Bank of America’s consumer loans grew a lot. But its rivals? Not so much. The mixed results raise questions about whether BofA’s performance is a leading or trailing indicator, and if credit quality is going to be more of a problem industrywide.
Competition for deposits is heating up as summer approaches, and banks are responding in all sorts of ways — from launching digital-only platforms to raising CD rates to reviving debit rewards. But rising interest rates could weaken demand for loans, especially mortgages.
The numbers are better but still disappointing for such a healthy economy, lamented executives from large U.S. banks. Some are scratching their heads, some are remaining upbeat about the second half of the year, and others are focusing on Plan B.