This video of US Bancorp CEO Richard Davis on CNBC is good in getting to the motivations and thinking of bank CEOs now repaying TARP monies. Davis sounds articulate, well-prepped and diplomatic and makes a lot of sense. You couldn’t ask for a better spokesperson to make the case.
The bottom line: Big banks exiting TARP can now say they have ‘done their duty’ by taking TARP as requested, issuing FDIC-insured bonds as required. But now, with the banking system on its way to health, it is time to return to business as usual. As far as most big banks are concerned, the financial crisis is over.
Note: Davis is supportive of the Obama regulation plans as most bankers seem to be. He also mentions that loan demand is falling. As Richard Koo suggests, it is demand, not lending which will reduce credit.