Like many of the community banks they serve, bankers' banks have hit a rough patch.

Silverton Bank of Atlanta, the largest of the nation's nearly two-dozen bankers' banks, posted record profits last year after it beefed up its lending and aggressively expanded into new markets. But it is headed for a loss in 2009, because roughly $183 million of loans it either shares with or has bought from community banks are not performing.

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