“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” – Henry Ford
The third pool of similar investments used with the Investment Fund is banking. Banking is a highly regulated industry, governed by the Federal Reserve, and thinly capitalized in comparison to other industries. The balance sheet is strongly weighted with current assets and liabilities. It is rare for the stock to trade at more than 1.5 times traditional book value. The top three key performance indicators are 1) the spread between interest earned and interest paid; 2) revenue from non-interest sources; and 3) the quality of the loans issued.
There is different tack taken with reading and interpreting a bank’s set of financial statements. The articles that follow in this area explain the respective interpretations of financial reports; how to key in on important bits of information; and how to properly set the buy and sell points for the respective member stocks.
The key advantage of bank stocks is the increased volatility of the stock’s price. In general, the stock’s price for banks vacillates at a higher frequency than the other two pools of the Club’s Investment Fund. This allows for short-term opportunities to fill the voids when holding cash. There is an in-depth explanation of this business principle in the articles below.
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Value Investing Episode 1 – Introduction and Membership Program
Below are articles related to the banking pool. Only the excerpts are available to non-members. Full access to the respective article requires membership status.
Sold Comerica Bank – Earned 18.38% in 35 Days!
Purchased 292.0560 Shares Wells Fargo Bank
Value Investment Fund Buys 369.9593 Shares of Comerica Bank