Number of troubled banks continues to rise

WASHINGTON – The government says the number of troubled banks kept growing last quarter even as the industry as a whole had its best quarter in two years.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. says the number of banks on its confidential “problem” list leaped to 775 from 702 in the January-March period. But banks overall posted net income of $18 billion. That was up from $5.6 billion in the same quarter a year earlier. (reference)