Two swallows do not necessarily make a summer, but US banks JP Morgan and Wells Fargo are chirpy over prospects for the US housing market. Both reported a surge in mortgage lending in the quarter to September. JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon said: “We believe the housing market has turned a corner.”
This follows the Federal Reserve’s decision to print new dollar bills worth $40 billion (€30.5 billion), once a month, and use them to buy mortgage debt from the banks. In theory, this will encourage them to make new loans and juice the US economy.