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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
53.5% Retail Banks 28.7%
17.3% Wells Fargo & Company WFC 15.2%
14.2% U.S. Bancorp USB 27.1%
10.0% PNC Financial Services PNC 47.5%
6.0% BB&T Corporation BBT 24.9%
1.5% Capital One Financial Corporation COF 29.2%
1.2% KeyCorp KEY 62.5%
1.1% Regions Financial Corporation RF 56.3%
1.0% SunTrust Banks Inc. STI 34.0%
1.0% Fifth Third Bancorp FITB 41.2%
29.5% Financial Conglomerates 47.7%
15.8% JP Morgan Chase & Co. JPM 42.6%
5.7% Bank of America Corp BAC 72.5%
5.6% American Express Company AXP 35.2%
2.5% Citigroup Inc. C 51.4%
8.9% Investment Banks 59.2%
6.0% Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (The) GS 52.2%
2.9% Morgan Stanley MS 74.0%
4.1% Custodian Banks 31.8%
3.1% The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. BK 24.3%
1.0% State Street Corporation STT 55.0%
4.0% Insurance Providers 21.9%
3.0% American International Group Inc. AIG 20.2%
1.0% MetLife Inc. MET 26.8%

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