Zombie banks

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What are ‘zombie banks’ The term ‘zombie bank’ was first introduced by Edward Kane in 1987 to describe a bank that has a negative net worth but still continues to operate. A negative net worth means that the fair value of assets is lower than the total value of liabilities. Zombie banks usually have large amounts of non-performing assets on their balance sheets making them unprofitable. A loan is considered to be a non-performing asset if no principal payments or interest have been paid for 90 days and is therefore seen to be in jeopardy of default. The fair value of an asset that is considered non-performing is considerably reduced. Zombie banks usually continue to operate until their financial situation is resolved or they are run…show more content…
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