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Despite Tumultuous Events, 2001 Financial Results
of Largest U.S. Banks Holding Steady, FDIC Report Shows

PR-17-2002 (2/13/2002)
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Rosemary George (202) 898-6530

Credit quality took center stage at the top 25 U.S. banking organizations in 2001, according to an FDIC report released today. According to the latest issue of FYI, the combined earnings of the 25 largest banking organizations held steady in 2001 despite $16 billion in combined exposure to Enron and Argentina and a record year for U.S. corporate bankruptcies.

The report is based on public sources and does not contain supervisory information. The report says, "Public sources offer a different perspective than that provided by regulatory monitoring, a perspective that is important or large banks in their role as market participants." This issue of FYI links to a report entitled "Twenty-five Largest Banking Companies," which contains a summary analysis as well as a page of data and a merger chronology for each of the top 25 companies.

FYI and "Twenty-five Largest Banking Companies" can both be found on Each issue of FYI contains a "subscribe" link allowing readers to sign up to receive future issues via email. A copy of FYI is attached.

Attachment: February 13, 2002, FYI

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Last Updated 02/13/2002

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