Where have all the de novos gone?
Between the year 2000 and 2008, the FDIC approved 1,042 new bank charters, leading those in the industry to dub that near-decade the “go go” years. Observers of the industry would just as soon forget what happened then. One consequence of the Great Recession is the rapid net decline in total banks, exacerbated by anemic de novo activity. [Continue]