Fears deal boom is coming to an end as US banks post drop in profits

Fears deal-making boom is coming to an end as Wall Street giants JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley see profits drop

JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley posted a disappointing drop in their profits, in a sign that the pandemic-era deal-making boom was coming to an end.

The Wall Street banks unveiled worse-than-expected results for the second quarter of the year, as firms pulled back from raising capital and put mergers and acquisitions on hold.

Major investment banks have raked in record fees since the pandemic began, acting for corporate clients who were desperate to buy rivals on the cheap or raise cash from investors to see them through lockdowns.

Profits shock: Wall Street banks JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley unveiled worse-than-expected results for the second quarter of the year, as firms put mergers and acquisitions on hold

But as the cost of living crisis has deepened, putting pressure on firms’ profit margins and expansion plans, the work for investment bankers has begun to tail off.

JP Morgan said it had ‘temporarily suspended’ its share buybacks, used as a way to return money to share- holders, so it could quickly meet regulatory requirements demanding that it build greater capital buffers to cover its losses if the economy nosedived. 

The bank posted a profit of £7.3billion, missing expectations.

Boss Jamie Dimon said the US economy was continuing to grow, and that consumer spending was looking relatively healthy. 

But he added that factors such as ‘geopolitical tension’ and high inflation would have ‘negative consequences on the global economy… down the road’.

Morgan Stanley’s profits hit £2billion, falling short of the £2.3billion analysts expected.

Chief executive James Gorman said: ‘Overall, the firm delivered a solid quarter.’

But the lender expects to pay out a £170million fine to regulators after it was found that bankers were using unofficial channels such as Whatsapp to communicate about company business.

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