From 2006 through 2016, the number of insured depository institutions in the United States has fallen from 8,691 charters to 5,922, a decline of 2,769 charters or a 32% loss. This headline loss number is worth talking about, but is neither news nor new. The loss of charters is a frequent source of discussions around bank board rooms, stories from trade press, and chatter at banking conferences. The number of insured charters has also been in steady decline, with at least 33 years of declining numbers.
However, a deeper dive into the numbers reveals some unexpected trends below the headline 32% loss of charters.