Thursday, July 16, 2009

Senator: FDIC's Bair says 500 Banks Could Fail

by Calculated Risk on 7/16/2009 08:56:00 PM

From Forbes: Bank Earnings: Beauty Is Skin-Deep (ht Brett)

The banking industry is bracing for continued losses from consumer loans, considering the rising unemployment rate, and an expected wave of commercial real-estate losses. At a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington on Thursday, Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., related a comment to him by Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair that another 500 banks could fail "unless something dramatic happens."
Note that this is Bunning's recollection of a discussion with FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair - so this might not be exactly what Bair said.

UPDATE: FDIC spokesman, Andrew Gray, disputed Bunning’s recollection (ht we will not monetize):
“In both public and private settings, the chairman and the FDIC is always careful to not make predictions on the number of upcoming bank failures,” Gray said in an e-mail. “No estimate” was given during the meeting, which took place last week, Gray said.

“We would regret any miscommunication, but she did not say that,” Gray added.