Financial Services ETFs Trade Near Highest Levels of 2016

Heading into this year, many market observers expected four Fed rate hikes, a number that subsequently dropped to two and now, in the eyes of some experts, zero.

Related: Financial Sector ETFs Maintain Momentum

“Income and revenue both increased from a year ago,” FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg said in a statement. “Loan growth remained strong, the number of unprofitable banks was at an 18-year low,” reports Reuters.

The largest American banks may have to set aside more cash to strengthen balance sheets as a way to obviate further shocks, potentially putting additional strain on the financial sector and related exchange traded funds.

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