October 2008: The global financial crisis led major banks to make acquisitions in an effort to shore up deposits and stave off systemic collapse. Wells Fargo aquired Wachovia; Bank of America acquired Merrill Lynch and Countrywide; J.P. Morgan acquired Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual. In addition, some floundering banks were sold off in pieces post-crash, creating a hodgepodge of disintegrated banking structures.
We've found that it's often harder than it should be to find data on banks in the United States. Because of this, we've compiled simple views on data, such as this one on asset size.
We've found that gathering data on income on banks and credit unions is often more difficult than it should be. To make things easier, we've gathered data on both interest income and non-interest income from the National Credit Union Association (NCUA) and displayed it here. Feel free to use it in your research.
We've found that it's harder than it should be to find a list of the top banks according to total deposits, so we've gone ahead and created one. The data is from FDIC as of March 2017. Feel free to use this as a resource in your research.
CFPB RFI Around Consumer Access To Financial Records Draws The Battle Lines Between FIs And Aggregators
On November 14 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced an inquiry into the challenges consumers face in accessing, using and securely sharing their financial records. This came on the heels of CFPB director Richard Cordray telling a Money 20/20 audience in October that the agency believes consumers should be able to access their financial data and give permission for third party companies to access it as well. The bureau was acting in the wake of high profile cases where banks — including Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America — cut off access to third-party sites and apps like Mint.