JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs Profit Surge is an Accounting Mirage, Not a Sustainable Sector Trend
It takes more than two to make a trend.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. .... yesterday ..... became the second major U.S. investment bank – following Goldman Sachs Group Inc....... – to this week report windfall profits for the second-quarter. That’s helped fuel a four-day advance in U.S. stocks that’s seen the Dow Jones Industrial Average surge 7%.
Unfortunately, these two decidedly positive developments don’t necessarily indicate that better days have arrived for the U.S. banking sector.
To the contrary, many analysts – including Money Morning Investment Director Keith Fitz-Gerald – say these profits are merely a mirage created by an obscure accounting rule that allows banks to transform “toxic debt” on their balance sheets into income.
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It's good to see the mainstream financial media starting to call out these turkey trots and side with the investors instead of the usual corporate media prostitution.