Mutual holding companies are becoming a dying breed as federal regulations have changed and have led to the disappearance of the previous potential benefits to shareholders. Mutual thrifts have been converting from mutual ownership to public stock ownership at a fast pace. We have described in one of our previous Top Ideas on Beneficial Mutual Bancorp how banks going through a thrift conversion (either the first or second step) are one of the more conservative ways for investors to earn attractive risk-adjusted returns in the market and in the banking space. The market continues to overlook these opportunities as large investors have too much capital to put into small converting community banks and the majority of other shareholders are either...
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