The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Thursday is expected to announce that the Bank Insurance Fund's reserve ratio dipped slightly in the fourth quarter.

The reduction would support recent warnings about the reserves from FDIC Chairman Ricki Helfer. While small, it would be the first drop since 1992, when the industry began rebuilding the bank fund's reserves. The ratio peaked at $1.31 for every $100 of domestic deposits on Sept. 30.

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