US banks have taken on some $2 billion in bad debt after crisis
US banks are taking on some of the largest, most toxic debt in the banking industry after the financial crisis.
Banks have racked up $2.4 billion in toxic debt since the crisis began in 2008, according to an analysis by Bloomberg.
That includes a combined $1.8 billion in junk bonds, including $1 billion in corporate bonds.
In its most recent annual report, the Federal Reserve said it is looking at adding $1 trillion of new debt, or about $1,500 per person, over the next decade to address “challenges to financial stability” caused by the crisis.
But there’s also the $1-trillion-plus in debt that banks and financial companies have accumulated in recent years, which is being added to their balance sheets, and the $4.8 trillion in assets that they hold.
The problem is that these financial assets can be used to fund risky activities that can cause more harm than good, including money laundering, tax evasion and tax evasion schemes, according the report.
“The more toxic assets are piling up, the more leverage there is that the banks can extend to their businesses,” said Brian Deese, an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Bank of America, the world’s largest bank by assets, said it’s now weighing adding $800 billion of new money to its balance sheet.
The total amount of toxic debt for US banks is now $5.5 trillion, up from $3.9 trillion in 2013.
The number of toxic loans has more than doubled in the past three years, from $2 trillion to $6.2 trillion.
The trend is similar for the value of credit card debt.
The total amount is $7.5 billion, up slightly from $6 billion in 2013, according Bloomberg.
Credit card debt has been on the rise in recent decades, rising more than 200% in the last 30 years.
The financial crisis has left many people worse off than they were in 2008.
The average American owes about $26,000 in credit card debts.
The new toxic debt adds to the problem.
Banks and financial firms are now paying interest on these toxic debt because they can’t use the money to finance the loans they made to consumers.
That money has to be lent out to other companies.
That is, the money is coming back to the banks to lend out, and some of that money is getting used to finance businesses that have failed.
“You see it all the time, it’s not just credit card issuers, it is the businesses that were left in the hole, or failed,” Deese said.
The banks and credit card companies are now trying to buy up toxic assets in an effort to turn a profit, but that can only work if the companies have a way to keep borrowing from the banks.
“If you can’t borrow from the government, it means you’re not going to get repaid,” Dease said.
That’s where the banks get their money from, and they can use that money to pay interest to banks that lent the money out to the businesses.
The problem is, there are no guarantees in the banks’ ability to repay the loans.
Some of the banks that are taking out toxic debt have borrowed money from companies that have been bought up by other banks, which means they have to pay the companies back.
“If they can get their loans back, and if they can be repaid, that could be a very good thing,” Dees said.
“But there is a very high likelihood that the borrowers will not be able to repay.”
That’s because the toxic assets that the companies were buying up before the crisis are no longer available to repay.
The government has been unable to repay their debt because of the debt-ceiling crisis that began in 2009.
“It is clear that these institutions are getting out of the business of lending to consumers and into the business to pay back their lenders,” the Fed report said.
The crisis also left companies unable to pay off their debt.
“That’s going to cause the banks, and ultimately the lenders, to look elsewhere for credit to finance their operations,” Deess said.
What’s more, there is no clear way for banks to pay their bills while they are in bankruptcy.
So banks can’t meet their obligations.
For the banks and lenders, there’s no clear solution.
Banks are losing billions of dollars every year, but some of those losses are being offset by a rise in their profits.
The financial industry is hurting from the downturn in the stock market, and there is growing uncertainty about the economy.
“In the absence of a strong economic recovery, we could see some of these companies, if they are still able to operate, go out of business and those are the ones that are the worst-off, Deese says.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the news.