Bang Up Banks

While rising long-term interest rates will hurt banks by reducing the value of their bond portfolios, that will be a one-time hit and banks are exceptionally well capitalized and will easily withstand the losses. Conversely, a widening spread between short-term rates and long-term rates will boost bank profits on new loans as banks generally borrow short-term money from depositors and lend long-term to borrowers, pocketing the difference.

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