Category Archives: Financials

wall street

US Financials in negative territory for the year…

The headlines have not been pretty at a macro level but equities are just about holding up year to date. One would be looking to financials for leadership if markets are to move ahead. But no…..

May 21st, 2014 by

Financials

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Diamond Bob seeks African banking gems….

Ex-Barclays CEO Bob Diamond is putting some serious cash to work in Africa. Whatever about his governance difficulties at Barclays he has always been a very savvy trader.

April 1st, 2014 by

Financials

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Russia: The cost of conquest…..

President Obama talks “red lines” and “costs”. One suspects Russia’s oligarchs are wanting to talk wealth obliteration with Vlad the Invader.

March 14th, 2014 by

Financials

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Bank services face a wave of technology threats…

Banks are not technology companies. They are consumer services companies which have failed that description in multiple ways in recent years. Could real consumer/business technology companies replace many of their services?  

February 28th, 2014 by

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Groundhog Day and ghosts of a crisis past?

Harold Ramis will be missed but Groundhog Day remains etched in the memories of all “90s comedy fans. But….the history of markets would suggest investors often miss events which have a striking resonance with the past.

February 25th, 2014 by

Financials

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China lending continues to explode….

Think about the assist the US Fed and Japan’s BOJ are providing with their monthly asset buying programmes of about $75 billion each. Call it $150 billion of central banking funds  flowing into the system.

February 18th, 2014 by

Financials

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Banks: The gift that keeps on giving….or leaking?

We already pointed out developments in China, as internet companies compete with banks on financial services, but if only competition were banks’ solitary problem. Technology and data is today’s battle ground and banks are struggling for focus.

February 10th, 2014 by

Financials

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Bank sector slipping into the danger zone….

We wrote yesterday about the decade low fees earned this January by investment banks but even in the more traditional lending market the sector is facing new competition.

February 6th, 2014 by

Financials

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Does it get more difficult from here for investment banks…?

Despite the levitation of asset prices over the last 5 years investment banks generally have had a tough time on regulation, litigation and lower trading volumes. And just as you thought the worst was behind them…..

February 5th, 2014 by

Financials

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Argentina about to deliver Spanish bank pain….?

And just when things were going so swimmingly. The current FX storm in emerging markets has a variety of characters but Argentina is leading the way with an overnight 13% clubbing of the peso.  

January 24th, 2014 by

Financials

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