More On The Credit Crisis

This is a great article that talks about the fact that JP Morgan’s earnings were good may look like lending has increased but it hasn’t.  “Today the disastrously managed credit card business threatens to be a major impediment in the economic recovery because the only way the banks can extricate themselves from the mess they have created is literally to shut down the industry. They may not view it that way, but their customers do. When you punish your best customers, the ones who pay on time and pay far over the monthly minimum, by (1) forcing them to pay higher interest rates, despite the lowest interest rates in the country in over fifty years, (2) increasing their monthly payments (3) shortening the payment terms and (4) reducing or even cancelling their credit lines, you are saying you don’t want to be in the business. ”