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

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