climbed to 31 from 24.

Banks, however, faced fewer civil money penalties.

Type of Order Q3 2009
Agreement (written and formal) 67
Capital Directive 1
Cease-and-Desist 98
Civil Money Penalty 49
Prompt Corrective Action 10
Removal-and-Prohibition 31
Termination of Insurance 1
Total 257

Actions by the FDIC drove the third-quarter decline, falling to 143 from the prior quarter’s 151. Still, FDIC activity was well above 67 actions tracked a year earlier.

OCC activity also eased from the second quarter, but Fed actions were up by half.

Regulator Q3 2009
FDIC 143
Fed 58
OCC 55

The full Q3 regulatory actions report is available at:

Complete regulatory news is available at:

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