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Major banks’ earnings may be affected by credit card worries, impacting their financial outlook.

Earnings Outlook for Major Banks Amid Credit Card Concerns

JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:) & Company, Citigroup Inc (NYSE:), and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:) are set to release their Q3 2023 earnings results on Thursday, October 13. The upcoming earnings season comes amid three key trends in the credit card industry that could impact the revenues of these issuers.

Rising Credit Card Losses

Goldman Sachs has warned of credit card losses rising at a rate unseen in nearly three decades, excluding the Great Recession. These losses are predicted to deepen until late 2024 or early 2025. However, the New York Fed reports total overdue debt balances are surprisingly low, sitting well below pre-pandemic delinquency levels.

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Tightening Credit Conditions

Tightening credit conditions remain a concern, with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis revealing that 36% of domestic banks tightened credit card loan standards in Q2 2023. The American Bankers Association’s Q4 2023 Credit Conditions Index anticipates a weakening of credit quality and availability for both consumers and businesses through the end of 2024.

Shifting Consumer Preferences

The Conference Board’s Expectations Index signals a decline in consumer sentiment, which could steer consumers to shift to less risky debit cards from credit cards. This shift could potentially curtail credit card volume growth and impact issuers’ revenues if credit cards’ share of spending declines. Bank of America has already noted this trend.

Despite positive indicators like a stronger-than-expected jobs report and cooling inflation, these concerns persist. The earnings coverage of these credit card issuers will be keenly observed as they navigate these challenges in the coming quarters.

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