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posted by martyb on Tuesday June 15, @07:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the I'll-take-it! dept.

Banks to Companies: No More Deposits, Please:

U.S. companies are holding on to billions of dollars in cash. Their banks aren’t sure what to do with it.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit last year, corporate executives rushed to raise money. Banks have been holding that cash ever since, and because companies are reluctant to borrow from them, they can’t turn it into income-generating loans. That has weighed on banks’ profit margins, and some have started pushing corporate customers to spend the cash on their businesses or move it elsewhere.

Bankers say they thought the improving economy would reduce companies’ desire for holding cash, but deposit inflows have continued in recent weeks. Chief financial officers and treasurers, many still wary of the pandemic’s impact, say they aren’t ready for big changes, even if they earn little or nothing on their deposits.

[...] Top of mind for many big banks is a rule requiring them to hold capital equivalent to at least 3% of all assets. Worried about the rule’s impact during the pandemic, the Fed changed the calculation in 2020 to ignore deposits the banks held at the central bank, but ended that break this March. Since then, some banks have warned the growing deposits could force them to raise more capital, or say no to deposits.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 16, @03:48PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 16, @03:48PM (#1145957)

    You're not wrong, but listening to that drivel is even worse. I'll be dumber for it afterwards, have a headache, and will have had to spend mental cycles on listening to something that is categorically bullshit.

  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Friday June 18, @03:27AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 18, @03:27AM (#1146829) Journal

    out of control government spending

    Anytime I hear this I tune out.

    Sorry, that's a solid indication you're the one with the thinking problem. Every time I hear that sentiment explained, the person follows up with economic unicorns - things like helicopter money and other retarded bullshit where (in particular) control over money creation somehow can fix decades of irresponsible decisions overnight.