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Over 100 banks failed in US this year

Two more banks have been taken over by US regulators, bringing to 101 the number of bank failures thus far this year.

The latest financial institutions to fall amid the longest recession since the 1930s were the two regional banks in Florida and Georgia.

After the highly publicized failure of Wall Street investment banks and the federal bail-outs of others, this year’s failures have mostly involved smaller, local and regional banks.

The 100th failure was Partners Bank in Naples, Florida, with assets of 66 million dollars. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which protects small depositors and steps in when banks are deemed insolvent, immediately announced the takeover of Partners Bank by the Florida-based Stonegate Bank.

American United Bank of Lawrenceville, Georgia, with assets of 111 million dollars, will be taken over by Ameris Bank, which is also Georgia-based.

The FDIC often arranges for stronger banks to quickly receive the assets and accounts of failing banks.

Alabama’s Colonial Bank was the largest to go under, so far, in 2009 with assets of 25 billion dollars, which made it the sixth-largest bank ever to fail in America.

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