Investors are pouring billions into new financial infrastructure as a new wave of demand for financial services rises.
But they are also being asked to shoulder the cost of an infrastructure that has yet to materialise.
In the first quarter of 2019, the number of banks lending rose by a further 7.2 per cent to a record 9.5 per cent of all credit card lending, according to Credit Suisse data.
But it was an increase that was not matched by a corresponding rise in lending by other major lenders, the bank’s chief executive, David Cote, said in an interview with Bloomberg.
This is a time of real, rapid change in our economy, he said.
The pace of change is more rapid than at any time in our history, Cote said, noting that credit card payments had quadrupled between 2007 and 2019, from $15 billion to $34 billion.
A key driver of the increase is the rise in interest rates, which rose to 10.5 basis points from 8.75 last year.
Credit card payments have been rising at a rate of 10 basis points a year since the end of the global financial crisis in 2008.
The average interest rate has risen by about 1.2 basis points in the last five years, according for the bank.
“Credit card transactions are not a new trend, they are a product of the banking system,” Cote told Bloomberg.
“The growth of credit card transaction volumes is unprecedented, but the growth of new credit cards is not.”
The trend is not in favour of lending.
The growth in credit card volumes is the result of consumers wanting to do business with businesses, and that has changed.
“The banks are not buying credit, they’re buying a variety of loans.
At the same time, the average loan is not growing in line with the overall economy.
Lenders are spending on new facilities, including credit cards, with the exception of a single building in London that opened in 2020.
The building was intended to be used as a research and development facility for the credit card company, but Cote has said it will not be used for lending.
Bank of America has invested $8.4 billion in a new building, the first in the US in five years.
It will be the second-largest office building in the world, and the fourth-largest in the United Kingdom, according, according the bank, with a workforce of approximately 50,000.
Meanwhile, the big banks have started building the infrastructure for the new wave in their own name. “
In the coming five years we are expected to invest at least $6 billion in new and expanded facilities, and invest at the pace of up to $7 billion annually over the next five years,” the bank said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the big banks have started building the infrastructure for the new wave in their own name.
The largest bank, JPMorgan Chase, said it would spend $3 billion on new office space over the course of the next three years, including the purchase of the $4.9 billion Credit Suse Bank building in New York.
Other banks, such as Wells Fargo, have also spent billions building offices for the purpose of lending, including in Hong Kong and Singapore.
In January, Citi announced that it was buying the $10 billion U.S. office building at a cost of $4 billion.
Citi CEO Brian Moynihan said at the time that the acquisition would help boost lending to the U.K., Ireland and Germany.
According to CreditSuisse, a bank with $6 trillion in assets, credit card and banking debt is the fourth most important source of debt for its clients.
“With its strong base of credit, the banks have a very robust presence in the financial services sector and are likely to continue to provide their services in this area,” Cite said.