Andy Peters writes about regional banks, consumer finance and debt collections for American Banker. He also co-writes the Morning Scan column. He has previously written for Bloomberg and for the Daily Report, a legal newspaper in Atlanta. He got his start in journalism as an editorial intern for The New York Times.
Closing branches might be good for cost control, but it can also diminish the ability to gather core deposits. Banks with $2 billion to $10 billion of assets — which are ranked here by three-year average returns on equity — are learning this the hard way.
The subprime lender could lose a big partner now that Fiat Chrysler has officially announced it will form its own auto finance unit, and the two are negotiating an end to their 6-year-old relationship.
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.