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The iShares S&P Global Financials Sector Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of companies that Standard & Poor's deems part of the financial sector of the economy and important to global markets, as represented by the S&P Global Financials Sector Index. The index is a subset of the Standard & Poor's Global 1200 Index.
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Wednesday, Feb 1912:51 PM
Wednesday, Feb 1912:51 PM| Comment!
- Invesco (IVZ) PowerShares announced that it will be shutting down 4 ETFs that had failed to gain traction in order to make way for new funds.
- The PowerShares KBW International Financial Portfolio (KBWX), MENA Frontier Countries Portfolio (PMNA), Dynamic MagniQuant Portfolio (PIQ) and Lux Nanotech Portfolio (PXN) will all close at the end of trading today.
- In totally these ETFs each had at least 3 years of trading, with PXN launching in 2005, but together had only $67 million in total assets.
- Related ETFs: PDP, QUAL, PWO, SIZE, IPF, IXG, AXFN, GAF
Monday, Jan 272:54 PM
Monday, Jan 272:54 PM| 6 Comments
- “It is now obvious to us that the continuing objective of the Obama administration and the U.S. Attorney General is to punish banks and finance," writes Daivd Kotok's Cumberland Advisors, explaining a decision to underweight the banks.
- The firm previously had been overweight the regionals via the KRE and just two weeks added exposure to the larger lenders through the KBWB, but has quickly decided to reverse that move. "We were wrong" in thinking the "persecution" of the banks was near over, says Cumberland.
- "The investment strategy we pursued for our clients in this case was not to confront the U.S. Attorney General with an overweight position in a sector that he views as adversarial.”
- Related ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, PSP, IYF, EUFN, IAI, KIE, IPF, IAT, SEF, IYG, IAK, PFI, FXO, IXG, KBWB, PEX, KME, RKH, QABA, FINU, KCE, KRU, RWW, KBWR, FNCL, RYF, KBWI, PSCF, FEFN, AXFN, KBWP, KRS, FINZ, EMFN, KBWC, KBWX
Monday, Jan 135:09 AM
Monday, Jan 135:09 AM| 2 Comments
- The Basel Committee for Banking Supervision has eased the way banks will have to report leverage ratios, or the amount of capital they hold against their loans and other assets.
- The regulations will not force banks to count 100% of their off-balance-sheet assets, such as much of their exposure to derivatives, and guarantees and letters of credit.
- That alterations will lower the need for banks to sell assets or raise capital to meet the Basel leverage-ratio requirements, which might be set at 3% or higher from 2018.
- The Stoxx Europe 600 Banks index is +1.5%.
- Major banks: RBS, HSBC, BCS, DB, CS, UBS, GS, JPM, C, MS, WFC, USB, BK, SAN, BBVA, LYG, NMR
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, EUFN, IPF, SEF, IAT, IYG, PFI, FXO, IXG, KBWB, KME, RKH, QABA, KRU, FINU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, FNCL, PSCF, AXFN, KRS, FINZ, EMFN, KBWX
Sunday, Dec 222013, 2:41 AM
Sunday, Dec 222013, 2:41 AM| Comment!
- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has extended some its swaps regulations to foreign financial firms that do business in the U.S., including for clearing and data reporting requirements connected to transactions.
- However, these are areas that overseas authorities believe shouldn't fall under U.S. rules, and the CFTC's decision could lead to further criticism of American overreach.
- ETFs: EUFN, IPF, IXG, AXFN, EMFN, KBWX
Wednesday, Nov 272013, 1:42 PM
Wednesday, Nov 272013, 1:42 PM| 1 Comment
- American Express (AXP +0.4%), Discover (DFS +0.3%), U.S. Bancorp (USB +0.2%), and Wells Fargo (WFC -0.1%) are best positioned to be allowed large capital returns (about 70%) after the Fed's early 2014 stress tests, says Credit Suisse's Moshe Orenbuch, while Ciitgroup (C +0.2%) and PNC Financial (PNC +0.9%) are likely to show the biggest improvement from last year.
- Overall, his team expects large cap bank capital returns to be 65% next year vs. about 48% in 2013. The median dividend payout ratio is expected at 22%, level with this year.
- Orenbuch notes the CCAR will be tougher this time around - notably by assuming a global, not just domestic meltdown, and assuming a significant reversal in the property market - with commercial real estate exposure particularly harshly judged.
- Balanced against that and likely winning, however, are far stronger capital positions of the banks, says Orenbuch.
- Financial and banking ETFs: FAS, XLF, FAZ, UYG, KRE, KBE, VFH, IYF, IPF, SEF, IAI, IAT, IYG, FXO, PFI, IXG, KBWB, RKH, QABA, KCE, FINU, RWW, KRU, RYF, KBWR, AXFN, PSCF, KRS, FNCL, FINZ, KBWX, KBWC
Wednesday, Sep 252013, 4:36 AM
Wednesday, Sep 252013, 4:36 AM| Comment!
