Banks' Bad Assets Rise 149 Percent

04/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Foreclosures and bad loans raced through the banking industry in 2008, with the more than 8,000 U.S. banks registering a 149 percent increase in troubled assets, according to a new analysis of bank financial reports to the federal government.

While a large majority of banks were still healthy, 163 ended the year with more troubled loans than capital, up from only 13 a year earlier, according to the analysis of data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. by and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University in Washington, D.C.


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