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As part of its mission to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation's financial system, the FDIC publishes studies, reports, and histories that shed light on bank practices, FDIC processes, and important FDIC history.

Options for Deposit Insurance Reform

Following recent bank failures, FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg directed a comprehensive overview of the deposit insurance system and options for reform to address financial stability concerns stemming from recent bank failures.

Options for Deposit Insurance Reform Report
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FDIC's Supervision of Signature Bank

This independent, internal review by the agency's Chief Risk Officer evaluates the agency's supervision of the former Signature Bank, New York, New York, from 2017 until its failure in March 2023. The review explores cause and contributors to failure and offers recommendations for further exploration.

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Managing the Crisis

This two-volume report examines the challenges faced by the FDIC and the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) in resolving troubled banks and thrifts during the financial crisis of the 1980s and early 1990s.

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Crisis and Response: An FDIC History, 2008-2013

This study chronicles the FDIC's response to two overlapping financial crises: the financial crisis of 2008-2009 and the banking crisis of 2008-2013. The history explains what occurred and shares lessons learned.

Review the History Study