- The EU's top 42 banks need a further €70.4B ($95B) of capital to comply with Basel III core-capital regulations, the European Banking Authority estimates.
- By the end of last year, the combined gap had been cut by €29.1B compared with six months earlier.
- The rules, which are due to come into effect in 2019, require that banks hold a core-capital buffer of at least 7% of their assets on a risk-weighted basis.
- Banks will also need to maintain a leverage ratio of 3% of their total non risk-weighted assets from 2018. The shortfall for this requirement is €106.6B.
- Banks include: BCS, HBC, DB, LYG, RBS, SAN
- ETFs: AXFN, KBWX, IPF, IXG, EUFN
Thursday, Jun 202013, 5:36 AMEurozone finance ministers are due to decide today when and how the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) can be used to bail out distressed banks, with the issue one of the vital elements in creating a European banking union. The Eurogroup will decide how much a government would have to contribute to a bailout in its own country, who would take haircuts, and whether the ESM would become a shareholder in an institution it rescued. |Thursday, Jun 202013, 5:36 AM| Comment!
Thursday, Jun 202013, 4:47 AMThe British banking sector needs to formulate plans to raise a combined £13.4B in order to meet Basel III capital requirements, the Bank of England's Prudential Regulation Authority said today. Banks had a total shortfall of £27.1B at the end of 2012 and have already drawn up programs to raise £13.7B, although some of the proposals need regulatory approval. RBS's (RBS) shortfall was £13.6B, Lloyds' (LYG) was £8.6B and Barclays (BCS) was £3B. However, the U.K. units of Banco Santander (SAN), HSBC (HBC) and Standard Chartered (SCBFF.PK) were in surplus. (PR) |Thursday, Jun 202013, 4:47 AM| Comment!
Monday, Mar 112013, 3:45 AMEurope's repo market dropped 11.9% to €5.6T in 2012, a report shows, suggesting that many banks are still relying on cheap loans from central banks rather than on each other and on investors for short-term financing. Report author Richard Comotto says the larger concern is that the repo market is contracting at a time when authorities would like to see the financial sector reduce its reliance on central banks. |Monday, Mar 112013, 3:45 AM| 1 Comment
Friday, Feb 152013, 1:10 PMWhile thinking about the XLF brings to mind the big banks, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) has climbed to become the ETFs 2nd-largest holding at 8.32%, just behind JPMorgan at 8.6%. Berkshire also ranks 2nd in the global financial ETF (IXG) - which allocates 3.29% of the fund to the stock, just behind HSBC. |Friday, Feb 152013, 1:10 PM| Comment!
Monday, Jan 72013, 5:02 AM"New, relaxed (Basel) liquidity rules suggest economies and banks may be weaker than thought," tweets Reuters' James McGeever. "And will new rules spur bank lending? Jury out on that." Markets don't seem to be too worried, though, with Stoxx Europe 600 Banks index +1.5%. (Previously) |Monday, Jan 72013, 5:02 AM| 1 Comment
Monday, Jan 72013, 4:04 AMCredit Agricole (CRARF.PK) leads major European banks higher, rising 4.7% after regulators ease Basel liquidity rules, followed by Deutsche Bank (DB) +4.3%, Unicredit (UNCFY.OB) +4.3% and Barclays (BCS) +3.7%. Also, SocGen (SCGLF.PK) +3.4%, HSBC (HBC) +0.75%, Lloyds (LYG) +1.9%, Santander (SAN) +2%, RBS (RBS) +1.5%, UBS (UBS) +2% and Credit Suisse (CS) +3.4%. Italy's Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMDPY.PK) +15%. |Monday, Jan 72013, 4:04 AM| Comment!
Tuesday, Jan 12013, 11:40 AM
Thursday, May 172012, 7:54 AMFitch's estimate of $566B in additional capital needs for the world's largest banks is likely to create a tradeoff for the lenders. A better capitalization ratio could lead to lower risk premiums, but more capital means ROE will suffer, maybe by more than 20%, thus reducing the bank's ability to attract investment. |Thursday, May 172012, 7:54 AM| 3 Comments
Thursday, May 172012, 4:43 AMThe world's 29 largest banks will need to raise an extra $566B in new capital by 2018 to meet tougher Basel III standards, according to a Fitch study. The extra capital would be a 23% increase on what banks held at the end of 2011, or roughly equivalent to three times their combined annual earnings. U.S. banks will be hit particularly hard by the relative capital requirements for risky activities. |Thursday, May 172012, 4:43 AM| 5 Comments
Monday, Oct 32011, 4:28 PMMitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MTU -2.5%) issues a statement after the close reiterating its commitment to its long-term strategic alliance with Morgan Stanley (MS -7.7%), noting that the company "remains core" to its global business strategy. Contrarians, take note. |Monday, Oct 32011, 4:28 PM| 6 Comments
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