The FDIC Quarterly provides a comprehensive summary of the most current financial results for the banking industry, along with feature articles. These articles range from timely analysis of economic and banking trends at the national and regional level that may affect the risk exposure of FDIC-insured institutions to research on issues affecting the banking system and the development of regulatory policy. The FDIC Quarterly brings together data and analysis that were previously available through three retired publications -- the FDIC Outlook, the FDIC Banking Review, and the FYI: An Update on Emerging Issues in Banking. Past issues of these publications are archived under their original publication names.
FDIC-insured institutions reported aggregate net income of $40.3 billion in the first quarter of 2013, a $5.5 billion (15.8 percent) increase from the $34.8 billion in profits that the industry reported in the first quarter of 2012. This is the 15th consecutive quarter that earnings have registered a year-over-year increase. Increased noninterest income, lower noninterest expenses, and reduced provisions for loan losses accounted for the increase in earnings from a year ago. Half of the 7,019 insured institutions reporting financial results had year-over-year increases in their earnings. The proportion of banks that were unprofitable fell to 8.4 percent, from 10.6 percent a year earlier.
Insurance Fund Indicators
The Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) increased by $2.8 billion during the first quarter to $35.7 billion. Estimated insured deposits decreased by 18.7 percent, to $6.0 trillion, during the first quarter primarily because of the expiration of the temporary unlimited insurance coverage on noninterest-bearing transaction accounts. The DIF reserve ratio was 0.59 percent at March 31, 2013, up from 0.44 percent at December 31, 2012, and 0.22 percent at March 31, 2012. Four FDIC-insured institutions failed during the quarter.