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Too Big to Fail


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 YR Return
38.3% Financial Conglomerates 0.4%
19.7% JP Morgan Chase & Co. JPM 2.4%
9.2% 8xxxxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
4.8% 8xxx 8x 8xxxxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
4.6% 8xxxxxxxx 8xxx 8 88.8%
31.1% Retail Banks 8.7%
10.7% US Bancorp USB 0.1%
7.1% 8xxxx 8xxxx 8 8xxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
5.1% 8xx 8xxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
3.2% 8xxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
2.1% 8xxxxxx 8xx 8xxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
2.0% 8xxxxxxx 8xxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
0.9% 8xxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
21.1% Banks 18.1%
10.9% HSBC Holdings PLC HSBC 16.0%
4.4% 8xxxx 8xxxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxxxxxxx 8xx 8xxxx 8xx 88.8%
4.0% 8xx 8xxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
0.9% 8xxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxx 8xxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
0.9% 8xxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxxx 8xxx 88.8%
4.1% Diversified Financials 8.5%
3.1% 8xxxxxxx 8xxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xxx 88.8%
1.1% 8xxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
3.0% Custodian Banks 17.4%
3.0% 8xx 8xxx 8x 8xx 8xxx 8xxxxx 8xxxx 8x 88.8%
2.3% Investment Banks 18.7%
2.3% 8xxxxxx 8xxxx 8xxxx 8xxx 8xxxx 8x 88.8%
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