June 22, 2012
Tags: banking, banks, economic crisis, moody's
Rev 6:5,6 NCV When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse, and its rider held a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard something that sounded like a voice coming from the middle of the four living creatures. The voice said, "A quart of wheat for a day's pay, and three quarts of barley for a day's pay, and do not damage the olive oil and wine!"
“…the manipulation of money and goods is soon to be revealed as the main method of control imposed upon society by the Antichrist.”
-Jim Bakker in “Prosperity and the Coming Apocalypse”
Moody’s marked down several major banks including Citigroup and Bank of America in the United States and Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and HSBC in the United Kingdom. Lloyds of London also had their ratings cut.
In addition to Citigroup and Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs were issued downgrades.
JP Morgan Chase, despite a two notch downgrade, is still the highest rated bank with an A2 rating.
The cost to the banks of the downgrades could run into the billions. Morgan Stanley estimated the downgrade could cost the bank nearly $6.7 billion in one-time collateral and termination payments. Goldman Sachs estimates a $2.2 billion loss. Bank of America said they could suffer a $2.7 billion dollar hit.
The cost to the banks could be higher in the long term because investment partners might seek out higher rated banks for their investments.