Much attention has been paid lately to corporate inversions, in which U.S.-based multinational corporations move their parent companies to countries where taxes are lower. Past attempts to curtail such tax avoidance have had some success, but companies always find a way around the new rules. Would lowering tax rates in the U.S. help?
It's a fast track, and mutual funds have pulled away from the pack in the race for our investment dollars. Part of the surge can be explained by commercial banks' entry into a race they've previously been shut out of.
With deposits falling and loan demand rising, what’s a bank to do? Many banks are selling securities to fund loans, others are turning to their local Federal Home Loan Banks.
Since the 1930s, when commercial and investment banking were first split apart, the rationale for such a separation has been called into question. Today, it may finally be time to reunite the two and let banks diversify into other lines of business.
The numbers provide clues to project when commercial and industrial vacancy rates will finally peak in several District metro areas.
Are they dangerous or benign? Indispensable or iffy? A business-wise method of hedging risk or a disreputable means of speculating? Some plain talk about derivatives.
With industry consolidation continuing apace, economists are increasingly being tapped to provide insight into regulators’ least-favorite game: Monopoly.
Declining interest rates and improved asset quality set a bountiful table for banks in the Eighth Federal Reserve District in 1992. A look back at a satisfying year in banking.
Strategy is not without its risks.
The walls confining banks within state borders appear to be tumbling down. For many states, that will mean very little. For others, it could mean a great deal.
How can Americans find and afford health insurance? The private sector offers some innovative answers.
Spurred on by low interest rates and a growing economy, homebuilding in the Eighth Federal Reserve District is booming. Can it last?
After 15 years of fine tuning, adjustable rate mortgages have now secured a foothold in the U.S. mortgage market. Find out why ARMs rate so highly with homebuyers and lenders.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) recently released a proposal that would change the way financial institutions set aside funds to cover losses on loans, debt securities and other assets. Under current accounting rules, the allowance for loan and lease losses is based on incurred losses; the new model, if adopted, would require the allowance to be established for losses expected over the life of the loan based on current and future economic conditions, historical losses, and other factors.
The Dodd-Frank superseded and extended the coverage of the FDIC’s popular TAG program, which is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2012. Opinions are divided among numerous bankers, banking organizations, lawmakers and others on whether TAG should continue or terminate.
Money market mutual funds (MMMFs) were subject to some modest regulatory changes in 2010, but many observers argue that the industry is in need of a more substantial overhaul. The $2.9 trillion MMMF industry is objecting, pointing out that the effects of the 2010 reform should be thoroughly examined before further changes are adopted and that radical changes would threaten the industry’s survival.
Despite being around for nearly a century, industrial banks have been in the spotlight only in the past couple of years. That's largely because of who wants to own them—big-box retailers like The Home Depot and Wal-Mart.
Looking for a better way to measure investment risk? Duration could be the answer.
Market value accounting is a serious attempt to bring bank accounting practices out of the Dark Ages. But modernizing accounting practices won’t come easily or cheaply.
Until mid-1997, the tigers of Southeast Asia were the envy of the economic kingdom. So what happened? It’s not a simple “tail” to tell.
This year has been a great one for major league baseball. In the game of personal finances, however, it’s been a bust. Why are so many Americans swinging for the fences, but whiffing instead?
Earnings are up but so is loan delinquency
The slight uptick in bank earnings experienced by District banks and their U.S. peers in the third quarter did not carry over into the final quarter of 2011.
Earnings and asset quality remained weak throughout the Eighth District in the second quarter.
Bank earnings rose dramatically in the Eighth District and U.S. peer institutions in the first quarter of 2011, primarily because of a sharp drop in funds set aside to cover future loan losses.
Two “Dialogue with the Fed” public events—one in English and one in Spanish—explored the reasons behind Europe’s sovereign debt crisis and what the implications may be for the United States.
After a large increase in the first quarter of 2011, earnings growth at District banks came to a standstill in the second quarter.
In response to tight credits and a still-weakening economy, District banks and their U.S. peers continued their descent in the third quarter.
Bank earnings were up moderately at the national level but were mixed in District states in the second quarter of 2012, while asset quality improved once again across all states. Overall, the District and national banking industries are in considerably better shape now than they were one year ago.
Earnings and asset quality at District and U.S. banks continued their downward slide in the first quarter of 2009.
After two straight quarters of slight improvement, profitability at Eighth District banks dipped in fourth quarter 2009.
Smaller banks spend proportionately more on compliance, yet don’t perform better than larger ones, at least in one key metric.
Talk about changing Social Security used to be political poison. But increasing recognition of the program’s long-term problems has put reform near the top of the national agenda.
Will the Treasury Department’s new inflation-indexed bond prove to be the bond “with the Midas touch”?
Is the United States losing its edge in world markets? Should the federal government step in to help our industries compete? The answer to both questions is probably not.
Millions of Americans are hooked on the convenience of ATMs. But ready cash is getting more expensive. Should policymakers butt in or let the marketplace decide?
The mutual fund feeding frenzy has enticed many bankers to venture into investment waters. Will they sink or swim?