Top U.S. banks shut 64 branches in a single week … are you affected?
By News Editors // Dec 01, 2023

Think the banking troubles were a thing of the past?

(Article republished from WLTReport.com)

Back in April/May, when we had 4 bank failures in one week, that was bad.

Then things died down for the summer and many people thought all was good again….all was fixed!

We told you it wasn’t.

In fact, ever since then we’ve been shouting at the rooftops that now is not the time to get lulled into complacency.  Now is the time to get prepared and get ready for the bigger crash that’s coming!

And the crashes always seem to occur and get worse in the fall and winter.

In other words, we’re in prime territory.

Which is why I wasn’t surprised a few weeks ago when Citizens Bank failed:

That was only two branches.

The news out today is top banks have filed to close down 64 branches in one week!

Folks, I don't care how you slice it, that is NOT a good sign!

PNC Bank leads with 19 branch closures, but JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America are high up on the list too!

But hey, Biden says the economy is doing great!

DERP!

Here is the complete list of PNC closures slated for closure on February 16th:

  • 202 N. Walnut St., Bath, Pennsylvania
  • 301 W. Trenton Ave., Morrisville, Pennsylvania
  • 14 N. Main St., Plains, Pennsylvania
  • Two N. Mill St., New Castle, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 E. 3rd St., Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • 321 Bel Air Blvd., Mobile, Alabama
  • 2811 Eastern Blvd., Montgomery, Alabama
  • 5650 S. Brainard Ave., Countryside, Illinois
  • 2217 W. Market St., Bloomington, Illinois
  • 1949 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield, Illinois
  • 505 W. Liberty St., Wauconda, Illinois
  • 8733 U.S. Highway 315, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 528 Station Ave., Hadden Heights, New Jersey
  • 410 Main St., Orange, New Jersey
  • 115 E. Van Buren Ave., Harlingen, Texas
  • 407 S. Commerce St., Harlingen, Texas
  • 801 W. Kearney St., Mesquite, Texas
  • 1040 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, Ohio
  • 1140 N. Main St., Gainesville, Florida

The Gateway Pundit reports the following is a list of bank branches that have either recently ceased operations or are on the schedule for imminent closure:

  • Wells Fargo. 1155 Union Circle, 2ND FL RM 222, Denton.
  • Wells Fargo. 700 Jackson, Richmond
  • Wells Fargo. 14999 Preston Rd, Building F, Dallas
  • Verabank. 1100 Williams Dr, Georgetown
  • Amerant Bank. 12145 FM 1960 West, Houston
  • Wells Fargo. 3580 Frankford Rd, Dallas
  • Wells Fargo. 1200 Flower Mound Rd, Flower Mound
  • JP Morgan. 213 W Greens Rd, Houston
  • Wells Fargo. 2824 Hillcroft St, Houston
  • Bank of America. 9660 Hillcroft St, Houston
  • Wells Fargo. 1420 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas
  • JP Morgan Chase. 16802 El Camino Real, Houston
  • Capital One. 2301 E. Riverside Dr, Austin
  • Capital One. 2910 S. Lakeline Blvd, Cedar Park
  • Wells Fargo. 11152 S. Gessner Dr, Houston
  • Woodforest NB. 80 Uvalde, Houston
  • JP Morgan. 14114 Dallas Parkway, Dallas
  • Wells Fargo. 1420 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas
  • JP Morgan Chase. 16802 El Camino Real, Houston
  • JP Morgan. 1200 Clear Lake City Blvd, Houston
  • JP Morgan. 3103 FM 528 Friendswood
  • Home Bank. 12941 Gulf Freeway, Houston
  • Home Bank. 251 West Medical Center, Webster
  • Bank of America. 7900 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin
  • First NB. 5671 Treaschwig Rd, Spring
  • First NB. 5671 Treaschwig Rd, Spring
  • Bank of America. 7900 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin

ZeroHedge had more details:

Between Nov. 12 and 18, several banks filed to close branch locations, with PNC Bank with the most filings, according to data from the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank filed for 19 branch closures—five in Pennsylvania, four in Illinois, three in Texas, two each in Alabama and New Jersey, and one each in Indiana, Ohio, and Florida.

JPMorgan Chase followed closely with 18 filings—three in Ohio, two each in Connecticut and South Carolina, and one each in 11 states, including New York, Illinois, Florida, and Massachusetts.

Citizens Bank came in third with eight branch closure filings—six in New York, and one each in Massachusetts and Delaware. Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank filed for seven closures—three in Tennessee and one each in Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Illinois.

Bank of America made five filings—two in New York and one each in Texas, Massachusetts, and California.

