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Report of bank stability shows mixed results

National bank rating firm Bauer Financial has just released its new bank and credit union star-ratings. The number of banks earning a recommended rating of four or five stars is virtually unchanged from last quarter at 55.7 percent.

That number indicates that the strongest banks in the nation are remaining strong and have likely done so by maintaining strong loan underwriting practices and avoiding bubbles and unconventional investment vehicles.

However, a number of banks straddling the middle of the road last quarter, have now slipped from “adequate” to “problematic.” The number of banks rated two stars or below has now reached 899, meaning more than 10 percent of all U.S. banks are on the firm’s “Troubled and Problematic Bank Report.”

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