Consolidation Among U.S. Commercial Banks

Consolidation in the U.S. commercial banking sector has led to a substantial declines in the number of banks available for banking. According to the Federal Reserve Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Economic Research report titled “Commercial Banks in the US.” the number of banks has fallen to 4,900 current. That is a decline of …

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On the Performance of Foreign Bank Stocks Year-To-Date

Among the foreign bank ADRs, emerging market banks have performed very well so far this year relative to their developed world peers. This is not surprising since most emerging markets are up by double digit percentage points this year and financials are the main drivers of growth in these markets. As the pillars of the …

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On the Decline in Market Value of Big Global Banks

Some of the major European banks have seen their market values decline substantially this year. The STOXX® Europe 600 Banks Index is down about 33% year-to-date in Euro price terms. A few individual banks have lost much more. The following graphic from a recent journal article shows the serious damage to market capitalization of the world’s …

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