S&L deposits plunged $4.6 billion in April

Federally insured savings-and-loan associations reported their worst loss of deposits on record in April. The Federal Home Loan Bank Board said the associations recorded a $4.6 billion depletion of savings accounts, more than twice the March shrinkage of $2.1 billion.

Earlier, mutual savings banks, which account for about a third of the assets of the S&L industry, reported April losses of $2 billion in deposits.

After December, April is traditionally the weakest month for S&L deposits, as depositors take out money to pay income taxes and Easter bills. Apart from seasonal considerations, depositors who seek higher interest rates are buying shares of money-market mutual funds or Treasury bills with money withdrawn from S&Ls.

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