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  • Financials

    An investor’s guide to financial intermediation and key risks

    Financial intermediation can result in concentration of risks that increase the fragility of the financial system. These risks are referred to as systemic risks.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    How Does MGIC Investment Compare to Its Peers?

    The peers outperformed MGIC Investment based on the forward PE ratio. However, MGIC is way ahead of its peers based on the PBV ratio.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    First Horizon Reported Mixed Results in 3Q15

    First Horizon National has a market cap of $3.23 billion. After the earnings report in 3Q15, it fell by 1.2% to close at $13.80 per share as of October 16, 2015.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    How Does First Horizon National Compare to Its Peers?

    First Horizon outperformed its peers based on the forward PE ratio and PBV ratio. The ETFs outperformed First Horizon based on the price movement.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing BB&T Corporation’s 6 Operating Segments

    BB&T Corporation’s (BBT) operations are divided into six business segments. Community Banking contributes 46% to the total revenue.

    By Rekha Khandelwal, CFA
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    Fund Managers

    Baupost Group Lowered Its Stake in Ocwen Financial

    The Baupost Group lowered its position in Ocwen Financial (OCN) during 4Q14. The position accounted for 1.77% of the total portfolio in 4Q14.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Banks Relying Heavily on Interest-Related Income Suffered

    In the third quarter, banks that relied heavily on interest-based income suffered, reporting record-low net interest margins.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Sectors to Avoid if Inflation Rises

    Telecom services and utilities, the traditional dividend stars, have provided a fillip to US equities in 2016.

    By David Ashworth
  • Financials

    Why the yield curve impacts bank profitability

    Historically, a flatter yield curve had an adverse impact on the financial institutions’ returns. It lowered their net interest margins. The Fed continues to stress an accommodative monetary policy. The policy and strong overseas demand have kept yields low at the long end of the curve. As a result, the difference between 30-year and five-year Treasury yields fell to 154 basis points on September 5, 2014.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Financials

    Bill Gross: Unfortunately, We Aren’t Playing Monopoly

    In Monopoly, the $200 of credit creation never changes. In the real economy, credit creation isn’t guaranteed to occur at the same pace each year.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Consumer Sentiment Index Surges to 2.9% Following Trump’s Win

    In contrast, however, weak data were reported for U.S. employment, the preliminary University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index[2. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index is a consumer confidence index published monthly by the University of Michigan. The index is normalized to have a value of 100 in December 1964. Each month at least 500 […]

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing Dodd–Frank’s Constraints in the US Financial Market

    While Donald Trump wants to get rid of the Dodd–Frank Act, especially the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Hillary Clinton wants to retain it.

    By Penny Morgan
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    Healthcare

    August’s Labor Force Participation Rate Came In at 62.8%

    Both the labor force participation rate, which came in at 62.8%, and the employment-population ratio, which came in at 59.7%, were unchanged in August.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Could the Rise in Retail Sales and CPI Impact Portfolios?

    The United States Census Bureau published the US retail sales report for June on July 15. Retail sales rose 0.6% in June on a month-over-month basis.

    By David Meyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Wells Fargo: Capital Return Outpaces Its Peers

    Wells Fargo (WFC) added 350 million shares to its share repurchase authorization in January 2016.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Wells Fargo: What Sets It Apart from Its Peers?

    Wells Fargo (WFC) is the largest mortgage lender in the US, operating primarily as a retail and commercial bank. It is been the most profitable bank in its peer group, posting a return of 10% on shareholder’s equity and ~1.3% on assets in 2015.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Miscellaneous

    GICS Sector ETFs: Investors Run for the Exits!

    During last week’s volatile trading session, investors pulled money out of all but two US GICS Sector ETFs. All of the sectors closed in negative territory.

    By Meikel Mokry
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Real Estate Bubble: George Soros Shows Why It Will Burst

    According to George Soros, the Chinese property and construction bubble can grow and feed itself like in the United States in 2005–06.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Will Bank of America’s Buyback Plan Impact Shareholders?

    On March 18, 2016, Bank of America (BAC) reported that its board of directors has authorized the repurchase of shares worth $800 million.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Miscellaneous

    How Honest Dollar Will Boost Tech Capacity for Goldman Sachs

    Goldman Sachs (GS) is adding more technology to its investment banking arm with its acquisition of Honest Dollar, an Austin-based digital retirement savings tool.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at the Role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was established to protect consumers’ interests by implementing federal consumer financial laws.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Zero-Bound Money Restricts Credit Growth

    Credit growth has started to slow in the Us. From the 12% annualized growth rate of commercial and industrial credit in 2014, the rate is currently around 10.8%.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Miscellaneous

    What Is the Dodd-Frank Act?

    The Dodd-Frank Act is a financial reform legislation passed in an attempt to prevent events similar to the 2009 financial crisis from occurring again.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Understanding the Fed’s Financial Regulations Post-2008 Crisis

    Since the financial crisis, the Fed has enforced regulations for the capital strength and liquidity of 16 systematically important financial institutions.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Banks’ Asset Quality Is Improving, Dodd-Frank Act Is Working

    3Q15 earnings offered strong signs that the Dodd-Frank Act is working. Banks are focusing on building their balance sheets and enhancing asset quality.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Earnings Report

    US Banks’ Capital Market Revenues Fell in 3Q15

    Global market uncertainty took a toll on US banks’ capital market revenues during 3Q15.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Banks Cut Costs and Improved Efficiency to Remain Profitable

    In order to boost profitability in a low–interest rate environment, banks are reducing expenses by restructuring their businesses.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Earnings Report

    MGIC’s Revenue and Income Rose in 3Q15

    MGIC Investment (MTG) has a market cap of $3.4 billion. After the earnings report in 3Q15, it rose by 4% to close at $10 per share as of October 15, 2015.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is SunTrust Bank’s Stock Undervalued?

    SunTrust Bank’s return on equity is 8%, which is 18% lower than the industry average.

    By Rekha Khandelwal, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    BB&T to Expand Its Footprint in Ohio and the Mid-Atlantic Region

    BB&T’s Susquehanna acquisition will significantly expand BB&T’s Mid-Atlantic footprint. The deal is valued at ~$2.5 billion. It will close in the second half of 2015.

    By Rekha Khandelwal, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    BB&T’s Community Banking Is Impacted by Low Interest Rates

    BB&T’s Community Banking segment offers a variety of loan and deposit products and other financial services. The segment’s net interest income decreased in 2014.

    By Rekha Khandelwal, CFA
  • Financials

    2008 financial crisis management—Dodd-Frank Act

    As a result of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010. The Act includes provisions for enhanced liquidity. It also includes provisions for capital and risk-management requirements for large financial intermediaries.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Analyzing the key trends at recent Treasury bill auctions

    Last week, the week ended June 13, the U.S. Treasury held weekly auctions for four-week, 13-week, and 26-week Treasury bills for $30 billion, $25 billion, and $23 billion, respectively.

    By Phalguni Soni
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