From the Boston Globe:
The nation’s banks lost $26.2 billion in the last three months of 2008, the first quarterly deficit in 18 years, as the housing and credit crises escalated.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Thursday that U.S. banks and thrifts also more than doubled the amount they set aside to cover potential loan losses, to $69.3 billion in the fourth quarter from $32.1 billion a year earlier.
Rising losses on loans and eroding values of assets “overwhelmed” banks’ revenues in the fourth quarter, the FDIC said.
Source: Boston Globe