Banks reported $6.4 billion in trading revenue in the third quarter, down 3.6% from the previous quarter, on falling interest rate and foreign exchange revenue, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said.
Banks are swapping out long-term holdings for short-term securities to manage interest rate risk. But in the process, they are sacrificing yield — and ammo they might need to pay more for deposits to retain customers.
In a sign of broader competition ahead, bigger banks are raising the interest they pay on deposits held by business customers. The big question is how hard will it be for banks to maintain margins and to stave off consumer demands for better rates.