Tuesday, July 27, 2010

 Low interest rates start to hit profits at large banks

The Federal Reserve's monetary policy of maintaining low interest rates for an extended period has helped boost earnings at banks such as JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America. However, the policy is starting to make it more difficult for the major lenders to generate profit. "That's the gift from the Fed," Christopher Whalen, co-founder of Institutional Risk Analytics, said of the interest rate. "But at the same time, the cash flow on your assets eventually starts to re-price and match the low-rate environment. The zero-rate environment is eventually bad for everybody." Bloomberg

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