(AP Photo/Michael Probst)
(AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Yesterday’s global stock sell-off really started on Friday, when the U.S. suffered its worst bank failure of 2009. Alabama-based Colonial Bank gasped its last breath late Friday. With roughly $25 billion in assets, it was the biggest bank failure since Washington Mutual back in September of last year.

Like WaMu, the FDIC brokered most of Colonial’s burden onto another bank’s balance sheet. BB&T picked up the lion’s share. And just like the WaMu/JP Morgan deal, the FDIC greased the gears by including some kind of backstop provision. In this case, BB&T and the FDIC (read: your tax revenues) will enter a loss sharing agreement on $15 billion in shaky Colonial assets.

Colonial‚Äôs failure took a $2.8 billion chunk out of the FDIC‚Äôs deposit insurance fund. With just $13 billion left — at best — the fund is at its lowest level since 1993. Along with four other banks that failed over the weekend as well, the FDIC has closed 77 banks this year. One more and we‚Äôve tripled last year‚Äôs count.

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