Based on the ongoing reports of Troubled Banks maintained by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), there is still a historically high number of problem banks in the United States. The FDIC does not have a separate reporting column for Zombie Banks, so in most cases we have to do our own detective work.
We do not really need to look at the FDIC Problem Bank report to know that there are still banking problems based on how most banks are lending and investing. Many banks have resumed investments in the super risky financial derivatives that led to the last financial crisis. It is still difficult for most small businesses to obtain what most would label as "normal" commercial financing and working capital loans. For individuals trying to buy a house, the foreclosure crisis is continuing to make it difficult to get real estate appraisals (for a mortgage) that are not distorted by using foreclosed properties in the property valuation process.
However it is still possible to get a credit card with annualized interest rates of 20% (and much higher in many cases). It is also now easier to get payday loans from several of the bigger banks. Payday lending programs make credit card rates look dirt cheap. It is common to see 300% to 600% as a standard practice payday loan.
Is this why taxpayers saved the banks?