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Vol. 93, No. 6 (Posted 2011-11-01)

Banking Industry Consolidation and Market Structure: Impact of the Financial Crisis and Recession

by David C. Wheelock

The number of U.S. commercial banks and savings institutions declined by 12 percent between December 31, 2006, and December 31, 2010, continuing a consolidation trend begun in the mid- 1980s. Banking industry consolidation has been marked by sharply higher shares of deposits held by the largest banks—the 10 largest banks now hold nearly 50 percent of total U.S. deposits.

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