Banking CEOs, You Cannot Change Colors

The declaration of first quarter earnings is over. Like everybody else I was interested in updates from our banks. I was expecting another round huge loses and write downs, and downsizing. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending upon whether you believe the results, that was not the case. Most of the major banks showed profitability. I have reserved this argument for later. I was intrigued by the comments coming out of the banking CEOs. The CEOs of all major banks, viz., Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Well Fargo, BB&T (and may be more) have criticized governments heavy handedness and continued interference in the way these esteemed folks run their banks. This criticism was directed particularly at TARP program in which these banks took money from.

When government instituted the TARP program, these same bank CEOs were happy to take liquid capital to shore up their balance sheet. These CEOs were happy to take practically zero interest money from government. At that point in time, when panic set in (if we can call it?): continue reading rest of the article….

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