The FDIC Quarterly provides a comprehensive summary of the most current financial results for the banking industry, along with feature articles. These articles range from timely analysis of economic and banking trends at the national and regional level that may affect the risk exposure of FDIC-insured institutions to research on issues affecting the banking system and the development of regulatory policy. The FDIC Quarterly brings together data and analysis that were previously available through three retired publications -- the FDIC Outlook, the FDIC Banking Review, and the FYI: An Update on Emerging Issues in Banking. Past issues of these publications are archived under their original publication names.
FDIC-insured institutions reported an aggregate profit of $35.3 billion in the first quarter of 2012, a $6.6 billion improvement from the $28.8 billion in net income the industry reported in the first quarter of 2011. This is the 11th consecutive quarter that earnings have registered a year-over-year increase. However, loan balances declined by $56.3 billion (0.8 percent) after three consecutive quarterly increases.
Insurance Fund Indicators
Estimated insured deposits (based on $250,000 coverage) increased by 0.7 percent during the first quarter of 2012. The Deposit Insurance Fund reserve ratio was 0.22 percent on March 31, 2012, up from 0.17 percent at December 31, 2011, and -0.02 percent four quarters earlier. Sixteen FDIC-insured institutions failed during the quarter.