A phoenix rising from the flames?

February 5, 2019

US Banking

A decade ago, it may have felt like the world was going to end. The financial system appeared broken and banks were deemed to blame. Share prices in the sector fell dramatically and governments around the globe offered bailouts. A decade on and things have improved. U.S. regulators have imposed higher capital requirements of banks and other financial services companies, so they have been forced to raise their game.

Now, the banking sector is in much better shape and looks very different indeed. U.S.-based financial services firms have less leverage and more liquidity than they have had in decades, as demonstrated by their Tangible Common Equity Ratios.1In this sense, the global financial crisis provided an opportunity to try and get things moving in the right direction. We believe the U.S. banking sector now looks much more resilient as a consequence.

John Bailer, US equities portfolio manager at Mellon – a BNY Mellon company

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1A Tangible Common Equity Ratio is used to try and estimate how much capital a bank can sustainably lose before shareholder equity starts to become affected. As such, the higher the TCER, the more robust banks’ balance sheets are deemed to be.

All investments involve risk, including the possible loss of principal. 

Equities are subject to market, market sector, market liquidity, issuer, and investment style risks to varying degrees. The banking and financials industries are subject to extensive government regulation, can be subject to relatively rapid change due to increasingly blurred distinctions between service segments, and can be significantly affected by availability and cost of capital funds, changes in interest rates, the rate of corporate and consumer debt defaults, and price competition.

Gross domestic product (GDP) is a monetary measure of the market value of all the final goods and services produced in a period of time, often annually or quarterly.

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