Industry Reports

CCAR 2015: Banks Pass, Fed Fails!


Most observers of CCAR 2015 are applauding the stressed capital results with a white-flag pass.  We think the results show that the Fed’s test is too academic and not very meaningful in light of what banks really need to do, which is generate solid core operating profits.  On many fronts the banks are weak, and the Fed’s CCAR methodologies simply fail to make a difference.

U.S. GSIBs 4Q14 Review: Still An Uphill Core Business Battle


A tough quarter for most of the big trading & lending GSIBs with lower net income reported by four of the six. Morgan Stanley reported positive net income only because of a tax benefit offsetting operating losses.  Three of the six GSIBs reviewed missed consensus estimates even after adjustments. 

Born on the Bayou - U.S. Bank Energy Exposures 2015


Banks are never fully out-of-the-woods, or the Bayou swamps of Louisiana for that matter, when it comes to various types of risk including credit, interest rates, markets, capital, liquidity and operational. It seems that they skip from risk-sitch to risk-sitch every 18 – 24 months without fail, where yesterday’s great lending or trading opportunity sours and becomes tomorrow’s great investor and risk manager’s nightmare. And the U.S. banks are familiar with the &l

Why a Fortress-Balance Sheet Matters to the C-Suite


Bank executives challenged by complexity and unintended consequences related to the Dodd Frank Act and Basel III implementation (Legal, Organizational, Valuation, Infrastructure)

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