On June 15, 2016, FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg provided remarks on the improvements to the US financial system and the economy as a result of the regulatory reforms that have been implemented since the financial crisis. He noted that there has been strong loan growth at US banks, and that it is outpacing GDP growth and other measures of household and business credit, suggesting that banks would be better positioned to extend credit in the event of economic distress. Gruenberg further noted that bank earnings have improved since the financial crisis and that almost two-thirds of all institutions reported higher earnings in 2015 as compared to 2014, despite economic challenges that the industry has faced, suggesting an improvement in bank profitability. Despite changes in the way corporate and Treasury bond trading is conducted, Gruenberg suggested that post-crisis market liquidity for such bonds has not declined and that liquidity conditions are strong. Gruenberg insisted that bank loan growth suggests the relative importance of banks as the ultimate holder of the credit risk associated with loans despite the increase in nonbank lending activity. He stated that banks are better capitalized and better able to absorb losses, and thus that the financial system is more resilient and more stable than before the crisis.
The speech is available at: https://www.fdic.gov/news/news/speeches/spjun1516.html.