WFC does not have the core drivers gas to justify its stock surge. EPS beat was on reserve releases and restructuring needs to continue. Still some small progress on business/asset sales. Move to Neutral on stock, Sell on benchmark bonds. Regulatory and counterparty risk remains High.
Big banks 2020 10Ks are out and we conduct our annual ALM reviews. Rates got crushed in net interest income as asset yields fell faster than liabilities. Asset volumes could not make up for the deficit though noninterest income hedged it better for some big banks like JPMorgan.
CCAR II gets banks back into the stock buyback game even with higher losses. But some may be delayed due to their regulatory consent orders like WFC and Citi. Credit cards hit big banks more. CRE hits regionals more. More a driver of stock prices than the rest of the capital structure, although perpetual preferreds should rally more.
Big banks rounded out the annual GS Financials conference, and all are looking ahead to happy days as the vaccines roll-out in 2021. BAC sees more consumer spending, Citi getting ready for new CEO and consent order implementation, and JPMorgan looks for asset management expansion deals.
U.S. regional banks look forward to vaccines, but hate the sight of low rates. Foraging for fee income is the way to survive with some better positioned than others.
Recent risk management panel focuses on the operational risks and more complex SOFR compounding calculations as LIBOR transitions away in 2021.
LIBOR deliberations &discussions have been as coherent as a pub imbibed dissertation on alternative views as to the start of the universe. In other words, another Federal Reserve bobbling of the goals and aspirations for a more equitable benchmark rate market. And wasn't that supposed to be the improvement after the LIBOR scandals. Yikes again. Thanks Fed!
Equity markets and related options for single stocks and indices have been rocked by the Big Tech stock/options squeeze undertaken by Softbank. There will be big negative impacts to providers of equity derivative protection as the big banks and brokers in the US and Europe get snagged in the Softbank stock snafu.
A new generation of investors are learning the equity valuation lessons the hard way as unrealistic and way too high equity valuations are coming crashing down in the Big Tech stock/options world. And there is spillover effects to Big Banks equity/debt & counterparty/regulatory risk as these banks provided the volatility chum that the Japanese Whale craved. Please join us for this excellent capital structure webcast jointly presented by New Constructs (our equity valuation specialist) and Viola Risk Advisors.
Peter Plaut is our Viola Risk Advisors collaborator covering Global Multi-Asset Strategies across investment grade corporate bonds, high yield & distressed bonds, real estate development projects, litigation finance, toll roads and other illiquid private placements. His debut article discusses the hoped for recovery in the global hospitality industry.