US banks richer in deposits thanks to pandemic

US banks richer in deposits thanks to pandemic

Banks gained $2 trillion in just six months.

Last week we spoke about how the pandemic affected the US banking sector. Commercial banks and savings institutions reported a 69.6% loss and reported Q1 earnings of $18.5 billion.

According to Federal Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the banks reached a record of $2 trillion in cash deposits since January. Just in April, the deposits increased by $865 billion – more than it did in a whole year. The increase was set in motion by the government's stimuli and by the Fed's supports of the markets with an unlimited bond-buying program.

The majority of deposits went to top-banks, such as JP Morgan, Bank of America, and Citigroup. Moreover, the banks had customers who are part of the Paycheck Protection Program. Still, according to Bank of America CEO, Brian Moynihan, the checking accounts that had a balance below $5,000 had 40% more money in them before the pandemic.

The report from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis showed that the personal savings rate went up to a record rate of 33% in April, as people had limited options to spend money during the home lockdown. Due to the $1,200 stimulus checks, the personal income grew by 10.5%.

Although some consider this to be a clear sign of an economy recover, others believe that a collapse in Dollar is imminent alongside high inflation. A stock market bubble is in sight.

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Sources: cnbc.com, newsopener.com


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