More optimistic about the recovery, big banks trim the reserves they set aside to cover bad loans

Oct 14, 2020
But if we're in for a double-dip recession, they'll need to set aside billions more than they currently have on hand.
Big banks, like JPMorgan Chase, are feeling more confident about the economic recovery after solid third quarter earnings.
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Why big banks are reporting better-than-expected earnings during the pandemic downturn

Oct 14, 2020
Quarterly earnings for big banks like Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase are beating expectations thanks to a soaring stock market.
Citigroup's net income of $3.2 billion, or $1.40 per share, topped analyst expectations for the third quarter.
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Banks set aside billions, expecting big consumer loan defaults

Jul 15, 2020
At the end of the first quarter of this year, U.S. consumers were a record $14.3 trillion in debt.
A view of the "Fearless Girl" statue on Wall Street. Americans' indebtedness is affecting banks' balance sheets.
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SBA temporarily shuts out big banks and businesses from Paycheck Protection Program

For eight hours, only smaller banks were able to process applications.
How can regulators make sure small businesses are the ones getting this money?
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House subcommittee scrutinizes diversity at biggest banks

Feb 12, 2020
Reforms after the financial crisis haven't brought dramatic change.
Has Wall Street really become more diverse since the 2008 recession?
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Bank CEOs ask Congress to loosen capital requirements

Apr 11, 2019
For the first time since the financial crisis, the CEOs of the largest US banks testified to the House Financial Services Committee. James Gorman of Morgan Stanley, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America’s Brian Moynihan asked Congress to lower the high capital requirements. They say the rules, put in after the financial crisis, […]
CEO of Citigroup, Michael Corbat (L), chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon (2ndL) and others are sworn in to testify before the House Financial Services Committee on accountability for mega banks on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on April 10, 2019.
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As relaxed regulations spur credit union memberships, banks cry foul

Apr 3, 2019
The two sides will meet soon in federal appeals court.
At the Move Your Money March in the downtown Los Angeles financial district in 2011, Occupy movement members called for people to move their money from banks to credit unions.
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With Fed giving Wells Fargo good marks on its financials, the bank tries to look beyond recent scandals

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Here’s what bank earnings tell us about the economy

Apr 12, 2018
The fundamentals of this economy are strong right now but you wouldn’t always know it from the stock markets lately. Volatility has been the word of recent weeks. But on Friday big banks including JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup are expected to show strong profits. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.