Banks have reaped enormous profits since the Federal Reserve announced its third and latest round of quantitative easing last month — speaking debate over the Fed’s recent agreement to purchase $40 billion in mortgage bonds a month.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, who negotiated QE3, defended his plan on Monday following critiques from Gov. Mitt Romney and others that the Fed was keeping interest rates “artificially low. ” Bernanke said that QE3 would not result in long-term inflation.
“For banks which are mortgage originators this was some of the best news they could have possibly heard,” Deutsche Bank mortgage specialist Steven Abrahams told The Financial Times. “They will continue originating loans and selling them into the market at a significant premium.” [FT]