Editors' picks for the week include an article on the interest rate hike, and an analysis of the banking industry's projected improvement in profitability under Donald Trump's presidency.
US could see multiple rate hikes in 2017 as economy moves out of 'danger zone'
The U.S. central bank raised its key interest rate as widely expected, but projections that there will be multiple rate hikes in 2017 came as more of a surprise to some market observers.
Delinquencies rise on CU balance sheets with used auto showing weakness
Total delinquencies for U.S. credit unions started to tick up slightly in the most recent reporting period, with used vehicle loans showing continued weakness.
Trump policies could offer big lift to earnings for US banks
Bank earnings could receive a shot in the arm if the incoming U.S. presidential administration gets its way on changes to the corporate tax rate and regulation.
Consumer regulator's prosecutions raise risk of fair-lending downgrades
If Wells Fargo & Co.'s Community Reinvestment Act rating is cut by two notches, it would be a historic development. It also might be part of a wave of downgrades driven by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau prosecutions.
Banks take advantage of Trump bump, raise common equity
Banks and thrifts have been taking advantage of increased investor interest by executing follow-on common equity offerings, and investment bankers believe initial public offerings in the sector are on the horizon.