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  • How to Play International Banking

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: BCS, HBC, UBS

    HSBC (ADR) (NYSE: HBC) is a U.K. banking giant, and giant is no overstatement. The bank has assets of over $2.7 trillion and offices in over 80 countries. Compare this to Bank of America's $2.2 trillion and Citigroup's $1.8 trillion. However, despite being the second-largest bank in the world by assets, the bank isn't invincible. HSBC tumbled some 5% last week on news more »

  • You Should Beware These High-Dividend Payers

    By Federico Zaldua - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: BBVA, SAN, HBC

    Some European banks have been great dividend payers in a zero interest rate world. At current market prices, Spanish banks such as Banco Santander (NYSE: SAN) and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (NYSE: BBVA), mostly known as BBVA, offer 8.5% and 4.6% cash dividend yields, respectively. But are those dividends sustainable? Let's analyze each case separately and offer a viable solution.

    High-dividend champion

    Banco Santander's Chairman, Emilio more »

  • A Proposed Portfolio of High-Quality European Banks

    By Federico Zaldua - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: DB, HBC, SCGLY.PK

    With clear signs of macroeconomic improvement in the Euro-zone, I think its time to start looking at its banking sector. European banks are not only the most sensitive sector in the economic cycle but also they trade very cheaply compared to their US peers (there is an average 42% price to tangible book discount to US banks.) On average, European banks sell for 80% of their tangible book value. In more »
  • Market Discounting Higher Rates

    By Damian Illia - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: EWBC, HBC, USB

    The market has moved in expectations of a first rate hike to November 2014 ahead of the US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) policy meeting. The Fed is path dependent in view of the inflation close to the 2% target and unemployment ranging 6.5% to 6.8% by 2014. In addition, Bernanke clearly stated: “the key point I've tried to make today is that our policies are tied more »

  • Billionaire Ken Fisher’s Cheap Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, HBC, JPM, PFE, WFC

    Billionaire Ken Fisher, a long-running columnist for Forbes, also runs the asset manager Fisher Asset Management. We track this fund’s activities alongside those of hundreds of hedge funds and other notable investors, using their quarterly 13F filings to help us develop investment strategies; we have found, for example, that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds earn an average excess return of 18 percentage points per year more »

  • Market Discounting Higher Rates

    By Damian Illia - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: EWBC, HBC, USB

    The market has moved in expectations of a first rate hike to November 2014 ahead of the US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) policy meeting. The Fed said it will downsize its QE purchase pace in view of inflation heading more towards its long-term target of 2%, and not below it, and unemployment ranging 6.5% to 6.8% by 2014. In addition, according to an interview that Charlie Rose more »

  • These 3 Banks Are Back on Track

    By Shweta Dubey - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: DB, HBC, JPM

    With an improving housing sector, a rising employment rate, and more flexible monetary provisions, the banking sector has experienced some relief in 2013.  Yet future topline growth will face some challenge due to lower interest margins and slow loan growth rates. Banks are countering this sluggishness with better expense control and more favorable lending for its customers.  Let's take a look at 3 banks and their plans to sustain more »

  • JPMorgan, Citigroup In Africa: How It Affects You

    By Frank Midega - June 5, 2013 | Tickers: C, HBC, JPM

    JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) is taking an aggressive stand in Africa. America’s largest bank, with regard to asset size, has made inroads in Africa as it tries to tap into a market that many other multinational corporations are already exploiting.

    Kenya’s Business Daily, the financial services newspaper for Nation Media Group, East and Central Africa’s largest media house, reports that JPMorgan has been given approval to open more »

  • Citigroup Is Cheap Right Now

    By Shazir Mucklai - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: C, HBC, JPM

    Citigroup (NYSE: C) has long been hailed as the bank that delivers results. Citigroup did exceptionally well in passing the “Stress Test”; it passed with flying colors. The bank posted an 8.3% Tier 1 common-capital ratio, the highest in its respective industry. These tests show how banks would do under severe economic conditions.

    This is just one of the many exceptional qualities that Citigroup possesses as of right now more »

  • Consider These Financial Giants for Your Portfolio

    By Nauman Aly - May 6, 2013 | Tickers: COF, C, HBC, ING

    While some consumers may be shying away from credit, others are continuing to see the benefits, and that's keeping revenue and profits high for large payment processing companies like Capital One Financial (NYSE: COF). This entity, that operates as a bank holding company for the Capital One Bank, is focused on three primary segments -- credit cards, consumer banking, and commercial banking -- and is the sixth largest U.S. bank more »

  • Rising From the Ashes: A Global Financial Sector ETF on a Roll

    By Jeff Stouffer - April 30, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-A, HBC, IXG, JPM, WFC

    The constant bad news about the U S economy tends to obscure some positive investment performers. After all investment performance is not directly tied to economic performance.

