If the government is putting a safety net under most banks, it should be a good time to invest, right? Not so fast.
According to Gerard Cassidy, a banking analyst with RBC Capital Markets, up to 1,000 of the nation’s 8,400 banks could fail over the next three to five years if the economy worsens. That’s right. 1,000 banks could fail.
We found the projection so intriguing that we invited Mr. Cassidy to join us on Fast Money.
For certain, Cassidy's prediction is a worst case scenario and we're all hoping that the new Financial Stability Plan prevents anything like that.
(Click here to check out the FDIC Failed Bank List.)
In fact, Cassidy tells Fast Money he’s particularly interested in the part of the new bank plan that involves giving a stress test tobanks before giving them funds. “It’s going to be very interesting to see how they do the stress test,” Cassidy says. Depending on the criteria, it could really reveal where the problems are.