Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Loan Picture Improves but Troubles Remain: FDIC

For the first time in four years, loans that are 90 days or more past due have decreased instead of increased. While this is no doubt a good sign for the housing industry, it comes just days after the National Association of Realtors reported a record 27% drop home sales.

According to Reuters the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp earned $21.6 billion during the quarter largely due to banks putting away less money to cover expected loan losses.

During the first quarter, the industry earned $17.8 billion.

In other signs of improvement, the total assets of banks characterized as "problem" institutions fell during the quarter to $403 billion from $431 billion, and the FDIC's insurance fund increased by $5.5 billion during the quarter.

But there are still troubling indicators.

Loan balances continued to decline during the second quarter, with net loan and lease balances declining by 1.3 percent. Loans to small businesses and farms -- a major focus of the Obama administration -- fell by 1.8 percent during the quarter.

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