The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has formalized a rule that prohibits banks from refusing to offer loans or other services to firms in potentially controversial industries. The banking industry largely opposes the rule which will likely be called back by President-elect Joe Biden's administration before it is entered into the Federal Registry.
Goldman Sachs is partnering with digital payments firm Marqeta to offer checking accounts through its consumer banking unit, Marcus. Marqeta's technology will help the bank provide virtual debit cards and allow customers to tap real-time information about their spending.
JPMorgan Chase has reported $12.1 billion in fourth-quarter net income, or $3.79 in earnings per share, up from $2.57 per share in Q4 of 2019 and well past analysts' expectation of $2.62 per share. The jump is attributed to strength in trading and investment banking.
US banks face a challenging earnings season as the outlook for 2021 remains uncertain. Although government support for the economy and robust trading revenue have shielded banks from the worst fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, analysts expect fourth-quarter reports to show earnings under pressure and rising impairment costs.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell indicated that the central bank has no intention of tightening US monetary policy or paring back its bond-buying program any time soon. Powell said that now is "not the time" to think about ending central bank support for the economy given that inflation and employment are tracking below target.
The Treasury Department has decided not to take any action on removing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from government conservatorship before the Trump administration ends. The Biden administration is not expected to take action on re-privatizing the firms.
President-elect Joe Biden says he will ask Congress to act swiftly to provide $1.9 trillion in immediate relief to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The package includes aid to states and cities, additional unemployment benefits, larger direct payments to Americans and a minimum wage increase.
Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., was not granted a waiver to continue her placement on the House Financial Services Committee after having prioritized seats on the Oversight and Reform and Natural Resources committees in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Porter was a frequent critic of the financial industry while on the HFSC.
Quick staff meetings at the beginning of each workday can create focus, purpose and an understanding of everyone's challenges and successes, writes Naphtali Hoff. He offers six rules for leaders to create stand-ups that are productive, consistent and help employees provide "excellent service or care to their customers and clients."
Get the latest on business issues and regulatory changes without leaving your desk. CBA Webinars connect you with industry experts, executive-level bankers and senior regulatory representatives, who share their unique perspectives on what's happening in retail banking. From branch transformation to mobile payments, there's something for everyone. Visit our website to view upcoming webinars, as well as previous on-demand webinars you can view anytime.