Capital Markets

Jeff Ubben Is Returning $1.25 Billion To Investors Because The Market Is Overvalued

"The S&P 500's median P/E ratio is 18 times. For most high quality companies we follow, it is much higher. These valuations can only be justified by assuming cyclically high corporate margins will persist, a certainty of lower corporate tax rates and a risk-free rate that stays near all-time lows. We are skeptical of all of the above."

How Active Managers Can Profit From The ETFs' Takeover Of The Market

Sometime this week the 2,000th exchange traded fund will list on a domestic exchange. It is no exaggeration to say that there are more ETFs than investable stocks listed on US exchanges. Here is how active managers can profit from the relentless takeover of ETFs of the stock market.

Zimbabwe Central Bank To Accept Cows, TVs, Fridges As Collateral

As Zimbabwe desperately attempts to restart its monetary system, cow, cars, TVs, refrigerators, computers and other household appliances will become acceptable as collateral once they are evaluated and registered in the central bank’s register.

Gary Cohn Backs Reinstating Glass-Steagal, Breaking Up Big Banks

The former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive who is the top White House economic adviser told lawmakers he could support legislation breaking up the largest U.S. banks, according to people familiar with the matter, a development that bolsters congressional efforts to reinstate the Depression-era Glass-Steagall law.

The Forgotten Path to Prosperity

"When unnecessarily intrusive policies, laws, and regulations restrict our ability to be productive, incentives are diminished. Without proper incentives, productivity falters and the wealth and prosperity of a nation suffers."

Is Public Equity A Broken Concept?

At its core, the social compact between public equity markets and society is simple: over time, any investor should have access to the equity of important enterprises created by that society.  If that isn’t happening by virtue of some misalignment of incentives, then those need to be fixed.  The alternative – that the winners stay private but the losers are public – is untenable.  Investors will choose to hoard cash and capital will slowly stop circulating to its best possible use.

In Ominous Sign For Banks, Equity Trading Revenues Continue To Drop

As the first quarter wraps up, bankers say the weakness in equity trading revenues experienced last year is continuing. That is prompting questions about whether banks should be preparing for a longer-lasting decline in the business, rather than a cyclical dip.

Why Is Loan Growth Collapsing: Goldman Has An Answer

"we believe the current C&I slowdown reflects payback from credit facility usage by commodities firms, many of which began drawing upon credit lines in late 2015 as financial conditions tightened and the debt issuance window closed" - Goldman

Global Stocks, S&P Futures Little Changed On Brexit Day

Brexit day has finally arrived, and despite this major "risk event", European and Asian stocks are trading mixed, while S&P futures are just fractionally lower as a bounce on optimism over the American economy appears to have fizzled and President Trump continues to struggle to pass his legislative agenda. The pound first dipped then rose as the U.K. is set to begin its life outside the EU.