WASHINGTON -- The acting chief executive of the Resolution Trust Corp. said the agency has been getting much higher premiums in recent months for the failed thrifts it has been selling.

Jack Ryan, the agency's acting chief, said at last Thursday's Thrift Depositor Protection Oversight Board Meeting that "a keen interest in these remaining thrifts has pushed up the premiums" that acquirers are paying the RTC when they buy failed thrifts.

Over the past several years, deposit premiums have averaged 2%, but in 1994 they have averaged 7%.

The agency has 21 thrifts left and plans to sell them by the end of September, Mr. Ryan said.

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