Disinfo: The US economy is decimated by the pandemic: 34 banks lose 700 billion dollars


The US banks lost 700 billion dollars due to the COVID-19 pandemic


The article carries misinformative title which differs from its content. It suggests that the US banks have already lost 700 billion dollars due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The title is a deliberate misinterpretation of the results from the annual stress test of the Federal Reserve Board. According to the 2020 Annual stress test, in the worst case scenario, the top US banks could lose up to 700 billion dollars. This scenario would occur only if unemployment rates remain high and the economy does not bounce back from the downturn in the first two quarters of the year. Even in such scenario, this will not have the critical repercussions to the banking sector in the US, as the article is suggesting.

The article follows the series of disinformation narratives of the decline of the US as global and economic power.


  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Bulgarian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus


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