Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How Banks Gough Consumers and Make Money (Chart)

You have probably been reading about how banks are raising credit card interest rates -- even on their best customers.

On the other hand, if you want to buy a certificate of deposit (CD) you might be shocked to learn that banks are lowering interest rates on six month certificates of deposit.

Nationally 6 month CD rates have fallen to 1.48 percent, down from 1.69 percent -- 3 weeks ago. A year ago six months CDs were running at 3.03 percent.

Bank interest rate margin spreads are widening all over the place. This is how banks make boat loads of money. They leverage up the interest rate curve to take advantage of the artificially low interest rates being create by the FED (a standard procedure by the FED in a recession). And, they gough (?) consumers coming and going.

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