    The iShares S&P Global Financial Sector Index Fund (NYSEMKT: IXG) is an exchange-traded fund that holds 221 financial stocks, and according to the chart below, allocates the portfolio among countries throughout the world.

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    A day does not go by when we hear more »

  • The Best Dividend in Banking

    By Marshall Hargrave - April 29, 2013 | Tickers: BCS, HBC, RBS

    HSBC Holdings (NYSE: HBC) is a British multinational banking giant. The bank has over 6,600 locations in 81 countries. Its core businesses include commercial banking, investment banking, retail banking and wealth management.

    HSBC has a truly global footprint, and its business is evenly spread out among the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Each region contributes one third of HSBC's revenues. Besides its strong global brand and reach, the company more »

  • A Sampling of the United Kingdom's Banks

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: HBC, LYG, RBS

    When most people think of economic problems in Europe, they probably think of Greece’s debt problems, the uncertainty in Spain and Italy, or the more recent Cyprus bailout deal. But one country is also showing slow economic growth despite not being in the eurozone. Following a major banking system bust, the U.K. has implemented austerity measures designed to curb the country’s deficits even as the economy remains more »

  • Developments in Southeast Asian Insurance

    By Peter Pham - March 9, 2013 | Tickers: HBC, EWH, MFC, PRU

    During the last 5 years the South East Asians are increasingly coming to understand the merits of insurance. Thus, multinational insurance companies are now becoming more confident to make huge investments in these emerging SE Asian Markets. For instance, AIA Group (1299.HK), Manulife (NYSE: MFC) and Prudential PLC (NYSE: PRU) are now competing for mid-size acquisitions in the South East Asian region totaling up to $1 billion. And there more »

  • Will Citigroup Return to Its Former Glory?

    By Binu Buvaria - March 6, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, HBC, JPM

    Citigroup (NYSE: C) is a company which provides a large gamut of financial services that includes retail banking, investment banking, asset management, and corporate banking to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions worldwide. The departure of Vikram Pandit as CEO of Citigroup has become a positive catalyst for the company. It seems that the former manager was not so efficient. Hence, the company was quite unstable with no growth in shareholders more »

  • HSBC: Foundation of Solid Fundamentals

    By Michael Hendricks - February 13, 2013 | Tickers: HBC

    HSBC Holdings (NYSE: HBC) has recorded an impressive 30% run-up since September alone.  Investors may be wondering if this house is built of straw or bricks.  The recent market pull-back could be the buying opportunity the conservative investor has been waiting for.

    Investors are concerned with two types of risk: loss of capital and inability to produce adequate returns.  HSBC is a house of bricks built on these foundational priciples more »

  • Southeast Asia Insurance Continues to Attract Growth Capital

    By Peter Pham - February 4, 2013 | Tickers: C, HBC, IDX, SLF

    Investors and insurers are swooping in on Asia’s insurance industry for acquisitions, encouraged by a low rate of penetration in the region’s emerging markets at a time when European banks, in need of cash, are exiting the sector. Insurance has become a relatively hot sector for M&A activity in Asia, with deals involving ING, HSBC and others.  Southeast Asia’s strong economic growth and very favorable demographics more »

  • European Banks Counting on China for Growth

    By Peter Pham - January 26, 2013 | Tickers: HBC, JPM, UBS

    The banking industry seems to have set its eyes on the Asian Market. UBS AG (NYSE: UBS) recently launched its locally-incorporated unit in China, which will allow it to conduct business in areas like wealth management. UBS operates brokerage and mutual fund joint ventures with local partners along with private equity units. The Zurich-listed bank is the first Swiss bank to set up a wholly-owned subsidiary in China.

    China is more »

  • Don't Worry, This Financial's Results Weren't so Bad

    By Lee Samaha - January 23, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, COF, DFS, HBC, WFC

    We have all heard all we can possibly take on the subject of banks, loan quality, off balance sheet accounting and such matters over the last few years. I won’t attempt to add anything new to the discussion other than to make one key observation concerning Capital One Financial’s (NYSE: COF) recent results. Before I get to that I will summarize that I thought the recent results were more »

  • 3 Financial Headlines You Can't Ignore

    By Bill Edson - January 23, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, HBC

    News about financial stocks is truly the theater of the absurd. I could never have imagined it, and I would never have predicted it.

    Since their outcomes are unpredictable and unimaginable, it is reasonable for investors to swear off financial stocks altogether. Investors who cannot bring themselves to abstain from an entire sector should only allocate very small amounts of capital to what are clearly speculative bets.

    AIG Considering Suing more »

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