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FDIC Marks 2014’s First Bank Failure

West Chicago's DuPage National Bank has the dubious honor of being the first FDIC [1]-insured institution to close in 2014.

The agency announced Friday the bank's closure by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency [2] (OCC).

To protect depositors, FDIC announced a purchase and assumption agreement with Republic Bank of Chicago [3], which has agreed to pay a premium of 1.20 percent to assume all of DuPage National's deposits (estimated at $59.6 million as of Q3 2013) and "essentially all" of its assets.

FDIC estimates the failed bank's acquisition will cost its Deposit Insurance Fund about $1.6 million.

The steady downward trend of bank failures in recent years suggests that, barring any major financial shocks to the country, 2014 will see a short list of collapses. In 2011, FDIC reported 92 bank failures; that number nearly halved to 51 in 2012, which in turn dropped to 24 last year.