I see it is another week of bank sector (and general financial market) excitement. Maybe I am just a glass half full sort of guy, but a bit of market volatility never really bothers me. Far more interesting is to work out how to react, not to panic about something theoretically you could predict and related. Anyhow, I do and I don’t care about banking stocks.
Hello Share Thrashers. It’s been a dire week for share shifters like us. It began with a relatively small techno bank in the US hitting the skids. Then the much bigger outfit Credit Suisse got into hot water and had to take loans from the Swiss Government. And shares in another US bank First Republic fell 25% on Friday after the bank said its was suspending its dividend "during this period of uncertainty”.
Hello, Share Starers. Banks are responsible for some of my biggest losses over the years. I still have holdings in most of the big British ones and, as I expect something of a resurgence, I will continue to hold them. Why am I optimistic?
Hello, Share Farmers. The big British banks have share prices stuck in the mud on roads which should be taking them north, but are not. And yet the compo paid out in PPI cases is nearly over. The deadline was on August 31st, 2019. Yes, that sparked off a huge number of last-minute claims, but many of those will be spurious anyway and the rest will soon be mopped up...
Hello Share Wishers. What a thundering disappointment banks have been. You would have thought that the huge recovery most Footsie shares have seen since the 2008 crash, would have catapulted banks back where they were pre-disaster. But are they Buckland Abbey!
Hello Share Planters. Here I am again, risking a commendation to look at the shares of one of the major British banks. This time Lloyds (LLOY) seems to me a worthwhile proposition. I am heavily over-exposed to this lot, so I personally hope so.
The Depression era US President Franklin Roosevelt is probably not often mentioned on this site but his dictum that ‘there is nothing to fear but fear itself’ is inadvertently one of the best pieces of stock market advice you are likely to read. Let’s consider this in respect of some of Britain’s best loved bank shares Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Lloyds (LLOY).