Bank Failures Push the Year's Tally to 110

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WASHINGTON -- The shutdowns of five banks at the end of last week brought the total for the year to 110, with $38.1 billion in assets, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said.

The figures are in line with the FDIC's latest projections for insured commercial bank failures in 1992 - 100 to 125 institutions with $40 billion in aggregate assets. Those estimates were reduced from a previously anticipated 200 to 239 failure of institutions with $86 billion to $116 billion in assets.

$1.4 Billion in Assets

After dealing with more than 200 failures each year from 1987 through 1989, the FDIC saw 159 bank closings in 1990 and 108 last year.

The most recent handful of failures had $1.4 billion in total assets, including $548 million at First New York Bank for Business and $472 million at Metro North State Bank in Kansas City, Mo.

Merchants Bank of New York agreed to assume $493 million of the deposits and $85.6 million of the assets of First New YOrk, chartered in the mid-1970s as First Women's Bank. It was unable to overcome problems in its commercial real estate loan portfolio.

Metro North State Bank was closed and reopened as a government-run bridge bank called New Metro North. W. Ronald Dietz was hired to run the bank.

This is Mr. Dietz's third assignment at a troubled institution. Most recently, he headed American Savings Bank, a $3. …