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Banking Bailout

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First Financial gets sweet deal on Irwin Financial's bank assets

It’s good to be among the favored few, those blessed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to scoop up the remnants of failed banks. Because it was on the FDIC list of approved buyers, Cincinnati-based First Financial Bancorp was able to acquire Columbus, Ind.-based Irwin Financial Corp.’s banking operations under terms that would make any deal-maker proud.
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FDIC fee hitting small banks particularly hard

Fees imposed on U.S. banks to rebuild a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. fund nearly depleted by scores of bank failures is expected to sap profits of small financial institutions. Community banks with less income than their larger counterparts are particularly at risk of having their 2009 earnings erased by the charges after an emergency fee on banks took effect June 30.
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