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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 19.3%
18.5% Wells Fargo & Company WFC 8.7%
14.2% U.S. Bancorp USB 21.0%
9.4% PNC Financial Services PNC 21.8%
6.4% BB&T Corporation BBT 26.7%
1.7% Capital One Financial Corporation COF 19.3%
1.2% KeyCorp KEY 43.6%
1.2% Regions Financial Corporation RF 54.8%
1.1% Fifth Third Bancorp FITB 36.4%
1.0% SunTrust Banks Inc. STI 29.3%
28.0% Financial Conglomerates 25.9%
15.1% JP Morgan Chase & Co. JPM 31.2%
5.6% Bank of America Corporation BAC 33.4%
5.0% American Express Company AXP 8.3%
2.3% Citigroup Inc. C 11.6%
9.3% Investment Banks 30.0%
6.5% Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (The) GS 30.8%
2.8% Morgan Stanley MS 28.3%
4.1% Insurance Providers 9.3%
3.1% American International Group Inc. AIG 5.8%
1.1% MetLife Inc. MET 19.5%
4.0% Custodian Banks 14.7%
3.1% The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. BK 14.6%
0.9% State Street Corporation STT 15.2%

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