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Wall Street Made Out Like Bandits During COVID, But Now The Party’s Over

BY DYLAN HOUSMAN

 

“Free money” policies exploited by banks to make big profits during the COVID-19 pandemic are winding down as the economy enters a possible recession, Axios reported Tuesday.

The Federal Reserve cut interest rates to almost zero in March 2020 as the U.S. entered the coronavirus pandemic with little knowledge about the effect the virus would ultimately have. Now, interest rates are once again rising, and big banks on Wall Street are seeing their profits dwindle, according to Axios.

JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America have all reported smaller profits than last year since July 14, according to Axios. Thanks to emergency monetary policies enacted by the Fed, those banks saw historic profits in 2020 and 2021 as regulators pumped trillions of dollars into the economy.

 

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