Banks earnings lower due to the pandemic

By: Miguel A. Rodriguez

09:45, 14 September 2020

A despicable first quarter for the US banking sector

The pandemic's effects don't cease to show up and have a significant impact on the financial situation. 

The newest report from the Federal Insurance Corporation states that due to a collapsing economic activity, the lenders wrote off the mandatory debt payments and saved up billions of dollars to protect themselves from future losses. Almost 15% of US bank loans have been categorized as delinquent.

The US banks allocated $38.8 billion to protect themselves from possible future loan losses, a 280% increase compared to the same time last year.

Commercial banks and savings institutions reported first quarter earnings of $18.5 billion, a decrease of 69.6% compared to last year. The community banks had a net income of $4.8 billion. Banks that have assets worth over $10 billion accounted for 80% of the earnings, with top names such as JP Morgan, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup. The number of institutions that reported net losses increased by 7.3% in the past three months – the most significant increase since 2010.

On the other hand, the capital positions of banks increased by 8.5% to $15.8 trillion. Loans and leases went up 4.2% to $11 trillion. 

The FDIC report had an impact over the most important banks: JP Morgan opened lower by more than 0.50%, while Bank of America and Citigroup went down over 0.60% each. Wells Fargo slid 1.10%. 

As markets change, you should stay informed. Visit for more information!


Share this article

This information prepared by is not an offer or a solicitation for the purpose of purchase or sale of any financial products referred to herein or to enter into any legal relations, nor an advice or a recommendation with respect to such financial products.This information is prepared for general circulation. It does not regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation, or the particular needs of any recipient.You should independently evaluate each financial product and consider the suitability of such a financial product, by taking into account your specific investment objectives, financial situation, or particular needs, and by consulting an independent financial adviser as needed, before dealing in any financial products mentioned in this document.This information may not be published, circulated, reproduced, or distributed in whole or in part to any other person without the Company’s prior written consent.
Past performance is not always indicative of likely or future performance. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Financial Services (Pty) Ltd trading as CAPEX.COM/ZA acts as intermediary between the investor and Magnasale Trading Ltd, the counterparty to the contract for difference purchased by the Investor via CAPEX.COM/ZA, authorised & regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission with license number 264/15.  Magnasale Trading Ltd is the principal to the CFD purchased by investors.