Higher credit card use drives up US consumer borrowing | Bank profits increase but so does bad debt | US banks dominate global financial system
September 11, 2019
Risk Management and Insurance
Higher credit card use drives up US consumer borrowing
US consumers added $23.3 billion to borrowing in July, the largest monthly increase since November 2017, according to the Federal Reserve. The biggest factor was credit card borrowing, which increased $10 billion.
The Associated Press (9/9) 
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Bank profits increase but so does bad debt
The US banking sector reported $62.6 billion in profits during the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 4.1% from 2018 and a new record, according to numbers released from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Bad debts also increased with banks writing off $12.8 billion more than a year ago.
Reuters (9/5),  Politico Pro (subscription required) (9/5) 
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Consumers still falling short on identity theft protection
Some consumers are still not taking precautions to protect themselves from identity theft, according to a CompareCards survey. Only 9% of consumers say they have frozen their credit, and many haven't reviewed their credit reports.
CNBC (9/6) 
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Government Regulation
Fed's Quarles proposes revisions to stress capital buffer rule
Regulations that require banks to have a stress leverage buffer and prepay a year's worth of dividends should be removed, Randal Quarles, head of supervision at the Federal Reserve, said in prepared remarks. Quarles is proposing other options, one that would require banks to keep more capital during economic downturns and another that would raise the amount of minimum capital a bank needs after annual stress tests.
Reuters (9/5) 
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JPMorgan's new index measures effect of Trump's tweets on interest rates
The "Volfefe Index" created by JPMorgan Chase will measure the effect of President Donald Trump's tweets on the financial market, particularly interest rates. "This makes rough sense as much of the president's tweets have been focused on the Federal Reserve, and as trade tensions are broadly seen as, first and foremost, impactful on near-term economic performance and, likewise, the Fed's reaction to such developments," JPMorgan officials said in a report.
CNBC (9/9) 
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