Banking Pool

Value investing is defined as a systematic process of buying high quality stock at an undervalued market price quantified by intrinsic value and justified via financial analysis; then selling the stock in a timely manner upon market price recovery.

This Site’s Value Investment Fund’s 2020 Return: 35.46%

Dow Jones Industrial Average Return for 2020: 6.02%
S&P 500 Return for 2020: 15.28%

S&P Composite 1500 Return for 2020: 15.01%
Russell 2000 Return for 2020: 18.5%

The third pool of similar investments used with the Investment Fund is banking. Banking is a highly regulated industry 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 twice 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 vacillate 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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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.

  • Purchased 292.0560 Shares Wells Fargo Bank

    Purchased 292.0560 Shares Wells Fargo Bank
    With a tangible book value of approximately $33 per share and a current market price of $33.24 per share, the Banking Pool diversified its portfolio and purchased 292.056 shares of Wells Fargo Bank this morning. The company is due to report its quarter results later this week.  Including a transaction fee of $1 per share, the ...