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Geldzug: BANKS FY2019 – THE PAIN GOES ON AND ON

22 September 2019 The banking sector has underperformed the Australian market since 2015, and the results for the year to 30 September 2019 suggests that another year or two of underperformance is still to come. The latest results were dismal. Cash profits fell by 7.8% ($2.9bn) year-on-year. Revenue growth was minimal to negative as the big banks lost market share to their newer and more agile competitors. Banks’ cost to income ratio rose by 313 basis points on average, ranging between +200bp and +540bp. Net interest margins (the spread between banks’ lending rates and their cost of funds) narrowed for [...]

2019-11-22T14:54:21+00:00November 22nd, 2019|

Geldzug: BREXIT FROM A EUROPEAN VIEWPOINT

23 November 2019 In the wake of the GFC, and again after the June 2016 Brexit referendum, many fund managers left the City of London for European shores, in search of lower tax rates and less regulation, not to mention the fear that Brexit would cut them off from their clients’ money. But most of the English fund managers who flocked to Switzerland have long since departed. The fund managers were unable to adapt to Swiss cultural norms, or they deemed Switzerland too “boring”, or for many other non-substantive reasons in a long litany of typical English whinges. The “boring” [...]

2019-11-22T14:31:26+00:00November 22nd, 2019|

Geldzug: BANK RUNS IN CHINA

5th November 2019 In February this year, we outlined the risks of a financial crisis in China. (Published as one of our Geld Zug commentary articles: http://arminiuscapital.com.au/preparing-for-the-china-crisis/). One of the triggers for a financial crisis was a rash of problems among China’s small banks. This trigger may be taking shape right now. Another small bank suffered a run last week, making it the fourth small bank to get into trouble since May... [read more]

2019-11-04T15:44:40+00:00November 4th, 2019|

Geldzug: RECESSION O’CLOCK, AUSTRALIA?

4th October 2019 The biggest drivers of GDP growth in Australia are “houses and holes”, i.e. residential construction and resource exports. Residential construction is driven by factors internal to the Australian economy, whereas resource exports depend on the growth of the major global economies, particularly China. House prices and housing starts have been falling since early 2018, but there are recent signs that they are bottoming out. Optimists believe that the Reserve Bank’s two interest rate cuts plus changes in the banks’ prudential requirements will stimulate demand, prompting a recovery in 2020. We are more pessimistic: although house prices are [...]

2019-10-10T12:20:38+00:00October 10th, 2019|

Geldzug: THREE SEISMIC TREMORS IN SEPTEMBER

1 October 2019 The financial world was shaken by three seismic tremors during September 2019, but most people only noticed one of them. The First Seismic Tremor The one that everyone noticed was the drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil processing plant at Abqaiq on 14 September. The Yemen-based rebels who claimed responsibility have launched more than one hundred drone attacks in the last two years, on Saudi oil facilities such as oilfields, pipelines, and pumping stations, as well as military bases, airports, and other infrastructure... [read more]

2019-10-03T23:02:33+00:00October 3rd, 2019|

Geldzug: COMMONWEALTH BANK’S FY19 RESULT: TRENCH WARFARE AHEAD

12 August 2019 The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (“CBA”) is Australia’s largest bank at $140.6 billion, and the most expensive of the Big Four, in terms of P/E, dividend yield, and price to book ratio. As such, its disappointing result for the year ended 30 June 2019 does not augur well for the other three big banks (who all have September year ends)... [read more]

2019-08-19T23:51:03+00:00August 19th, 2019|

Geldzug: ANOTHER TRADE WAR – THIS TIME WITHOUT THE US

6 August 2019 With all the news about the Trump Administration’s trade disputes with China, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and the EU, the ordinary investor probably hasn’t noticed one trade war which doesn’t involve the US but could have serious consequences in East Asia. On 2 August 2019 the Japanese government removed South Korea from a “whitelist” of 27 countries which have blanket approval to buy certain sensitive Japanese exports. The whitelist exempts the specified countries from having to get individual approvals for the purchase of hundreds of commercially sensitive materials – for example, materials which have military as well as [...]

2019-08-05T20:32:04+00:00August 5th, 2019|

Geldzug: BANK TO THE FUTURE II

24 July 2019 Countless tech visionaries have talked about the potential for “disrupting” the banking industry. Some have even started companies which competed with traditional banks. (Despite his words, Gates himself never did so.) To date, none of these companies has had much impact on the incumbent banks, who have done a far better job of disruption by shooting themselves in the foot. (Honourable mention to Deutsche Bank, which since the GFC has managed to lose over 95% of shareholder value.) This is not to say that banking is immune from tech-based challengers, just that – so far – none [...]

2019-07-24T03:31:14+00:00July 24th, 2019|

Geldzug: FACEBOOK FACEPLANT

22 July 2019 Last month, with a great fanfare and many pious platitudes, Facebook announced its proposed global cryptocurrency, Libra. We, along with many others, expressed doubt that Libra would meet the regulatory standards which are mandatory in developed countries, particularly the anti money laundering and “know your client” rules. (See http://arminiuscapital.com.au/geld-zug-commentaries/  28 June 2019)... [read more]

2019-07-19T22:08:44+00:00July 19th, 2019|

Geldzug: FACEBOOK’S LIBRA: STAR SIGN OR TAMPON?

28 June 2019 Libra is planned to be a global cryptocurrency suitable for international transfers. Its value will be stable because it is based on a Reserve of high quality assets. There are many unanswered questions about Libra’s regulatory status, particularly about its compliance with anti money laundering rules. It will not be accepted in developed countries until it satisfies each country’s regulator. Libra can productively target remittances, which are an important segment of the global money transfer market. Remittances from rich countries to middle income and poor countries totalled USD $529 billion in 2018. The impact on Western banks [...]

2019-07-01T23:44:11+00:00June 28th, 2019|
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