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Bye-Bye, Bad Loans, Hello Big Bank Stocks

Sometimes, size really does matter. During the financial crisis the US government declared that 19 financial institutions were systemically important, or “too big to fail.” And they backed it up with the $700B Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). As a result, those 19 institutions can now benefit from a view that they have an implicit US Government guarantee. That perception lowers their risk profile and borrowing costs, delivering an immediate implied subsidy of as much as $83 billion a year.[1] The six largest banks control 67% of all U.S. banking assets, and Bank of America accounted for about a third of all business loans by itself last year. If these institutions were “too big to fail” back in 2008, then now they may be “too colossal to collapse.” And that could be a gigantic advantage. See more
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Weight Segment & Stocks Symbol 1 MO / 1 YR Return
54.6% Retail Banks 31.5%
18.2% Wells Fargo & Company WFC 16.5%
14.5% U.S. Bancorp USB 32.2%
9.8% PNC Financial Services PNC 44.0%
6.1% BB&T Corporation BBT 35.6%
1.6% Capital One Financial Corporation COF 22.8%
1.2% Regions Financial Corporation RF 80.5%
1.1% KeyCorp KEY 57.8%
1.0% SunTrust Banks Inc. STI 53.0%
1.0% Fifth Third Bancorp FITB 50.6%
28.8% Financial Conglomerates 50.5%
15.6% JP Morgan Chase & Co. JPM 51.1%
5.7% Bank of America Corp BAC 71.2%
5.3% American Express Company AXP 31.2%
2.2% Citigroup Inc. C 39.9%
9.0% Investment Banks 60.1%
6.2% Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (The) GS 53.7%
2.8% Morgan Stanley MS 74.8%
3.9% Insurance Providers 20.6%
2.9% American International Group Inc. AIG 18.3%
1.0% MetLife Inc. MET 27.4%
3.8% Custodian Banks 28.3%
2.9% The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. BK 26.3%
0.9% State Street Corporation STT 34.6%

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