I read the Calculated Risk blog and they often post the most recent bank failures. It got me to wondering whether the bank failure rate is still on the rise or is finally decreasing. I decide to look up the data and it was surprisingly easy to find as a csv downloadable from this FDIC page (a big shout-out to the FDIC for making this data so easily obtainable!). Below is a figure of the FDIC insured bank failures all the way back to about 2000. Clearly observed is the calm before the storm of 2008. I will be trying to keep this updated while I also improve the figure for readability, but for now...this is what you get.

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21 January 2011