U.S. banks shattered earnings records in the second quarter of 2018, reeling in $60.2 billion in revenue with the help of the corporate tax cuts passed last year, according to federal data released Thursday.
The second quarter net income of U.S. banks rose 25 percent from the same period in 2017 for a $12.1 billion increase, the data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) says.
The FDIC attributed the record-breaking haul to lower tax bills for banks and higher net operating revenues as the economy grows at a quicker pace. Banks have set records for quarterly revenue in each of the past two three-month periods, a new peak for a years-long boom in financial sector profits.
The FDIC said tax savings were responsible for $6.5 billion of the $12.1 billion increase in bank profits since the second quarter of 2017. Banks also boasted larger loan balances and a decrease in delinquent debt owed.
Higher interest rate margins largely driven by Federal Reserve rate hikes helped banks score $134 billion in net interest income in the second quarter, a record-breaking $10.7 billion annual increase from 2017.
The financial sector has enjoyed a slew of beneficial moves from Washington since President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE took office. Republican lawmakers and Trump-appointed regulators have steadily reduced restrictions on banks through legislation and rule rewriting efforts, ten years after the financial crisis cratered the U.S. economy.