Banks Signal Economic Slowdown Could be Coming

Banks of all stripes have recently shown that a slowdown to the recovery might be coming; total loans and leases by banks and other insured institutions rose by just 3.7% from a year earlier at the end of June; this compared to 6.7% growth in total loans and leases last year; credit-card charge-offs, grew by 24.5% in the second quarter, marking the seventh straight quarterly increase; with the recovery being in its ninth year it isn’t too surprising to see, FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg said in a statement; the 5,800 banks that the FDIC monitors are doing quite well though, their combined net profits in the second quarter were up 10.7% from a year earlier. Source

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