Citibank filed for two branch closures, and Sterling, Bremer, First National Bank of Hughes Springs, Windsor FS&LA, and Aroostook County FS&LA made one filing each.

Altogether, banks filed to shut down 64 branches.

The recent closures are part of a long-term branch shutdown trend that has been ongoing over the past several years. A report from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition shows that between 2017 and 2021, 9 percent of all bank branches shut down. The closure rate doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to data from S&P, there were 3,012 branch closures last year and 958 branch openings, leading to a net closure of 2,054 branches. This was the third consecutive year that net closings exceeded 2,000.

One major factor that led to a surge in branch closures is the rise of digital banking, a trend that accelerated during the pandemic when people were stuck at their homes.

A survey by the American Banking Association (ABA) conducted in September showed that 8 in 10 Americans used a mobile device to manage their bank accounts at least once in the previous month.

“Digital banking tools have made it more convenient and more secure than ever for consumers to manage their finances,” Brooke Ybarra, ABA’s senior vice president of innovation strategy, said, according to a Nov. 3 statement.

Cost Saving, Negative Effects

Going digital rather than expanding physical branch locations is also part of a cost-saving strategy for banking institutions. Opening a new site costs millions of dollars and several hundreds of thousands in annual recurring costs.

Most of the operations done via a physical bank can now be done online. Digital transactions are cheaper than the costs incurred in transacting via bank tellers.

On the flip side, the shutdown of bank branches can negatively affect customers, especially in small towns. Due to such closures, many towns have become “bank deserts,” where the nearest bank is more than 10 miles away.

“When bank branches close, there are several adverse effects on the surrounding community. Small business lending and activity in the area declines. More people use alternative financial services that open them to unregulated and predatory financial practices. An important commercial tenant and employer are lost,” the National Community Reinvestment Coalition report said.

“While consumers have embraced mobile and internet banking to one degree or another, they clarify that branches matter to them as well, and without branches nearby, they are more likely to be un- or under-banked.”

A recent survey by Daily Mail found that 51 percent of Americans were either “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about the closure of bank branches.

PNC Bank Closure

PNC Bank registered the largest number of closure filings amid its heightened focus on cost-saving measures. During its second-quarter earnings call, CEO William S. Demchak said the bank is “going to have to take a hard look" at where it can "generate savings ... without cutting the potential for growth.”

At the time, Chief Financial Officer Robert Q. Reilly revealed that the institution was boosting the target of an expense reduction program by $50 million to $450 million. For next year, PNC Bank is targeting $725 million in expense cuts.

This all comes on the heels of an exclusive report I brought you not less than two weeks ago:

Bank of America "Near Insolvent"? Bank Run Possible?

I covered a story last night about the $650 BILLION of "unrealized losses" about to hit the Big Banks in the United States.

Wild story!

I will post that full report below in case you missed it.

But what I really want to focus your attention on is a couple quotes from a Yahoo News article that I featured in that story.

Because it's not getting nearly enough attention....

It's a quote from Larry McDonald saying that Bank of America is INSOLVENT at a 6% Fed Funds rate.

Read that again.

BOA -- INSOLVENT -- in the same sentence!

So, you might be asking, "what is the current Fed Funds Rate"?

It's 5.5%.

Uncomfortably close to INSOLVENT.

Wow.

He was quoted in the article I'll show you below, but he also posted it to Twitter so you can see it right here.

More here:

And then of course you have The Simpsons predicting it in advance:

Bank Runs incoming?

My original report is below, with much more information.

I recommend you read in full and take action IMMEDIATELY if you have significant funds in a bank.

I have a solution for you farther down below.

BOND MARKET CRASH? "Big Banks Have $650 Billion of Unrealized Losses"

Earlier today I brought you the report that Moody's has DOWNGRADED the USA to a "Negative" outlook.

The United States of America.

Unbelievable.

But we've been warning you as loudly as we can that this was coming!

More on that below in case you missed it.

But that's not all the bad news out today....

No folks, it's starting to look VERY ugly almost everywhere you look.

We just had this happen, FEDWIRE going down, major issues, reports of hacking:

It almost feels like they're about ready to shut this current system off and roll us into a new one, doesn't it?

One that uses Gold, Silver and Cryptocurrency?

Hey, what do I know, I could be totally wrong, but sure feels like it to me!

After all, this happened last Friday:

Remember that?

Sure does seem like they love testing these things (or breaking these things) on Fridays, doesn't it?

Things that make you go "hmmmmmm".

But the even bigger story, perhaps, is the impending Bond Market Collapse.

Even if you don't know much about bonds or how they operate, trust me that this is historic, unprecedented, and very, very bad.

Read more at: WLTReport.com



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