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Vol. 93, No. 3 (Posted 2011-05-01)

Have Acquisitions of Failed Banks Increased the Concentration of U.S. Banking Markets?

by David C. Wheelock

During 2007-10, failures eliminated 318 U.S. commercial banks and savings institutions, about 4 percent of the total number of banks operating at the end of 2006. The assets and deposits of many failed banks were acquired by institutions that already had offices in markets served by the failed banks. This article investigates the impact of in-market acquisitions of failed banks on the concentration of local U.S. banking markets.

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